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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population188,973
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+87,547
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.5%
Median Earnings25+$35,480
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,793

Wealth

Median Family Income$69,699
% Above Poverty Level82.5%
% Below Poverty Level17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$750
Median House Value$168,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41%
English9.7%
German9.7%
Irish8.7%
Italian2.8%
Scottish2.4%
French Except Basque1.9%
African1.4%
Dutch0.9%
Polish0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Swedish0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
US/American0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Huntsville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Madison County
Standard Zip Codes35801, 35802, 35803, 35805, 35806, 35808, 35810, 35811, 35813, 35816, 35824
P.O. Box Zip Codes35804, 35807, 35809, 35812, 35814, 35815
Company Zip Codes35893, 35894, 35895, 35896, 35897, 35898, 35899
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.73
Approximate Longitude-86.56

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)

StationHUNTSVILLE INTL AP
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip57.5 inches
StationATHENS 2
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationPULASKI WATER PLANT
Distance40.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 48 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 73 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gurley775$36,607
Madison46,396$115,309
Owens Cross Roads1,799$75,658
Paint Rock221$38,333
Triana644$57,045
Woodville893$39,583

Huntsville Public Libraries

Huntsville - Madison County Public Library
915 MONROE STREET
Huntsville, Alabama
(256) 532-5950

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Huntsville Hospitals

Behavioral Healthcare Center At Huntsville
(Proprietary)
5315 Millennium Drive
(256) 964-6700
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of North Alabama
107 Governors Drive
(256) 535-2300
Crestwood Medical Center
(Proprietary)
One Hospital Drive
(256) 429-5000
Huntsville Hospital, The
(Government - District/authority)
101 Sivley Road
(256) 265-1000
Huntsville Hospital Women & Children-er
245 Governors Dr Se
(256) 265-8133
Fox Army Health Center: Lambert Rhonda W
4100 Goss Rd Sw
(256) 265-1000

Huntsville Public Schools

Mental Health Ctr
4040 Memorial Pkwy S W
ZIP: 35502
Other
Blossomwood Elem Sch
1321 Woodmont Avenue
ZIP: 35801
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Huntsville High Sch
2304 Billie Watkins Sw
ZIP: 35801
High
Total Enrollment 1883
Monte Sano Elem Sch
1107 Monte Sano Blvd
ZIP: 35801
Primary
Total Enrollment 173
Huntsville Middle Sch
817 Adams St Se
ZIP: 35801
Middle
Total Enrollment 572
Robert Neaves Ctr
817 Cook Ave
ZIP: 35801
Other
Roger B Chaffee Elem Sch
7900 Whittier Rd
ZIP: 35802
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Virgil Grissom High Sch
7901 Bailey Cove Rd
ZIP: 35802
High
Total Enrollment 1742
Whitesburg Elem Sch
6810 Whitesburg Dr
ZIP: 35802
Whitesburg Middle Sch
107 Sanders Rd
ZIP: 35802
Primary
Total Enrollment 790
Jones Valley Elem Sch
4908 Garth Rd
ZIP: 35802
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Farley Elem Sch
2900 Green Cove Rd Sw
ZIP: 35803
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Weatherly Heights Elem Sch
1307 Canstatt Dr
ZIP: 35803
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Challenger Elem Sch
13555 Chaney Thompson Rd
ZIP: 35803
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Mt Gap Middle Sch
821 Mt Gap Rd
ZIP: 35803
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
Mt Gap Elem Sch
821 Mt Gap Rd
ZIP: 35803
Challenger Middle Sch
13555 Chaney Thompson Rd
ZIP: 35803
Middle
Total Enrollment 512
Providence Elem
10 Chalkstone Street
ZIP: 35805
Primary
Total Enrollment 872
Louis J Morris Elem Sch
4801 Bob Wallace Ave Sw
ZIP: 35805
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Mcdonnell Elem Sch
4010 Binderton Pl
ZIP: 35805
Primary
Total Enrollment 625
Providence Sch
10 Chalk Stone St
ZIP: 35805
Westlawn Middle Sch
4217 9th Ave W
ZIP: 35805
Middle
Total Enrollment 529
Huntsville Ctr For Tech
2800 Drake Ave Sw
ZIP: 35805
High
Ridgecrest Elem Sch
3505 Cerro Vista Sw
ZIP: 35805
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Monrovia Middle Sch
1216 Jeff Rd
ZIP: 35806
Middle
Total Enrollment 1053
Monrovia Elem Sch
1030 Jeff Rd
ZIP: 35806
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Columbia High School
300 Explorer Boulevard
ZIP: 35806
High
Total Enrollment 758
Comm Intensive Treatment Youth
104 Spacegate Drive
ZIP: 35806
Lakewood Elem Sch
3501 Kenwood Dr
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
West Mastin Lake Elem Sch
5308 Mastin Lake Rd Nw
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Davis Hills Middle Sch
3221 Mastin Lake Rd
ZIP: 35810
Jo Johnson High Sch
6201 Pueblo Dr
ZIP: 35810
High
Total Enrollment 592
Montview Elem Sch
2600 Garvin Rd Nw
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Rolling Hills Elem Sch
2109 Hilltop Terr
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 431
Acad For Science & Foreign Language
3221 Mastin Lake Rd
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Edward White Middle Sch
4800 Sparkman Dr
ZIP: 35810
Ronald Mcnair 7-8
3221 Mastin Lake Road
ZIP: 35810
Middle
Total Enrollment 457
Highlands Elem Sch
2500 Barney Ave
ZIP: 35810
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Riverton Elem Sch
2615 Winchester Road
ZIP: 35811
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Central Sch
990 Ryland Pike
ZIP: 35811
Primary
Total Enrollment 764
Madison Co Career Tech Ctr
1275 Jordan Rd Bldg A
ZIP: 35811
High
Lee High Sch
2500 Meridian St.
ZIP: 35811
High
Total Enrollment 765
Madison Co Alt Sch
1275 Jordan Rd
ZIP: 35811
Other
Mt Carmel Elem Sch
335 Homer Nance Road
ZIP: 35811
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Chapman Middle Sch
2006 Reuben Dr Ne
ZIP: 35811
New Century Tech Demo High Sch
2500 Meridian Street Nw
ZIP: 35811
High
Total Enrollment 395
Chapman Elem Sch
2006 Reuben Dr
ZIP: 35811
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Martin Luther King Jr Elem Sch
3112 Meridian St
ZIP: 35811
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Riverton Intermediate Sch
399 Homer Nance Road
ZIP: 35811
Middle
Total Enrollment 775
Sr Butler High Sch
3401 Holmes Ave
ZIP: 35816
High
Total Enrollment 583
Acad For Academics & Arts
2800 Poplar St Nw
ZIP: 35816
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Univ Place Elem Sch
4503 University Ave Nw
ZIP: 35816
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
The Seldon Ctr
2820 Holmes Ave
ZIP: 35816
Ctr For Dev Learning
2901 Fairbanks St
ZIP: 35816
James E Williams Sch
155 Barren Fork Blvd.
ZIP: 35824
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Williams Middle Sch
155 A Barren Fork
ZIP: 35824
Middle
Total Enrollment 570

