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Huntsville, Alabama

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Welcome to Huntsville ...

The city of Huntsville is primarily located in Madison County and is the County Seat for Madison County. A portion of Huntsville extends into Limestone County.

When the people of Huntsville refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Huntsvillian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Huntsville has a population of 194,585 people<2> (see below for details).

Huntsville was established in 1805.

The community of Huntsville is 610 feet [186 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Huntsville lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Huntsville, you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Area codes for Huntsville: (256) & (938)<4>

The ZIP codes for Huntsville: 35801-35816, 35824, 35893-35899<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Huntsville had a population of 180,105 people (which is 53.79% of the total population of Madison County). This makes Huntsville the county's most populous community.

The population of Huntsville represents 3.77% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 180,105 people, the population of Huntsville increased 13.83% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 158,216 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Huntsville had an population of 194,585 people. This is an increase of 8.04% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 22.99% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Huntsville.

Communities near Huntsville ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Huntsville and not the distance if you drove.<6>.

Community   2017
Gurley   [Map]   781   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Madison   [Map]   48,861   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
Mooresville   [Map]   59   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
New Hope   [Map]   2,842   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Normal   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   1,939   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Huntsville.

Communities Also Named Huntsville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 27 communities that are also named Huntsville - they are located in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana (2), Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio (3), Ontario, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Huntsville.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Huntsville. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Huntsville. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Huntsville. Our list includes 75 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Huntsville:

Websites for Huntsville ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Huntsville ...

Looking for more information about Huntsville? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Huntsville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Huntsville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Madison County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Huntsville:

The official website for Madison County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Huntsville refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Huntsville may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Huntsville.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Huntsville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Huntsville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Huntsville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Huntsville includes: 35801, 35802, 35803, 35804, 35805, 35806, 35807, 35808, 35809, 35810, 35811, 35812, 35813, 35814, 35815, 35824, 35893, 35894, 35895, 35896, 35897, 35898 & 35899.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Huntsville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Huntsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Huntsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Huntsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7333, Longitude: -86.5972     [Map].

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