Huntsville : Alabama
Living a Small town Lifestyle in Huntsville, Alabama
This prosperous mid-sized college city of 171,000 is located north-central Alabama. Huntsville is known as the "Rocket City." It has achieved some fame for its NASA Marshall Space Flight Center , the Redstone Arsenal, and as a high-tech center. It is also become a popular destination for individuals from all over the country, based on availability of desirable housing, beautiful parks, and a vibrant commercial and cultural infrastructure.
The population grew over 13% from 2000 to 2008. The University of Alabama at Huntsville is the largest of several colleges in town, which gives a youthful boost to the community.
Picture of rockets in Rocket Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Daderot.
Where to Live & Real Estate Values
Huntsville is situated in the Tennessee Valley of Madison County known for its beautiful mountains and karst landscapes. There are several historic neighborhoods to live in, including the Twickenham Historic District, which features homes in the Federal and Greek revival styles. Two others are the Old Town and Five Points Historic Districts. There are also many nice active adult and 50+ communities in the Huntsville area (see link at top right).
According to city-data the average home prices in 2011 was $135,000. Home prices in Huntsville are higher than in most other cities in Alabama ($101,000). According to Zillow.com, the median selling price in Huntsville in late 2011 was about $150,000 and the median list price of homes was $165,000. 61% of the homes in Huntsville are self-owned properties. Most of the homes sold in Huntsville are 1000-2400 sq.ft. with the median size of the most preferred property being 1624 sq.ft.
What is special about Huntsville
NASA Space Center, Redstone Arsenal, the huge (2000 acre) Mante Sano State Park, symphony, museums, 10 public golf courses, the Von Braun Center (10,000 seat), and numerous cultural festivals like the Spring Jam. Plus many new 55+ communities to choose from. University of Alabama at Huntsville and other colleges. Highly educated population. Huntsville was ranked #8 on CNN/Money's list of the Top 25 Places to Retire.
What is not special about Huntsville
Summers are very warm and humid. Growth is rapid and traffic can be thick.
Climate and Physical Environment
Huntsville is on the northern border of Alabama in the middle of that border. It is in the Tennessee River Valley. Summers are hot and humid, average January temperature is about 40 degrees (F.).
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Culturally Huntsville is the leading city for many miles. It has the Fantasy Playhouses and the Huntsville Theatre; Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center; festivals including the Big Spring Jam, Panoply Arts Festival, ConS+ellation sci-fi convention; and offerings from the U. of Alabama - Huntsville. Its Symphony Orchestra is the oldest in the state. The extensive Huntsville Public Library has 12 branches througout the city.
According to citydata.com, the crime index in Fairhope is 479.2 which is above the national average of 319.5. The number of violent crime reported in the city is 7 on the scale of 10 and property crime is 8 on the scale of 10, which is much higher than the national average of 4/10.
Huntsville Hospital System and Crestwood Medical Center are highly rated.
Huntsville International Airport