Named one of the “Top 10 Places for Tech Jobs” by U.S. News, one of the “50 Best Places to Raise Children in the U.S.” by BusinessWeek, and the “Top Mid-sized City to Grow a Business” by Fortune Small Business, Huntsville is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and offers residents a favorable cost of living and a high quality of life. The city has become one of the top ten tech hubs in the country and the home of companies operating in a variety of sectors, including military, space, telecommunications, biotechnology, and diversified manufacturing.
The home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville has been a center for scientific research and development since the early years of the space program. Marshall Space Flight Center, one of NASA’s largest field operations, is located here, performing research in developing space transportation and propulsion systems. Cummings Research Park, the second largest research and technology park in the nation and fourth in world, is home to 220 electronics companies, government agencies, and contractors, such as Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, ADTRAN, DaimlerChysler, and SCI Systems, one of the world's largest contract electronics manufacturers.
The city’s schools consistently rank among the best in the state, and the region has universities and colleges that offer programs through the doctorate level in science and engineering, business and the liberal arts. Huntsville is a regional center for excellence in medical technology, providing state-of-the art facilities, in addition to several specialized health care and social service agencies that provide community resources and treatment options.
Huntsville offers many opportunities for recreation, both indoor and outdoor. Residents enjoy the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, hiking at Monte Sano State Park, and world class biking and fishing. The Huntsville Art Museum boasts impressive permanent and traveling exhibitions, and residents can also take in performances by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as well as major concerts and Broadway performances. The city also has professional minor league baseball and football, and college and professional hockey.
What you may not know about Huntsville:
- Relocate America named Huntsville the country’s “Top Places to Live” in 2010.
- Huntsville is where Wernher von Braun and his team of German scientists developed the rockets that eventually propelled American astronauts to the moon, thus giving the city its nickname - the Rocket City.
- The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s most popular tourist attraction.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010" list.
- Huntsville's commitment to sustainability began over 30 years ago with the founding of "Operation Green Team" and is now nationally recognized as a leader in the green movement.