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Huntsville earns top ranking in U.S. News & World Report Best Places to Live

Published on May 15, 2023

Huntsville has been named the second-best place to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 rankings. The city’s thriving job market, low cost of living and high quality of life were cited as the primary reasons for its top ranking.

Mayor Tommy Battle expressed his excitement and pride in the city’s achievement, stating, “We have always known that Huntsville is a great place to live, work, and play. It is an honor to receive this recognition and to share our city’s story with the rest of the country.”

In the past ten years, Huntsville has watched its star steadily rise to claim top tier placements in numerous national standings. In criteria ranging from affordability to jobs, quality of life, retirement, education, recreation and more, Huntsville has solidified its position as a thriving and desirable city.

“Huntsville is proud to once again join this impressive listing of dynamic cities,” Mayor Battle said. “Whether we’re #2, #1 or #15, we’ll continue our focus on sustainable growth and maintaining the exceptional quality of life that our residents deserve.”

According to U.S. News & World Report’s data analysis, Huntsville’s diverse economy, excellent educational institutions, and vibrant community were acknowledged as significant assets. The city’s reputation as a leading center for technological innovation and aerospace industries also played a vital role in securing its spot.

View the 2023 rankings here.

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