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Distance from Huntsville

MILES KM HOURS / MINUTES*
Athens 24 39 30 mins
Decatur 26 42 25 mins
Fayetteville, TN 31 50 38 mins
Guntersville 37 60 45 mins
Scottsboro 41 66 57 mins
Lynchburg, TN 48 77 59 mins
Pulaski, TN 52 84 1 hr
Cullman 55 88 55 mins
Florence 73 117 1 hr 30 mins
Birmingham 99 159 1 hr 30 mins
Nashville 122 196 2 hrs
Montgomery 191 307 3 hrs
Memphis 219 352 4 hrs
Atlanta 221 356 4 hrs
Mobile 361 581 5 hrs 30 mins
* Drive times are approximate and will vary depending on location within city and traffic conditions.

Area Statistics

Madison County

Facts

  • Huntsville is the birthplace of the U.S. Space program. The first U.S. rockets to put payloads and Americans into space were designed and built in Huntsville, as were the rockets that put man on the moon.
  • Huntsville/Madison County is home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.
  • Nearly every major U.S. aerospace corporation is represented in Huntsville, 90+ companies employing more than 11,000 people.
  • Military and support contract employment tops 32,000.
  • NASA’s MSFC and support contractors employ more than 8,000 in the Huntsville region.
  • Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park is the country’s second largest research and technology park, 300 companies employing 25,000 people in technology research and development.
  • More than half of the U.S. Army’s weapons procurement budgets are managed in Huntsville. All U.S. Army aviation, missile and missile defense programs are managed in Huntsville.
  • More than half of the U.S. Army’s foreign military sales are managed in Huntsville.
  • Total federal budgets managed in Huntsville exceed $24 billion annually.
  • NATO’s MEADS missile defense program office is headquartered in Huntsville. Germany, Italy and the U.S. are partnered on the development of the next generation theater missile defense program, MEADS.
  • November 2012, Metro Magnets Index, named Huntsville among Fastest Growing U.S. Cities
  • July 2012, Kiplinger’s Magazine, ranked Huntsville 3rd Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals in the nation
  • March 2012, Gallup, ranked Huntsville 4th Most Optimistic City in America
  • December 2011, Milken Institute, named Huntsville one of the Top 10 Best Performing Cities in the Country
  • September 2011, CNN Money, named Huntsville one of the nation’s Leading Places to Retire
  • July 2011, Huntsville named one of Forbes Leading Metros for Business.