If there were ever an ideal place to pursue a career in the STEM field, it’s Huntsville, Alabama. Did Silicon Valley come to mind first? Well, think again — Huntsville's scientific success stretches back to the height of the Space Race, and with countless opportunities for scientists, entrepreneurs and academics, it's no surprise that Huntsville earned the #1 spot on our list of the 10 Best Cities for STEM Workers.
Also known as the Rocket City, Huntsville is Alabama’s third most populous city, and is home to key NASA facilities and military centers. But the city wasn’t always thriving: for more than a century it was a small cotton town with a population of around 16,000. Everything changed after World War II, when more than 100 German rocket scientists settled in Huntsville to conduct research that would ultimately spearhead the US’s journey into space.