With over 800 square miles, Madison County includes both a significant amount of farm land, used mainly for cotton and soybeans, to sophisticated planned development communities. It ranks number three as far as population and is second only to Shelby County, where Birmingham is located, for per capita income. It is also a major technology center for the country.
Located in the center of the Tennessee Valley, Madison County it is bordered by Tennessee to the North and roughly half way between Nashville and Birmingham. It is also the same distance between Mississippi and Georgia to the west and east. Madison County is also the third in the state as far as population. Click on this map of Madison County to see the overall layout of the area. The two major cities in Madison County are Huntsville and Madison.
Madison County, created in 1908, was named for President James Madison. It became known for a number of firsts including the state’s first bank, public library, and railroad. Due to the large production of cotton the area became known as “Cotton Row”. Monte Sano mountain which provides a beautiful view of the city became the home of the Monte Sano Hotel in 1887 which served a magnet for wealthy business men to start new businesses in the area.
A major beginning for the technology occured 1950 when Dr. Wernher von Braul was brought in to lead a group of 118 German scientists for the Army rocket program. The development of missiles led to the formation of Redstone Aresenal then the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960. Most of the German scientists ended up moving to the area. NASA engineers became paramount in designing rocket engines which would lift rockets into space and eventually carry us to the moon. In 1970 the U.S. Space and Rocket Center was begun and later became a major attraction for the area.
Some of the rich history can be experienced at Alabama Constitution Village, and Burritt On the Mountain. These portray the historical significance of the area both locally and across the state. Children can enjoy history at the hands-on Earlyworks Museum and life on the rails in 1800’s at the Huntsville Historic Depot.
As you fly into the Huntsville International airport over Madison one of the first things you might see is the towering Saturn V rocket! Huntsville which borders Madison to the east is known as the “rocket city” due to its significance in developing space technology since 1950. In addition to space technology Madison and Huntsville are also known for a significant footprint in the national defense industry. Both of these have resulted in enormous growth in technology.
Watch these videos for a tour of some of the technology what Madison County has to offer.
The school system in Madison County is divided into three groups: Madison County, Huntsville City, and Madison City systems. Huntsville City Schools are some of the best in the South East. Students have access to a to a large range of courses than that include distance learning, magnet schools, as well as those catering to the arts and culture. The Madison City School System, ranked number three among the state’s top schools, offers a quality education through a large range of courses. Bob Jones High School is within the top 5% in the nation. Lots of additional educational opportunities are available which include distance learning, magnet schools, as well as those catering to the arts and culture. Click here for a more detailed overview of the education system.
Huntsville International Airport is known throughout the country. It is an 18-county service region known for its outstanding customer service, latest technology and customer convenience.
Bridge Street Town Centre is located at the corner of Old Madison Pike and Research Park Boulevard in the heart of Cummings Research Park. It features over 70 upscale shops and restaurants, the Westin Huntsville Hotel, and a 10-acre lake. The property also features a customer service centre, 10-acre lake, carousel, fountains and lots of green open spaces.
At Parkway Place Mall you can enjoy shopping, dining and fun for the entire family. It includes over 110 specialty stores and even a space with a Play Area for children.
Wherever your interests lie you will find something in the way of Attractions and Recreation in Madison County and the surrounding areas in North Alabama. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center allows visitors to explore the past, present, and future of space. Historical museums, nature trails, great hunting, spectator sports, and water recreation at Guntersville and the Tennessee River can be found throughout the area. You can also play on a great selection of golf courses such as the 54 hole Robert Trent Jones courses at Hampton Cove.
Arts and Cultural
Along with our historic attractions Madison Country is home to a substantial arts and cultural community. The Arts Council works to supports the work of more than 100 member arts organizations and individual artists. The Arts Council’s Arts Assembly represents the very best of Huntsville music, dance, theatre, film and visual, literary, communications and multidisciplinary arts and culture.
Huntsville also boasts a premier arts museum with 13 galleries hosting a 2,522 permanent piece collection and a continuous array of traveling exhibits. You can also visit the Signature Gallery which represents a funky group of artists and craftsmen with a large collection of functional pottery, woodwork, glass items, and both traditional and contemporary jewelry. The gallery sports a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. You can find Signature Gallery on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville.
Madison County Demographics (Click to view)!
Whatever your favorite season you will experience it here. Huntsville is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 40's. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 89.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 30.70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and fairly limited during winter with an average difference of 19 degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation at Madison is 57.51 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is March with an average rainfall of 6.68 Inches
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