Madison, AL


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Madison, AL

About Madison, AL

Madison, Alabama is a vibrant and growing city with a population of 47, Mid-sized city - Extreme northern Alabama, 15 miles south of Tennessee border.

State: Alabama
County: Madison County
Metro Area: Huntsville Metro Area
City: Madison
Zip Codes: 35758 35756
Cost of Living:
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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Madison Cost of Living
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Strong economy, low unemployment, and educated population make Madison a great place to live.

$356,000
+5.0% higher than avg
$105,335
+34.5% higher than avg
$990 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-16.0% lower than avg
Madison Crime
32.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Madison, Alabama
$68,040
for a family
$42,000
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Madison
   Strong economy
Isolation
   Low unemployment
Infrastructure
   Educated population
Hot, humid summers
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Low crime. Traffic not too bad even during peak times. Covert classim and racism. A stick with our own mentality. Not very diverse primarily just blacks and whites.  More

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Madison is nice. The schools are excellent, which is why we chose to live here. The job market is good for anyone with an engineering degree or ex military, but for  More

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We moved her about three years and we like it. Traffic on 565 isn't too bad except for rush hour, which is expected that time of day. The Madison city schools are  More

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