Huntsville, Alabama – Retirement Guide

Huntsville, Alabama   Retirement Guide

Huntsville gained notoriety among members of the tech sector and military thanks to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as well as the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command situated nearby at Redstone Arsenal. The scenic town remains a popular retirement destination for military retirees, and thanks to the tech industry, which earned it the nickname, “Rocket City,” it maintains an intellectual vibe.

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.

Pros: Vibrant tech scene, historic districts, cultural and outdoor activities abound. Cons: High crime rate in certain areas.
At a Glance:
Best For: Military retirees
Population: 182,956
Cost of Living: 15.6% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $130,000
Unemployment: 5.5%
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.

Top Retirement Cities in Alabama:  Fairhope Huntsville

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