Huntsville is what’s happening. At least according to a U.S. News & World Report ranking, which lists Huntsville among the top places to live in the U.S., Huntsville secured the number 11 ranking in U.S. News’ report.
Why did Huntsville score so high?
Huntsville has definitely sprouted from its farming roots. The space boom of the 1960s catapulted Huntsville onto the scene, and the metropolis shows no signs of stopping. In fact, Huntsville is the largest growing metropolitan area in the state for the past 15 years. Estimates give Huntsville till 2020 to overtake Birmingham and other major cities of Alabama in population.
In tandem with Huntsville’s large space presence—helmed by entities such as the renowned U.S. Space & Rocket Center—Huntsville’s median income and level of education has soared. Space, and engineering, rest at the heart of Huntsville, and have rocketed the city to new heights on multiple fronts.
Increased opportunities for jobs and further education, coupled with low housing costs, have helped Huntsville climb the rankings of top places to live in the U.S. The warm weather, family atmosphere, and thriving downtown scene have also helped ferry Huntsville to the top.
Huntsville is Happening
While still primarily made up of family households, jobs in the engineering sector, low housing costs, and a lively downtown have begun to attract young professionals to the area. Outside of winter, there are usually weekly outdoor concerts, movie showings, and food trucks a plenty. Huntsville even boasts attractions that highlight the more eccentric forms of entertainment: laser light and music shows, giant pinball games, and more.
With all that it has going on, there’s little doubt as to why Huntsville earned a spot among the top places to live in the U.S.
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