Huntsville Private Schools

Grace Lutheran School
3321 S Memorial Pkwy
ZIP: 35801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 126
The Childrens House Of Montessori
2605 Leeman Ferry Rd
ZIP: 35801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
The Pinnacle School
500 Governors Dr Sw
ZIP: 35801
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Greengate School
1300 Meridian St N Ste 220
ZIP: 35801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Mrs Rondas Montessori School
3102 Leeman Ferry Rd
ZIP: 35801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Huntsville Achievement School
406 1/2 Governors Dr
ZIP: 35801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
Susanna Wesley Early Education Ministry
120 Greene St Se
ZIP: 35801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Mayfair Child Development Center
1095 Carl T Jones Dr Se
ZIP: 35802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
The Riley Behavioral And Educational Center
1900 Golf Rd Sw Ste E
ZIP: 35802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
First Christian Church Early Childhood Ministry
3209 Whitesburg Dr Se
ZIP: 35802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Randolph School
1005 Drake Ave Se
ZIP: 35802
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 996
Holy Spirit School
619 Airport Rd Sw
ZIP: 35802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 414
Willowbrook Baptist Kindergarten
7625 Bailey Cove Rd Se
ZIP: 35802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Whitesburg Christian Academy
6806 Whitesburg Dr Se
ZIP: 35802
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 360
The Montessori School Of Huntsville
15975 Chaney Thompson Rd Se
ZIP: 35803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
Premier School Of Research Park
5095 Premier Dr Nw
ZIP: 35805
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Huntsville Christian Academy
175 W Park Loop Nw
ZIP: 35806
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 120
The Country Day School
1699 Old Dry Creek Rd
ZIP: 35806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 63
Calvary Baptist Academy
126 Douglass Rd Nw
ZIP: 35806
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 49
Westminster Christian Academy
237 Johns Rd Nw
ZIP: 35806
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 708
Covenant Classical School
220 Exchange Pl Nw
ZIP: 35806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Pope John Paul Ii Catholic High School
7301 Old Madison Pike
ZIP: 35806
Secondary
Total Enrollment 393
In The Beginning Christian Academy
3211 Lodge Rd Nw
ZIP: 35810
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 27
First Baptist Child Development Center & Academy
3509 Bluespring Rd
ZIP: 35810
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
Janice Mitchell Isbell Academy
3213 Lodge Rd Nw
ZIP: 35810
Secondary
Total Enrollment 3
Union Chapel Christian Academy
315-b Winchester Rd Nw
ZIP: 35811
Elementary
Total Enrollment 157
Deborahs Day Care & Kindergarten
2402 Hammonds Ave Nw
ZIP: 35816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Valley Fellowship Christian Academy
3616 Holmes Ave Nw
ZIP: 35816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 157
Islamic Academy Of Huntsville
1645 Sparkman Dr
ZIP: 35816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Providence Classical School
1705 Sparkman Dr Nw
ZIP: 35816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 171
Holy Family Parochial School
2300 Beasley Ave Nw
ZIP: 35816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 151
University Preschool Learning Center
4711 Holmes Ave Nw
ZIP: 35816
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Oakwood Adventist Academy
7000 Adventist Blvd Nw
ZIP: 35896
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 250
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