Huntsville is also an attractive retirement destination thanks to it’s low cost of living. The town’s cost of living ranks more than 15% lower than the national average, and the median home price is an affordable $130,000. Coupled with Alabama’s top income tax rate of 5%, these factors help make Huntsville popular for retirement.
Located in Northern Alabama, Huntsville is also recognized for interesting historic districts, including the Twickenham and Old Town Historic Districts; Federal, Greek Revival and antebellum architecture, and a surprisingly large number of interesting museums, such as the US Space & Rocket Center, Alabama Constitution Village and North Alabama Railroad Museum.
Best For: Military retirees
Cost of Living: 15.6% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $130,000
Top State Income Tax: 5%
Crime Rate: 52% higher than national average
Outdoor enthusiasts will also find themselves well-occupied in Huntsville, where they can visit the town’s 57 parks or 7 golf courses, one of which is part of the famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Performing arts also play a large role in Hunstville’s culture; the town is home to many theaters as well as Alabama’s oldest continually operating symphony orchestra.
Interested in learning? Huntsville is also home to 5 university campuses, many of which offer active continuing education programs. Though the town also has a very high crime rate, locals say it only affects very specific areas.