Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley - Think Big, Live Local

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Rich in history and modern in science and technology, the Huntsville Metropolitan Area boasts a variety of lifestyle options for everyone.  Anchored by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, people and industry are flocking to Huntsville to take advantage of its big city opportunities and small town feel.  Huntsville is surrounded by family-friendly towns and suburban communities like Decatur and Madison, while the greater Tennessee Valley area offers an abundance of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery.  We work hard here, but we also value a good quality of life - whether that means having a manageable commute home, finding a good school for your kids, or being able to grab a beer with friends at one of our many microbreweries.

Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley - Plenty of Space for Everyone!

A Well-Paid and Highly Educated Workforce

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Huntsville was ranked the best place to live in America by US. News & World Report's 2022-2023 Best Places to Live report:

Forbes ranks Huntsville as #1 city for most engineers per capita in the US with an average salary of $102,766: lists the average Huntsville Salary as $71,000:

A Low Cost of Living and an Easy Commute estimated Huntsville’s Cost of Living 5.1% lower than the national average:

In May 2021, the median cost of a house in Huntsville was $275,000:

Designed by and for the large number of engineers, the average commute in Huntsville is 19 minutes, and it is easy to get across the city even in rush hour:

Huntsville International airport voted as the best small airport in the US by USA Today in 2020 and staying in second for 2021

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Our People and Our City

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The citizens of Huntsville are warm and outreaching, compassionate, and generous.  Huntsville is growing rapidly and becoming more and more of a melting pot.  NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center are dedicated to providing a diverse, inclusive, and encouraging work environment for everyone.

NASA named Best Place to Work in Federal Government for 9th Straight Year.

Huntsville named one of the South's "Best Cities on the Rise" by Southern Living Magazine:

Huntsville listed as one of the “Best Places to Live in the U.S.":

Huntsville is Alabama’s biggest city:

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On March 23, 2022, Huntsville popped up on Jeopardy under the category "Big City.":


In Rocket City, USA, education is taken seriously.  Of course, there are unique STEM adventures like Space Camp, but our schools offer a variety of excellent science, arts, and liberal arts opportunities to all students at every age.  2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools in the area include Bob Jones high School, Cleburne County Elementary School, Hewitt-Trussville High School, and John S. Jones Elementary School.  Adults wanting to obtain an advanced degree can select from several impressive higher learning institutions that call our area home.

Madison City Schools rank in the top 10 schools of Alabama:; and see their A+ ranking in Niche School Rankings at

U.S. News and World Report ranked Huntsville's New Century Technology High School the #2 High School in Alabama.

The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, a new magnet high school, will be opening its permanent location at Huntsville's Research Park.

In 2019 the Public Affairs Research Council ranked Alabama as the 7th Highest State for graduation rates with 80% of graduates college-ready.

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Things to Do

Are you a nature lover?  Do you like music or craft beer?  Love sports?  Huntsville has got you covered.

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Outdoor Activities

Museums, Gardens and Attractions

Arts and Culture

Sports and Entertainment

Local Food and Music

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