Huntsville, AL

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Huntsville, AL

About Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, Alabama is a charming city with plenty of attractions for everyone. Nature lovers can explore the scenic Tennessee River or take a hike at Monte Sano State Park. History buffs should check out sites like the US Space & Rocket Center or EarlyWorks Children's Museum to learn more about Huntsville's past. Sports fans can catch a game at Toyota Field, while foodies can sample all kinds of delicious eats throughout town. Shopping lovers should head to Bridgestreet Town Centre or Parkway Place Mall for good deals on all kinds of items. With its pleasant atmosphere and exciting activities, Huntsville is an incredible destination! Mid-sized city - Extreme northern Alabama, 15 miles south of Tennessee border.

State: Alabama
County: Madison County
Metro Area: Huntsville Metro Area
City: Huntsville
Zip Codes: 35810, 35811, 35803, 35801, 35802, 35805, 35806, 35763, 35757, 35816, 13 total
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 644 ft above sea level

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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Huntsville Cost of Living

Strong economy, low unemployment, and educated population make Huntsville a great place to live.

-30.5% lower than avg
-13.2% lower than avg
$902 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-27.3% lower than avg
Huntsville Crime
66.9 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Huntsville
   Strong economy
   Low unemployment
   Educated population
Hot, humid summers
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Over 3 years ago

Everyone is always like “Huntsville is so up and coming”, which it is, but it’s forcing people out of their homes. They’ve created more jobs and places to live but not  More

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Over 3 years ago

Everyone is always like “Huntsville is so up and coming”, which it is, but it’s forcing people out of their homes. They’ve created more jobs and places to live but not  More

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There are two types of negative reviews here. 1) People are salty about not being able to afford this place anymore because it's growing. 2) The "ol' country  More

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