Huntsville OverviewThe Huntsville/Madison County economy is one of the strongest economies in the Southeast, marked by low unemployment, steady job growth, and income levels that regularly lead the region. Business growth and investments from U.S. and international companies have made Huntsville/Madison County one of the country’s “hot spots” for business growth and quality of life.

Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains amid numerous lakes and the winding Tennessee River, the region boasts numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, golf and water sports. Though smaller than many major metropolitan areas, the community’s low-cost advantages and attractive lifestyle have garnered recognition from major publications as one of the country’s best values for quality of life.

Huntsville named among top 25 cities for high-tech startups
August 2013 Entrepreneur Magazine

Huntsville named 2013 Playful City USA
May 2013 KaBOOM!

Huntsville named one of 10 great places to be inspired by innovation
April 2013 USA Today

Alabama rated No. 2 state for small business friendlieness
April 2013

Huntsville named among the nation's Top 20 strongest economies
April 2013 Policom Corporation

Huntsville named among 25 Best Places to Retire
February 2013 Forbes

Huntsville named among Metro Magnets Index "Fastest Growing U.S. Cities”

November 2012 Metro Magnets Index

Huntsville ranked third-best city for mid-career professionals
July 2012 Kiplinger

Huntsville named Top Ten Leading Creative Class Metros
July 2012 Atlantic Cities

Huntsville named fourth most optimistic city in America
March 2012 Gallup

Detailed information available from the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County