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County Details
County #089: Madison MSA: Huntsville Area of State: North Central
Communities: Gurley, Huntsville, Madison, New Hope, Owen Cross Roads, Triana
Population and Income Estimates
  County 15-mile Radius 30-mile Radius 45-mile Radius
2010 Census
334,811 326,945 592,235 880,875
2018 Estimate
367,309 362,441 635,558 930,036
2023 Projection
387,855 383,972 662,013 959,968
2018 Est. Median Household Income
$63,240 $64,659 $56,387 $51,307
2018 Est. Median Age
39 39 40 40

Source: ESRI. Note: Radius data is from county seat. Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
County Labor Analysis
2017 Labor Force
County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Madison 175,153 168,412 6,741 3.8%
2015 Workforce Commuting Patterns
There are 105,075 county residents working in the county and 28,694 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 60,665 residents living outside of Madison county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Jefferson    2. Morgan    3. Limestone
4. Shelby    5. Marshall
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Limestone    2. Morgan    3. Marshall
4. Jefferson    5. Lincoln, TN

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S.Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) , OnTheMap application.
County Employment by Industry
Total: 195,702
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: 5,487
Manufacturing: 20,979
Wholesale Trade: 4,113
Retail Trade: 4,113
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: 2,086
Finance and Insurance: 3,726
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 2,060
Professional and Technical Services: 32,257
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 672
Administrative and Waste Services: 17,062
Educational Services: 2,046
Health Care and Social Assistance: 16,436
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 2,552
Accommodation and Food Services: 16,997
Other Services (except public administration): 3,274
Total Federal Government: 17,789
Total State Government: 3,204
Total Local Government: 21,061
County Wage by Industry
Total: $11,271,962,429
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: $253,848,109
Manufacturing: $1,527,777,778
Wholesale Trade: $266,715,275
Retail Trade: $266,715,275
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: $122,082,083
Finance and Insurance: $253,916,509
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $82,118,260
Professional and Technical Services: $3,082,817,438
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $62,497,931
Administrative and Waste Services: $477,118,901
Educational Services: $79,341,189
Health Care and Social Assistance: $851,443,646
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $36,809,514
Accommodation and Food Services: $270,010,979
Other Services (except public administration): $96,086,398
Total Federal Government: $1,837,487,291
Total State Government: $193,086,259
Total Local Government: $1,040,151,896
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2017 annual averages. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
Major Employers in Madison County
U.S. Army/Redstone ArsenalGovernment37,000
NASA/Marshall Space Flight CenterGovernment6,500
Huntsville HospitalHealth Care6,341
Huntsville City SchoolsEducation3,000
The Boeing CompanyAerospace/Defense2,900
Madison County SchoolsEducation2,389
City of HuntsvilleGovernment2,206
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleEducation1,660
ADTRAN, Inc.Telecommunication Systems Manufacturing1,549
Major Manufacturing Employers in Madison County
The Boeing CompanyAerospace/Defense2,900
ADTRAN, Inc.Telecommunication Systems Manufacturing1,549
TechnicolorBlueray Disc Manufacturing1,450
Toyota Motor Manufacturing AlabamaAutomotive Engine Manufacturing1,350
Northrop GrummanAerospace/Defense1,100
Dynetics, Inc.Aerospace/Defense1,038
Teledyne Brown EngineeringAerospace/Defense794
Lockheed Martin CorportationAerospace/Defense764
PPG AerospaceAircraft Glass Manufacturing750
SanminaElectronics Assembly702
Source: Local economic development contacts
2018 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   16.4%
Bachelors Degree: 25.7%
Associates Degree: 8.5%
Some College, No Degree: 20.3%
High School Graduate/GED: 20.2%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 6.0%
Less than 9th Grade: 2.7%

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Colleges and Universities
Alabama A & M University - Huntsville, AL
University of Ala @ Huntsville - Huntsville, AL
Faulkner University Huntsville Campus - Huntsville, AL
J F Drake State Tech College - Huntsville, AL
Oakwood College - Huntsville, AL

Source: Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Note: Information on Alabama’s two and four year colleges can be found on the Commission’s website http://

School Systems
Huntsville City
Madison City
Madison County

Source: Alabama Department of Education; Note: Detailed information on Alabama’s public school systems and individual schools can be accessed on the Alabama Department of Education website;
2017 County Profile General Tax Structure
Ad Valorem Tax     Alabama has a state property tax rate of 6.5 mills (3 mills for education). Both county and city can levy property tax. All real and personal business property is assessed at 20% of fair market value.

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Other Business Related Taxes County (Outside Incorporated Areas) State
State Tax General Rate: 1.50% 4.00%
Use Tax General Rate: 1.50% 4.00%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 0.75% 1.50%
Use Tax on Machinery: 0.75% 1.50%
Source: Alabama Department of Revenue; Note: Information on business-related taxes is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website at Construction materials are taxed at the general rate. Inventories and goods-in-process are not taxed.
Interstates in County: I-565      
Federal Highways in County: US-231       US-431       US-72      
Railroads Serving County: Norfolk Southern      

Source: Alabama Department of Transportation Intermodal Division,

Commercial Air Service General Aviation Service
Nearest commerical air service: Huntsville Int'l Airport-Carl T Jones Field Nearest general aviation facility: Madison Co. Executive Airport
Huntsville, AL Huntsville, AL

Source: EDPA Survey of Commercial Airports; Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau;;