Huntsville is a bustling city located in mountainous Northern Alabama. The city features an abundance of shopping and dining options, and offers active adults easy access to a number of outdoor activities. Huntsville provides retirees plenty of opportunities for community involvement, with regularly occurring festivals, events, and local farmers markets.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Huntsville is categorized as humid subtropical. Winters in Huntsville are mild, with lows dropping down to the low 30s, and summers are hot and humid, with highs reaching the low 90s. The city receives more rainfall than average and much less snowfall, averaging just 2 inches of snow per year. The rainiest months in Huntsville are November through March.
Huntsville is located within the Cumberland Plateau near the Appalachian Mountains. The city is north of the Tennessee River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
As one of the most populated cities in Alabama, Huntsville offers active adults a number of entertainment options. The city is home to several museums, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and the Huntsville Depot Museum.
Retirees can enjoy a hike or bike ride through Monte Sano State Park, or a peaceful stroll among the flowers at Huntsville Botanical Garden.
Plenty of shopping and dining options are available in Huntsville at Bridge Street Town Centre. In addition, Huntsville is home to plenty of annual festivals and events including the Mardi Gras Parade, Von Brewski Beer Festival, and Monte Sano Art Festival. The city also offers a number of farmers markets where community members can purchase fresh produce and goods.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Huntsville is lower than the national average. This is mainly due to the average cost of housing being significantly below average, however, grocery, housing, utility, and transportation costs are all below the national average as well.
Alabama is considered to be one of the most tax-friendly states in the country. Property taxes in Alabama are among the lowest in the country, and Social Security benefits are not taxed. Income tax ranges from 2 percent to 5 percent.
Huntsville ranks in the top 94 communities to live on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Active adults seeking health care options in Huntsville have a number of options in the city. Huntsville Hospital, ranked the No. 2 hospital in the state by U.S. News, is high performing in six procedures and conditions. Crestwood Medical Center is rated as high performing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).