Every year, The U.S. News and World Report compiles a list of the best places to live in the United States. They look at data from 150 different metropolitan areas and analyze key points to determine which towns and cities are desirable. The surrounding job market, housing costs, and overall quality of life are all key factors that are considered when determining their rankings.
This year, there's a surprising city that's come out on top–Huntsville Alabama. Once a sleepy town, Huntsville has seen continuous population growth throughout most of the 20th and 21st centuries. Today, it is a lively city rich in history, art, and natural beauty.
Located in northern Alabama along the border of Tennessee, Hunstville occupies a somewhat central location in the southern region of the United States. The city is just a short drive away from several other major cities including Birmingham, Chatanooga, Nashville, and Atlanta.
The center of Huntsville's identity is its thriving space exploration center. But in addition to this, Huntsville has a wide variety of other interesting cultural attractions from historic museums to theaters and art galleries. The city is also home to several minor league sports teams.
The culinary scene within Huntsville is also very rich in diversity making it a foodie hotspot. You can find everything from traditional Southern BBQ to Vietnamese and German restaurants.
Above anything else, the two major factors that make this city such a desirable place to live is its year-round warmer weather and significantly lower cost of living compared to most other places throughout the country.
Huntsville has undergone a major renaissance in recent years. From new apartment and shopping complex construction to renovated schools, we don't see this city slowing down anytime soon.
To read more about the other cities that made the Best Places to Live List, be sure to check out the rankings here.