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Overview

Introduction to Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama stands out among cities in the Southeast by being repeatedly named by publications as one of the best places to live in the region. These ratings are for both business and for quality of life, two things for which the city scores high marks. Fortune 500 companies call Huntsville home. Industries related to technology and defense are common here, such as the Army's Redstone Arsenal, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and Cummings Research Park. Southern heritage mixes with high-tech entrepreneurial spirit to make a town with a high quality of life.

Huntsville Culture

There is a wide variety of cultural activities and amenities in the greater Huntsville area. From festivals to museums to historical cemeteries, the city has something to offer anyone. The Panoply Festival of the Arts is one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast, according to the Southeastern Tourism Society. The event has five stages that feature dance, music, and theater performances. Activities for children are plentiful, and there is an artist choreography competition. The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll features residents in period costumes representing notable Huntsville residents from the past. Alabama's history can be explored at the Alabama Constitutional Village where villagers in period clothing take visitors on tours of Federal style buildings.

Huntsville Sports and Leisure

Huntsville offers many different types of sporting events, including AA baseball with the Huntsville Stars, the Huntsville Speedway where NASCAR racing takes place, and Southern Professional Hockey League team the Huntsville Havoc. There are also a variety of recreation centers, parks, and youth athletic leagues located throughout the city and offering something for everyone in the way of leisure activities. Tennis, golf, and aquatic programs are offered at many recreational facilities.

Huntsville Outdoors

Located in the heart of the Tennessee River Valley, Huntsville is no stranger to natural beauty and outdoor fun. The city is surrounded by mesas and hills, and a mountain called Monte Santo is just east of the city. The Green Mountains, Rainbow Mountain, Madkin Mountain, Brindlee Mountain, and Wade Mountain are also close by. The land is karst spring country, and limestone bedrock caves are common in the area. In fact, the headquarters of the National Speleological Society are right in the middle of Huntsville. For those interested in horseback riding, 3H Stables can provide a view of the Alabama mountains from horseback. The Flint River is just 7 miles from Huntsville, and it provides excellent canoeing opportunities. Wheeler Reservoir offers 60,000 acres of outdoor fun and is camper's paradise. Green Mountain Nature Trail is a 16-acre park with wooded paths and covered bridges.

Huntsville at Night

Huntsville offers a great deal of choice when it comes to nightlife. There are a variety of dance clubs in the downtown area, and downtown on any weekend evening is bustling. There are also numerous bars and restaurants to choose from when planning an evening out with friends. Some of the most popular places include Sammy T's and 721.

People

Total Population 185,594
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 85,386
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 43%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.6%
Median Earnings25+ $33,611
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,150
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,377

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,917
% Above Poverty Level 81.8%
% Below Poverty Level 18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $733
Median House Value $162,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 8.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 99 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Madison
Metro Area Huntsville
Standard Zip Codes 35801, 35802, 35803, 35805, 35806, 35808, 35810, 35811, 35813, 35816, 35824
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35804, 35807, 35809, 35812, 35814, 35815
Company Zip Codes 35893, 35894, 35895, 35896, 35897, 35898, 35899
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.73
Longitude -86.586

Huntsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HUNTSVILLE INTL AP
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 57.5 inches
Station ATHENS 2
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Station PULASKI WATER PLANT
Distance 40.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gurley 691 $35,536
Madison 45,590 $111,688
Owens Cross Roads 1,667 $61,875
Paint Rock 208 $30,000
Triana 578 $52,500
Woodville 763 $46,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Huntsville Public Libraries

Library
Huntsville-madison Co. Pub. Library
915 MONROE STREET
Huntsville, Alabama
(256) 532-5950

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Huntsville Hospitals

HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
101 SIVLEY RD
(256) 265-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

CRESTWOOD MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
ONE HOSPITAL DR SE
(256) 880-4174
Emergency Service: Yes

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Huntsville High Schools

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VIRGIL GRISSOM HIGH SCHOOL
7901 BAILEY COVE RD
256-428-8000
Serves 1,916 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

SR BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL
3401 HOLMES AVE
256-428-7950
Serves 1,142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

HUNTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
2304 BILLIE WATKINS SW
256-428-8050
Serves 1,128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

LEE HIGH SCHOOL
606 FOREST CIR NE
256-428-8150
A Magnet School.
Serves 891 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

JO JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL
6201 PUEBLO DR
256-428-8100
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 841 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

NEW CENTURY TECHNOLOGY DEMO HIGH SCHOOL
102 WYNN DR
256-428-7800
A Magnet School.
Serves 250 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

THE SELDON CENTER
2820 HOLMES AVE
256-428-7830
A Non-traditional School
Serves 215 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT LEARNING
2901 FAIRBANKS ST
256-428-7120
A Special Education School
Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

ROBERT NEAVES CENTER
817 COOK AVE
256-532-0300
A Non-traditional School

MADISON COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1275 JORDAN RD
256-859-1148
A Non-traditional School

HUNTSVILLE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY
2800 DRAKE AVE SW
256-428-7810
A Vocational School

MADISON COUNTY CAREER ACADEMY
1275 JORDAN RD BLDG A
256-852-2170
A Vocational School

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