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Pros

-Strong economy
-Low unemployment
-Educated population

Cons

-Isolation
-Infrastructure
-Hot, humid summers


What Bert Has To Say About Huntsville Metro Area


Huntsville is a surprising and up-and-coming research, technology and high-tech manufacturing center in extreme north Alabama. It is known as the “Space Capital of America,” a role that started in the 1940’s when a U.S. senator brought famed German scientists, including Dr. Wernher von Braun, to a local U.S. Army arsenal to continue their work.

Today, NASA operates the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, and numerous technology and aerospace names Boeing, Teledyne, Lockheed Martin Northrup, LG Electronics, DIRECT TV, Sanmina, and Intergraph have large operations there. These industries have created a stable economy attracting a well-educated and well-paid work force, and the business and population base have naturally attracted a strong set of cultural and entertainment amenities.

The city itself is quite attractive; with mostly modern buildings in a wooded mountainous setting. Good neighborhoods spread south and into neighboring towns to the west, notably Madison. There are some older unattractive commercial strips belying its old South heritage to the north, but by in large the area is prosperous and it shows. Geographically the area is fairly isolated, but air service is improving. Some have complained that local infrastructure – roads, schools, hospitals – haven’t kept up well with growth, a predictable downside to the state of Alabama’s relatively low taxes and especially property taxes.

Surrounded by Appalachian foothills and 1,200-foot to 1,400-foot mountains, Huntsville is about 7 miles north of the Tennessee River Valley. The climate is humid subtropical with a continental influence mainly in winter. Summers are warm, still, and humid with thunderstorms every 1 in 3 days. Winters are cool with cold snaps alternating with warmer moist periods and occasional snow.


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Quick Facts About Huntsville


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Huntsville is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Huntsville jobs have Decreased by 1.44 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Huntsville's cost of living is 3.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Huntsville's population is 179,855 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.20 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Huntsville is $157,900. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Huntsville public schools spend $11,013 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16 students per teacher in Huntsville.

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Average Southern City
Huntsville, AL is a mid-sized city in north-central Alabama. It has a great economy/job market. The weather consists of hot, humid summers and mild, grey, wet winters.... (read more)
DDT in soil
Years ago The army buried DDT in the ground in metal drums and the DDT leaked out nad got in the water table. IS NOW IN THE TENNESSEE RIVER. DON'T MOVE TO HUNTVILLE... (read more)
How do you define "Quality of Life?"
I grew up in Huntsville, left when I was 20 and lived in New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Came back at 35 for... (read more)
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