Did you know Huntsville, AL was ranked in the top 40 of the 100 best places to live in the United States? It really was. You can ready more about it at Livability.com.
Since the major industries in Huntsville are aerospace and military defense, the city is nicknamed “The Rocket City.”
- Population - 180,254
- Metro population - 440,200
- Cost of living - 4.5% below national average
- Median household income: $53,157
- Unemployment rate - 6%
- Job growth rate - 1.5%
- Median home price – $140,300
- Average commute - 22 minutes
According to Forbes rankings, Huntsville landed in these spots:
- #28 in education
- #81 in job growth
- #90 best city for business and careers
- #158 in cost of doing business
Why Huntsville, AL Ranks Well:
As mentioned earlier, Huntsville ranks in the top 40 for best places to live, but why? The study by Livability is based on numerous factors and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Ipsos Public Affairs and private sector research firms.
Huntsville ranks so well because it fulfills these four qualities: access, affordability, choice and utilization. Meaning – the access to healthcare, education, infrastructure, good climate; the affordability of living, job sector, quality of life; choices of services and means of transportation; and utilization of the area and opportunities.
Quick History of the Huntsville Area:
First settled by Chickasaw Native American people around the year 1300. In 1805, John Hunt, a revolutionary war hero, arrived in the area and the town was renamed after John.
What’s interesting is that Huntsville was first named: Twickenham. It received this name in acknowledgement of British poet Alexander Pope who lived in a town called Twickenham. However, anti-British sentiment quickly caused residents to change the name.
In 1811, Huntsville became the first incorporated town in Alabama.
Things To Do in the Area:
1.) If you ever visit “The Rocket City,” then you have to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, which brings the nickname to the area. The Huntsville area is home to a lot of NASA’s rocket technology and engineering.
An interesting fact: the first American satellite sent into orbit was from Huntsville (Explorer 1). The famous rocket scientist Wernher von Braun lived and worked in Huntsville during the 50s and 60s.
The Space and Rocket Center is a fantastic place to spend the day with the entire family. Whether you’re young or old, or anywhere in between, you’ll enjoy everything you can explore, learn and view at the center.
2.) – The U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum is another great place to visit and learn about the history of America. Oh, and you can see the world’s oldest surviving jeep: the Ford Pygmy.
Exhibits boast artifacts from the Revolutionary War all the way to present day.
3.) – Swing by the Harmony Park Safari to take a step into the lands of some beautiful and amazing animals. This is one of the most unique attractions Huntsville has and it’s great for people of all ages. It’s a drive-through style zoo where you’ll see zebra, bison, ostrich, giraffe, emu, kangaroo and more. Most animals are able to come up to the vehicle and eat from your hand. It’s an exciting an fun adventure right in North Alabama.