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Get to Know Madison County, Alabama

Growth, Industry, and Affluence

get to know madison county alabama

Madison County consists of the cities of Huntsville and Madison Alabama, several smaller towns and municipalities, and all of the unincorporated areas of Madison County, Alabama.

Madison County is part of the greater Tennessee Valley Region, nestled between the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains. The county is home to a large defense and aerospace sector, a major army installation in Redstone Arsenal, and a major government presence with NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in addition to a broad-based market of other industrial sectors. Cummings Research Park, situated primarily in Huntsville, houses one of the largest science and technology business parks in the world. Within the United States, it is second only to Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina.

Health services include hospitals with the most advanced medical capability available within a 100-mile radius. Madison County is also home to a family practice residency training program through the University of Alabama/Birmingham School of Medicine.

Several schools throughout Madison County are consistently ranked highly within the state. Madison County boasts two public universities: The University of Alabama in Huntsville (a Tier-One research university) and Alabama A&M (ranked 40th among the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation). Madison County is also home to a private HBCU, Oakwood University. Additionally, Calhoun Community College – Huntsville Campus and the JF Drake State Community and Technical College provide two-year associate degrees and trade certifications.

Poverty and Needs in Madison County, Alabama

In 2021, 16.8% of the children were living in poverty in Madison County, AL (almost 18,000).
About 8,000 or 9% of Madison County’s senior population are living in poverty.
Alabama is recognized as the sixth poorest state in the country.

When life improves for the under-resourced and those who need a hand up, not a handout, life improves for all. The future of Madison County truly rests with its citizens, their vitality, their productivity, and their generosity and sense of community.

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