The Huntsville-Madison County Metropolitan area is the second largest metro in Alabama with a population of over 455,000 residents. This area of North Alabama is the fastest growing in the state thanks to a robust economy that welcomes new employers and industries from across the country.
Huntsville is currently Alabama’s third largest city, and is on track to become the largest city in the state. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report named Huntsville the #7 Best Place to Live in the country. Forbes has named Huntsville one of the Top 20 Leading Metros for Business, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named Huntsville one of the country’s Top 10 Cities for Raising Families. Other honors include The New York Times One of the 52 Best Places To Go in 2019, #3 on The Wall Street Journal’s List of Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money, #6 in the Nation for Job Growth in 2018, Top 25 in Most Educated Cities in America, #1 on the list of Top 10 Best Cities for STEM Workers in America, #7 Best Place to Live in the US, and #2 of Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots.
Madison is currently the 10th largest city in Alabama with a population of over 50,000 residents. Madison is the fastest growing city in Alabama, and its public schools rank #1 in the state for college preparedness. Madison was named the Best Place to Raise a Family in Alabama by Stacker in 2018, Best Place to Live in Alabama by Niche in 2017, and #25 on moveBuddha’s list of 100 Most Popular Small Cities to Relocate in 2017.