Huntsville, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Huntsville, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Huntsville had a population of 195,057 as of July 1, 2016. Huntsville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Huntsville is located at latitude 34.699 and longitude -86.673 in Madison County. The formal boundaries for the City of Huntsville (see map below) encompass a land area of 212.4 sq. miles and a water area of 1.34 sq. miles. Madison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 633 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Huntsville are located in Madison County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Limestone County.

The City of Huntsville (GNIS ID: 2404746) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Huntsville is located within Redstone Arsenal Division of Madison County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Huntsville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Huntsville: Hunts Spring, Twickenham.

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Huntsville, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 195,057
Population in Households 188,605
Population in Familes 143,565
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,452
Population Density1 918
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 83,804
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 49,248
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 92,839 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 47,807 (51.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,996 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,035 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $168,646
Average Home Value $214,270


Median Household Income $49,466
Average Household Income $71,282
Per Capita Income $30,943
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.29% 1.0%
Households 1.36% 1.05%
Families 1.31% 0.94%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   1.84%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Huntsville, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Huntsville to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 99th
Population Density1 # 55 91st
Diversity Index2 # 27 96th
Median Household Income # 104 82nd
Per Capita Income # 34 94th

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