Profile for Huntsville, Alabama, AL
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"Rocket City, U.S.A."
Huntsville is a city in Madison County. (The community straddles Madison and Limestone counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
The community was named after John Hunt, settler.
The latitude of Huntsville is 34.730N. The longitude is -86.586W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 633 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 164,237.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Huntsville demographic reports
Huntsville is between the Tennessee River and the Tennessee border.
Former and merged names include:
· Hunt's Spring
Redstone Arsenal was developed here during World War II. Scientist Wernher von Braun arrived in 1950, leading development of the Redstone, Jupiter and Pershing missiles
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 988. The number of murders and homicides was 19. The violent crime rate was 6.1 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 3 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "Tom and Huck"
Well-known residents have included:
· Tallulah Bankhead, actress
· N. Jan Davis, astronaut
· Wernher von Braun, rocket engineer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Multicultural Extravaganza - April 1-30, 2007
- Latin-American Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
- Down Home Blues Festival - May 26, 2007
- Folklife Festival - May 19-20, 2007
- Van Cliburn Festival - April 12-14, 2007
- Harvest Fest - Nov. 3, 2007
- Panoply Arts Festival - April 27-29, 2007
- Moon Over Three Caves Dance - Sept. 15, 2007
- Indian Heritage Festival - Oct. 20, 2007
- Limestone Dust Poetry Festival - April 28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Huntsville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Ballet Company
Nearby parks & recreation:
Monte Sano State Park
Huntsville attractions: Huntsville-Madison County Botanical Garden, Harrison Brothers Hardware
Sports teams: Stars (minor league baseball), Huntsville Havoc (Southern Professional Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: EarlyWorks, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Weeden House Museum, Burritt Museum and Park, Sci-Quest
Colleges and universities:
University of Alabama, Oakwood College, Faulkner University-Huntsville, J F Drake State Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 72
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Huntsville demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Madison County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Huntsville area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35810 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Huntsville residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Huntsville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Huntsville was $24,015, compared with $21,587 nationally.
36% of Huntsville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Huntsville festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Panoply Arts Festival - A
- Down Home Blues Festival - M
- Indian Heritage Festival - O
- Folklife Festival - M
- Limestone Dust Poetry Festival - A
- Van Cliburn Festival - A
- Multicultural Extravaganza - A
- Harvest Fest - N
- Latin-American Festival - O
- Moon Over Three Caves Dance - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Huntsville include Twickenham Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Huntsville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $405. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $864.
Libraries in Huntsville include Bailey Cove Branch Library, Bessie K. Russell Branch Library, Blue Spring Branch, Elenor E. Murphy Branch Library, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Oscar Mason Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Huntsville include Huntsville Times
TV stations in Huntsville include WAAY, WAFF, WHIQ, WHNT, WZDX.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WJAB.
Madison County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Huntsville political report.
Huntsville restaurants taking online reservations include Pauli's Bar and Grill ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Huntsville workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 61 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Huntsville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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