Huntsville, Alabama has been known as the Rocket City since the 1960s when the city gained national recognition for becoming involved in the Space Race. The large presence of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal brings many rocket scientists, engineers, and government contractors to the city.
Today, Huntsville is the fastest growing metro area in Alabama. The city also has the most educated population in the state. As the city continues to grow, it has gained a charming tagline: A Smart Place to Live, Work, and Play.
Low Cost of Living
U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States, considering quality of life, job market, and overall best places to live, ranking Huntsville as #7 in the nation for 2018!
Residents located in the city tend to pay less for cost of living than other metro areas in the United States, even though the cost of living is higher than the state average. Huntsville homeowners pay less for cost of housing, yet they pay roughly the same cost as an average American for utilities, groceries, and transportation.
Unique Job Opportunities
A vast majority of those employed in Huntsville work for the U.S. government or the NASA program in some form or fashion. Aerospace and military technology make up the majority of the city’s economy as well as its employment opportunities.
Additionally, there is a large number of private sector opportunities for Huntsville residents working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Cummings Research Park is home to big-name companies such as Boeing, SAIC, and Northrop Grumman. Furthermore, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a unique company making significant discoveries in genomic research and disease diagnosis.
This city not only offers unique job opportunities, but it also has an unemployment rate below the national average. The national unemployment rate is 3.7%, while Huntsville’s unemployment rate is 3.5%.
Huntsville takes the “smart place to play” part of its tagline very seriously! The city is home to amazing local breweries and hosts the best beer festival around. In fact, the Rocket City Brewfest is practically a city holiday. The weekend-long festival features live music, local vendors, and the best craft beer in the region. Let’s just say that craft beer is serious business here!
In addition, residents and visitors enjoy shopping, sports, and various other kinds of entertainment. Huntsville is home to one of the best shopping destinations in Alabama – Bridge Street Town Centre, equipped with fine dining, prime retail stores, and the largest movie theater in town. One of the latest additions to Huntsville’s entertainment is the new and popular franchise, Top Golf. This is the perfect location for a date night, birthday party, or a fun night out with friends.
The sports scene is also on the rise in Huntsville. You wouldn’t think that a town in North Alabama would be known for its hockey team, but the Huntsville Havoc has a loyal local following. Additionally, Huntsville recently welcomed the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the new Minor League Baseball team, coming in 2020. The name of this Minor League Baseball team has already caught national attention. It is sure to grab the hearts and loyalty of Huntsville’s local residents.
Looking for fresh air? Step outside and enjoy nature at:
- Monte Sano State Park
- Green Mountain
- Lake Guntersville
- Tennessee River
- Downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park
The downtown area hosts outdoor concerts, movies, and food truck rallies all year.
Lastly, Huntsville focuses on the arts with various productions at the Huntsville Broadway Theatre League, artwork displayed at the Huntsville Museum of Art, and a privately owned arts center, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment.
Great Place to Raise a Family
In addition to Huntsville being a great place to work and play, it is a great place to live and raise a family. While Huntsville is working on an increasingly exciting downtown scene to appeal to young professionals, most of the area’s households are composed of families.
Huntsville City School District oversees 36 different schools. This doesn’t include the surrounding areas like Madison City, located right on the outskirts of Huntsville city limits. This school district is home to some of the largest and best public schools in the state.
Madison and Limestone counties, which are included in the Huntsville metro area, have among the highest median incomes in the state.
Additionally, Approximately half of Huntsville’s population claims religious affiliation. Most residents are a part of the evangelical protestant community, but there are a variety of other places to worship including mosque and temples.
Huntsville has been one of the fastest growing metro areas in the state for the past 15 years. It is projected to be the largest metro area in Alabama by 2022. Huntsville is and continues to be a smart place to live, work, and play!
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