Anyone who has lived here for more than a few weeks will tell you there are dozens of reasons to love Huntsville, and working as a moving service in the area we’ve seen our fair share of people relocate here for just some of the reasons we’ve listed below.
1. We Are the Rocket City
How many places can you live in the world that are affectionately known as “Rocket City”? There are two actually, but the other one is Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia, and we can assure you it’s not nearly as peaceful or as prosperous as Hunstville.
How did Huntsville earn this name? Well, because our little city is a key part of the NASA space program. Explorer 1, the first United States satellite which achieved orbit, was built here. Yes, really. So, we have a cool factor that other cities can only aspire to. Oh, and livability.com ranked us ranked us as one of the top 40 places to live in the United States.
2. Absolutely Affordable
To use the language of realtors, the median price of a home in Huntsville is $140,000. And that amount won’t just buy you a tiny, cramped apartment – you’ll get a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home with garage space, front and rear lawn, and hardwood floors. Actually we tell a tiny lie – you can get all that for $135,000, so you’d have $5,000 to spend on something else. Groceries, utilities, dining out, clothing, beer and just about anything else you can think of costs far less here than elsewhere in the United States. So, you have more cash left in your pocket at the end of each month.
3. Great Outdoors
You don’t need to go far to find the great outdoors in Huntsville because the Appalachian Mountains are right on your doorstep. At sunset and dawn each day you’ll be treated to views that are normally only found on postcards, or in images which have been Photoshopped to within an inch of their life.
We also have a number of fantastic parks for residents and visitors to enjoy, including 2,000 acres of space at Monte Sano Park. Other parks worthy of mention are Green Mountain Nature Trail, and Joe Wheeler State Park.
Huntsville also has some of the best bike trails a cyclist could wish for, with many of them suitable for family use. Indian Creek Greenway is a short 6-mile cycle, with playgrounds along the route for your kids to enjoy. Little Cove Road Greenway provides you with another 5 miles of bike trail to explore.
4. Excellent Education in the Huntsville Area
Parents here don’t need to worry about the standard of education available locally because Huntsville is ranked in the Forbes top 30 cities with great education systems. Some of the high schools here are so good that they’re recognized across the United States for their academic performance. Two prime examples of this are the New Century Technology Demo High School, and Virgil Grissom High School. Both of these schools enjoy reading and math scores in the 97% range, and a teacher to student ratio of 17-to-1. So, no overcrowded classrooms, and much happier students.
5. Say Goodbye to Long Commutes
How would it feel to get in your car and be at your job 20 – 30 minutes later? Instead of spending hours commuting to your job each day, in Huntsville you can get there in less time than it takes to drink a cup of hot coffee. What most commuters forget is that you might be getting paid more to commute to that big job in the city, but you’re also spending dozens of unpaid hours traveling to and from your job each week. When you’re living in Huntsville your time becomes your own again, and probably for the first time in many years.
6. Growth Across the Board in Huntsville
Our population is growing, our GDP is growing, and our jobs market is booming. Huntsville is all about growth, opportunities, and a brighter future than you’re accustomed to. A growing population is a sign that a city is prospering, and Huntsville is prospering at a rate of 9% per year. Our GDP is in excess of $8 billion per year. What does that mean to you? We’re one of the few cities in the United States experiencing real economic growth. Less than 6% unemployment, coupled with salaries above the national average, and ongoing economic growth – sounds like a winning combination to us.
7. We Love Christmas
We love and embrace our traditions here, including our massive annual Christmas Parade, which is free for your entire family to enjoy. There are lots of other Christmas activities here during that special time of the year. We know that June is probably a little bit early to even mention Christmas, but traditions are important year round. Plus, we want to give you plenty of time to move here and join us for our wintery celebrations.