U.S. News and World Report ranks Huntsville 3rd best place to live in America

City Of Huntsville
Photo via the City of Huntsville’s Facebook

Big news for Huntsville! The U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Rocket City as the third best place to live in the United States. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal and the new Mazda/Toyota plant, the Huntsville metro area leapfrogged other U.S. boomtowns, like Austin and Nashville to take home the bronze in this year’s ranking.

Why Does U.S. News Love Huntsville?

Space Shuttle With External Fuel Tank
Photo via U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Huntsville has attractions for all walks of life. Space lovers can learn about space exploration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Art enthusiasts can visit Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment to support spunky distinctive local artists. Foodies can enjoy the freshest restaurants in the walkable downtown area.

For sports lovers, everyone is a fan of the Huntsville metro area’s minor league baseball team the Rocket City Trash Pandas. And let’s not forget the Huntsville Havoc minor league professional hockey team at the Von Braun Center. This diverse array of activities guarantees unending entertainment.

Rockin’ Prices

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Rendering of the planned mixed-use development at Huntsville’s former Coca Cola Bottling Plant. Photo via City of Huntsville

Downtown Huntsville is experiencing tremendous growth and a massive transformation. Being one of the most affordable places to live in Alabama, Huntsville residents spend less on housing than other U.S. metro areas. 

What else was appealing about the Huntsville metro area to the U.S. News and World Report folks?

  • The median monthly rent totals to $836. 
  • The housing market has some of the lowest prices when compared to other big metro areas. 
  • The median salary totals to $55,980.
  • Companies like Mazda/Toyota, Facebook and Amazon have all built facilities in the Huntsville area.

Combined with the lower cost of living, this makes for a great quality of life. The unique mix of attractions and affordability makes Huntsville undoubtedly one of best places to live!

Growing into New Spaces

Huntsville is reaching for the stars. Since the U.S. News and World Report last report, Huntsville has moved 15th place to 3rd passing places like Seattle and Denver. 

2022?  Watch out Boulder, Colorado this year’s #1 ranked city. The Rocket City is coming for the winning title.

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