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Things to Know When Moving to Alabama

Huntsville is a city located primarily in Madison County in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama.[9] Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County.[10] The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County[11] and south into Morgan County.[12] Huntsville's population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census.[13] Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871.[14] The Huntsville Metropolitan Area's population was 417,593 in 2010[15] to become the 2nd largest in Alabama.[16] Huntsville metro's population reached 441,000 by 2014.[17]

It grew across nearby hills north of the Tennessee River, adding textile mills, then munitions factories, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command nearby at the Redstone Arsenal. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its "America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010" list.[
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Registering your Car: Upon becoming a resident of Alabama, you have 30 days to register your vehicle at the offices of county license plate-issuing officials in the county in which you are residing. You have to submit your out-of-state vehicle registration, insurance forms, bill of sale, and the application of registration along with the required fees. (Helpful Link: Alabama DMV)
Obtaining an Alabama Driver’s License: You have 30 days to obtain an Alabama driver's license after establishing permanent residence in the state. You can exchange your valid out-of-state driver's license for an Alabama license by passing a vision test. If you are in possession of a out-of-state license that has been expired more than three years, then you may be required to take the written test, road skills test, and the vision test.


Real Estate: The average listing price for homes in Alabama is $226,479, while the median sales price is just over $145,000. The Alabama Association of Realtors is the official real estate resource for the state of Alabama.


Moving and Storage: If you are looking for a moving company or storage facility to help you with anything, you should check to make sure the company is registered with the United States Department of Transportation or with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Huntsville is located at 34°42′N 86°35′W (34.7, -86.6).[48] The city has a total area of 210.0 square miles (543.9 km2).[49] Huntsville has grown through recent annexations west into Limestone County, a total of 21.5 square miles (56 km2), or 13,885 acres (5,619 ha).[50]

Situated in the Tennessee River valley, Huntsville is partially surrounded by several plateaus and large hills. These plateaus are associated with the Cumberland Plateau, and are locally called "mountains". Monte Sano Mountain (Spanish for "Mountain of Health") is the most notable, and is east of the city along with Round Top (Burritt), Chapman, Huntsville, and Green mountains.[51] Others are Wade Mountain to the north, Rainbow Mountain to the west, and Weeden and Madkin mountains on the Redstone Arsenal property in the south. Brindley Mountain is visible in the south across the Tennessee River.

As with other areas along the Cumberland Plateau, the land around Huntsville is karst in nature. The city was founded around the Big Spring, which is a typical karst spring. Many caves perforate the limestone bedrock underneath the surface, as is common in karst areas. The National Speleological Society is headquartered in Huntsville.

Boundaries
The city is primarily surrounded by unincorporated land. The following incorporated areas border parts of the city:[52]

Athens (far northwestern tip of Huntsville)
Decatur (southwest)
Owens Cross Roads (southeast)
Triana (south)
Several unincorporated communities also border Huntsville, including:

Harvest (northwest)
Meridianville (north)
Moores Mill (northeast)
New Market, Alabama (northeast – oldest Alabama settlement)
Redstone Arsenal (U.S. Army base) (south)
The Huntsville city limits expanded west to wrap around and in 2011 fully surrounded the neighboring city of Madison.[52]

Madison[53]

Household Income

   

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$51,441

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

± $1,283

80,000

NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS

± 1,061

In 2016, the median household income of the 80,000households in Huntsville, AL grew to $51,441 from the previous year's value of $48,775.

The following chart displays the households in Huntsville, AL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75-$100k range.

Property Value

   

$168,900± $3,296

2016 MEDIAN

$162,800± $3,287

2015 MEDIAN

In 2016, the median property value in Huntsville, AL grew to $168,900 from the previous year's value of $162,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Huntsville, AL compared to other geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Huntsville, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k-$250k range.

