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Huntsville, Alabama

Updated on September 15, 2020
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I have been planning on relocating to a warmer climate after I retire. I have researched many warmer climate cities and also visited some.

View of the city of Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

For some reason I keep getting drawn to Huntsville, Alabama. I have only driven through Huntsville once and have driven by it on I-65 a couple of times. I don't know why I am drawn to it, but I have done some research on the city and here is some of what I discovered.

Huntsville is in northern Alabama. It is about 83 miles north of Birmingham and 111 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee. It is also only 377 miles from Panama City, Florida. That means in about 6 hours you can get to a beach in Florida.

Huntsville averages about 57 inches of rain per year, but I would rather have rain than snow any day. The average high temperature in January is 49 degrees. The average high temperature in December and February are 52 and 55. The other 9 months have average high temperatures over 60 degrees with the warmest months being July and August at 89 degrees each month. They average 199 sunny days per year and only 1.6 inches of snowfall.

Huntsville is a fairly large city with a population of about 168,000. It is also very affordable with an overall cost of living rating of 82 based on a scale that uses 100 as average.

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville has some interesting tourist attractions as well. The Space and Rocket Center has rockets and artifacts from the U.S. space program.

They also have a Botanical Garden. Anyone that is interested in plants would enjoy this whether they just like the beauty of plants or are more interested in the various species of plants.

As far as employment goes, the top employers are Dynetics, SAIC and Northrup Grumman. As you can imagine with The Space and Rocket Center as one of the main attractions, Huntsville has jobs associated with space and technology.

On paper, Huntsville looks like a pretty good place.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Art West


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