Best Places to Live

Huntsville, AL

Population: 185,594
Courtesy of Straight to Ale

In northern Alabama near the border with Tennessee is Huntsville, a city whose primary economic sectors are aerospace and military technology. Nearly 60 parks are within the city limits, while college students have higher education options like the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Alabama A&M. Eight microbreweries are enjoying good sales, including Straight to Ale that serves brands with names that nod to the local space industry like Monkeynaut IPA and our pick, Unobtanium.