Property Taxes

   

< $800

AVERAGE RANGE

This chart shows the households in Huntsville, AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Huntsville, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Climate

  • A view of South Huntsville from atop Monte Sano Mountain

  • Huntsville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). It experiences hot, humid summers and generally mild winters, with average high temperatures ranging from near 90 °F (32.2 °C) in the summer to 49 °F (9.4 °C) during winter.

  • Huntsville is near the center of a large area of the U.S. mid-South that has maximum precipitation in the winter and spring, not summer. Average yearly precipitation is more than 54 inches. On average, the wettest single month is December, but Huntsville has a prolonged wetter season from November to April, with (on average) 5 or more inches of precipitation each of those months. The relatively drier months are from August to October.[citation needed] Droughts can occur in the summer, but usually there is enough rainfall to keep things very lush and humid. Much of Huntsville's precipitation is delivered by thunderstorms.[citation needed] Thunderstorms are most frequent during the spring, and the most severe storms occur during the spring and late fall.[citation needed] These storms can deliver large hail, damaging straight-line winds, and tornadoes. Huntsville lies in a region colloquially known as Dixie Alley, an area more prone to violent, long-track tornadoes than most other parts of the US.[54][55]

  • On April 27, 2011, the largest tornado outbreak on record, the 2011 Super Outbreak, affected northern Alabama. During this event, an EF5 tornado that tracked near the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant destroyed many transmission towers and caused a multi-day power outage for the majority of North Alabama. That same tornado also resulted in considerable damage to the Anderson Hills subdivision and in Harvest, Alabama. In total, nine people were killed in Madison County, and many others injured.[56] Other significant tornado events include the Super Outbreak in April 1974, the November 1989 Tornado Outbreak that killed 21 and injured almost 500, and the Anderson Hills Tornado that killed one and caused extensive damage in 1995.[57][58] On January 21, 2010, Huntsville experienced a rare mid-winter tornado. It registered EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale and resulted in moderate damage. Because it was not rain-wrapped and was easily photographed, it received extensive media coverage.[59]

  • Since Huntsville is nearly 300 miles (480 km) inland, hurricanes rarely arrive with their full force; however, many weakened tropical storms cross the area after a U.S. Gulf Coastlandfall. While most winters have some measurable snow, heavy snow is rare in Huntsville. However, there have been some unusually heavy snowstorms, like the New Year's Eve 1963 snowstorm, when 17 in (43 cm) fell within 24 hours. Likewise, the Blizzard of 1993 and the Groundhog Day snowstorm in February 1996 were substantial winter events for Huntsville. On Christmas Day 2010, Huntsville recorded over 4 inches (10 cm) of snow, and on January 9–10, 2011 it received from 8.9 inches (23 cm) at the airport and up to 10 inches (25 cm) in the suburbs.[60]

Rent vs Own

   

58.7%

2016 HOMEOWNERSHIP

58.4%

2015 HOMEOWNERSHIP

In 2016, 58.7% of the housing units in Huntsville, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.6%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Huntsville, AL compared to its parent geographies.

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Car Ownership

   

2 cars

AVERAGE NUMBER

The following chart displays the households in Huntsville, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Huntsville, AL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

As of the census of 2000, there were 158,216 people, 66,742 households, and 41,713 families residing in the city. The population density was 909.0 people per square mile (351.0/km2). There were 73,670 housing units at an average density of 423.3 per square mile (163.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 64.47% White, 30.21% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 2.22% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.04% of the population. Non-Hispanic Whiteswere 58% of the population in 2010,[65] compared to 86.9% in 1970.[66]

There were 66,742 households out of which 27.6% had children living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.91. Same-sex couple households comprised 0.5% of all households.

2010 census

Map of racial distribution in Huntsville, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Other (yellow)

As of the census of 2010, there were 180,105 people, 77,033 households, and 45,416 families residing in the city. The population density was 857.6 people per square mile (332.7/km2). There were 84,949 housing units at an average density of 405.3 per square mile (156.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.3% White, 31.2% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.9% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.

There were 77,033 households out of which 24.9% had children living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.91.

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