Huntsville Alabama is a city located primarily in Madison County in the central part of the far northern region of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is the county seat of Madison County. The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County. It is the fourth-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the four-county Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.
Situated in the Tennessee River valley, several plateaus and large hills partially surround the city. These plateaus are associated with the Cumberland Plateau, and are locally called “mountains”. Monte Sano Mountain (Italian for “Healthy Mount”) is the most notable. Ditto Landing is known for its recreational facilities on the Tennessee River. There are also 57 parks within the city limits of Huntsville. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Huntsville to its “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010” list.
Huntsville Alabama‘s main economic influence is derived from aerospace and military technology. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area as 6th best place in the nation for doing business, and number one in terms of the number of engineers per total employment.
The majority of K–12 students in the city attend Huntsville City Schools. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is the largest university serving the area.