View of the city of 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.
On paper, Huntsville looks like a pretty good place.