Huntsville, AL

Population: 188,973 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Huntsville has a Livability Score of 79/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Huntsville crime rates are 7% lower than the Alabama average
  • Cost of living in Huntsville is 6% higher than the Alabama average
  • Huntsville real estate prices are 31% higher than the Alabama average
  • Rental prices in Huntsville are 3% higher than the Alabama average

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      Huntsville, AL

      Located in Madison County, Huntsville is a town in Alabama that grows each year because of the tight feeling of community that is residents feel and that visitors often experience. Many of the people who live in Huntsville own their homes instead of renting. While walking or riding your bike down the sidewalks, you can smell various aromas coming from small cafes or view the clothing and other items in the windows of the shops that line the streets. Many of the residents have a moderate view when it comes to politics.

      Living in Huntsville is affordable whether you want to rent a home or you want to purchase one. Prices associated with both types of living are below the national average. There is a balance of homes that are owned and those that are rented in the city with many of the rentals found closer to the downtown area. There is a wide range of ages in the city as well as a significant amount of diversity regarding ethnic groups as everyone is made to feel welcome in Huntsville. The city has been named as one of the World's Smartest Cities as well as one of the Most Educated Cities in America.

      There are numerous career opportunities for those who live in Huntsville and the surrounding areas. From family-owned stores to large businesses, including NASA, you can usually choose the type of job you want to pursue. Jobs with Google and Toyota are available as well. Wages run close to average with the rest of the country. The cost of living is low in Huntsville, which means that it's usually easy to get ahead in finances over time.

      Since Huntsville is located in the northern area of Alabama, there are several major cities in other states that are only a short distance away. Some of the cities you can travel to including Knoxville, Atlanta, and Memphis. When you want to venture away from the city, Destin, Gulf Shores, and other beaches are only a few hours away from Huntsville.

      The food options in Huntsville range from southern comfort dishes to sushi and tacos. You can find elegant restaurants as well as cafes that serve pastries and coffee. Many of the smaller shops are busiest in the early morning hours and late in the evening. Space Exploration has a history in the state and in Huntsville. Aside from NASA, some of the companies that can be found in the city that specialize in rockets, astronauts, and other space details include Boeing and Blue Origin. Aside from the variety of jobs, the friendly people, and the outdoor activities that you can enjoy, Huntsville offers beautiful views of the Tennessee Valley that are sure to steer you in the direction of this growing city.

      Top Rated Schools in Huntsville

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Providence Elementary SchoolPK - 5891n/a
      Roger B Chaffee Elementary SchoolPK - 5421n/a
      Mental Health CenterKG - 12n/an/a
      Martin Luther King Jr Elementary SchoolPK - 5481n/a
      Central SchoolPK - 8745n/a
      Lincoln AcademyKG - 877n/a
      Monrovia Middle School6 - 81,035n/a
      Challenger Middle School6 - 8439n/a
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      Huntsville, Alabama Review
      Huntsville, Alabama is a great place to live. When I lived in Huntsville, I really enjoyed all of the great food and restaurant choices the city has. One thing I miss greatly are the fantastic po boy sandwiches that can be found in Huntsville. A favorite place of mine for po boy sandwiches is The Po Boy Factory. I would actually go so far as to say they have some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the entire state of Alabama, which is no small feat. There is not much in this world better than great Cajun cooking. With the affordable prices and the comfortable casual atmosphere, the Po Boy Factory is a great place to have a meal, whether with family or friends. This Huntsville restaurant has gotten extremely popular from people spreading the word about the authentic Louisiana cuisine that can be found deliciously prepared at the Po Boy Factory. For this reason, there is usually a short wait to get a table, but it is well worth it for the food.

      Huntsville, Alabama is a beautiful town full of friendly people and great food that isn't found everywhere. It's a great place to call home.
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      Source: The Huntsville, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).