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Huntsville In Top 10 Best Places To Live

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On June 8, 2009

It isn’t just Huntsville residents who appreciate what a great place Huntsville is. Huntsville has recently been recognized by Kiplinger as one of their #1 Best 2009 City and is now being recognized by Relocate America as one of their Top 100 Places To Live. Huntsville ranks #7 behind Tulsa OK, Dallas Tx, Fort Worth TX, Pittsburgh PA, Durhan NC and Raleigh NC.

Here’s what Relocate America has to say about Huntsville:

Huntsville, the “Rocket City,” is in the heart of the South, 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, 100 miles south of Nashville, and 100 miles north of Birmingham. Our history encompasses the earliest Native Americans, Alabama’s first English-speaking settlement, the Civil War, the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, and the accomplishments of American space-age research. And we are truly an international city, home to immigrants from many lands, who bring their cultures and their dreams and their languages-more than 100 languages are spoken here-to enrich all of us. Huntsville is home to many international corporations, who are eager to employ our educated workforce and to take advantage of the easily accessible Huntsville International Airport.

The economy of Huntsville is relatively stable, and our unemployment figures are well below the national average. Huntsville/Madison County is home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Redstone Arsenal is one of the U.S. Army’s most important strategic posts. Several Japanese-owned companies operate manufacturing plants here. About one-fifth of our workers are employed in manufacturing, including technology-based precision manufacturing. Other major employers include Huntsville Hospital System Health Care, the Boeing Company Aerospace and Defense, and the Huntsville City Schools.

Real estate offerings in Huntsville are varied, and homes here are holding their value well. From urban condos and lofts downtown to houses in family-friendly subdivisions and larger homes on beautiful wooded lots, Huntsville has what you’re looking for. Low taxes and a low cost of living are just two reasons why Huntsville continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. Our community enjoys a taste of all four seasons, from the brisk winter winds, the flowering trees in the spring, the warm summer sun to the foliage in the fall. The average annual temperature is 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

We offer a wealth of education opportunities, sports and cultural activities. Driving into town, you can’t miss the Saturn V Rocket looming over the Alabama Space and Rocket Center. Our pride in our history is on display at the EarlyWorks Museums complex, comprising Alabama Constitution Village, the Historic Huntsville Depot and EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum. We’re also proud of the nationally accredited Huntsville Museum of Art, North Alabama’s leading visual arts center, the Huntsville Botanical Garden, a great place to take a class or host a wedding, and the historic Weeden House and Burritt on-the Mountain. We offer several public and private golf courses, including the Hampton Cove Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones. And our state-of-the-art Von Braun Convention Center hosts major concerts, Broadway performances, ballets, symphonies and a full range of sporting events.

The beautiful Alabama Mountain Lakes region has proven to be a wonderful place to work, to live, and to set down roots. Come for a biscuits and gravy breakfast or a catfish lunch finished off with a piece of pecan pie-we think you’ll want to stay.

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