Huntsville now third largest city in Alabama

June 6, 2017 by  

According the Census Bureau, Huntsville has caught up to and surpassed Mobile’s population, supplanting it as the third largest city in the state.

Huntsville’s future is looking bright; according to, among the four largest municipalities in the state only Huntsville’s population is growing. If this trend continues Huntsville officials may have to update its personalized stationary as it moves up the largest cities list over the next few years.

The state’s two largest cities, Birmingham and Montgomery, have shrank slightly over the past year. Only 6,943 people separate Montgomery, which holds the No. 2 position, and Huntsville. The city grew by 2,100 people since last year, and moreover the city council has just annexed land that will probably become a subdivision.

All of this bodes well for the city according to Lucia Cape of Huntsville Economic Development, who points out that that companies looking to locate or expand here are encouraged by a growing population. Additionally, companies moving to a new location will often bring with them a portion of their workforce, which also boosts the population.

Furthermore, it was not just people moving to Huntsville that added to its economic prowess; the Huntsville-Madison County Convention Center and Visitors Bureau has revealed that visitors to the area in 2016 provided a greater economic impact than any previous year.