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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 2016, Huntsville has a population of 193,079 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

Area codes for Huntsville: (256) and (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 (that had a count of 158,216 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Huntsville had an population of 193,079 people. This is an increase of 7.2% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 22.04% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Huntsville ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Huntsville and not the distance if you drove it.<6>.

Community   2016
Athens   [Map]   25,393   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Gurley   [Map]   786   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Madison   [Map]   47,959   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Mooresville   [Map]   58   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
New Hope   [Map]   2,803   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   1,852   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 that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Huntsville. We make it easy to see an overhead 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 get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Huntsville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Huntsville.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Huntsville. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Huntsville.

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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 starting from Huntsville. A straight line distance ignores things 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 for our own planning, 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 that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6994, Longitude: -86.6243     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Huntsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Huntsville.