Huntsville 79 Exceptional
Huntsville Livability #15 ranked city in Alabama#3,228 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Huntsville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Huntsville Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Alabama
937% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Huntsville cost of living
D+ Huntsville Crime Total crime is 7% lower than Alabama
Total crime
2,4083% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 423% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Huntsville crime
D+ Huntsville Employment Household income is 15% higher than Alabama
Median household income
$51,4417% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$32,3749% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%9% higher than the US average
Huntsville employment
C+ Huntsville Housing Home value is 31% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$168,9009% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$75021% lower than the US average
Home ownership
59%8% lower than the US average
Huntsville real estate or Huntsville rentals
C+ Huntsville Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
86%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Huntsville K-12 schools
A- Huntsville User Ratings There are a total of 20 ratings in Huntsville
Overall user rating
77% 20 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 19 total surveys
all Huntsville poll results

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      Living in Huntsville, AL

      Located in the state of Alabama, Huntsville is a moderately-sized city with a population of 188,973 residents. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Huntsville is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Huntsville, Alabama. Finding the best places to live in Huntsville and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

      Using data and statistics Huntsville has received a livability score of 68 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 55th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Huntsville ranks well for amenities (A+). Regrettably for Huntsville, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Huntsville on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville Botanical Garden, and Monaco Pictures.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Huntsville is actually affordable. The median home price for Huntsville homes is $168,900, which is 31.4% higher than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Huntsville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 13.8% higher than the Alabama average.

      Huntsville transportation information

      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.4%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.4%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.3%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.2%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.9%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Huntsville, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).