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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
334,811 326,943 592,351 880,931
2016 Estimate
359,713 354,370 628,651 922,065
2021 Projection
378,698 374,765 656,803 953,300
2016 Est. Median Household Income
$58,306 $59,452 $52,326 $47,188
2016 Est. Median Age
38 38 39 40

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data or Maps include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2016 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
County Labor Analysis
2016 Labor Force
County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Madison 173,295 164,279 9,016 5.2%
2014 Workforce Commuting Patterns
There are 101,245 county residents working in the county and 28,892 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 61,189 residents living outside of Madison county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Madison   2. Jefferson   3. Morgan
4. Limestone   5. Shelby
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Madison   2. Limestone   3. Morgan
4. Marshall   5. Jefferson

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: 186,631
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: 4,932
Manufacturing: 20,042
Wholesale Trade: 4,078
Retail Trade: 20,584
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: 2,324
Finance and Insurance: 3,594
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 1,950
Professional and Technical Services: 30,091
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 758
Administrative and Waste Services: 15,799
Educational Services: 2,002
Health Care and Social Assistance: 15,337
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 1,844
Accommodation and Food Services: 16,225
Other Services (except public administration): 3,424
Total Federal Government: 17,751
Total State Government: 3,063
Total Local Government: 20,012
County Wage by Industry
Total: $10,435,242,795
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: $214,423,255
Manufacturing: $1,408,935,912
Wholesale Trade: $265,004,506
Retail Trade: $553,084,164
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: $126,653,276
Finance and Insurance: $231,828,757
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $73,889,759
Professional and Technical Services: $2,776,349,725
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $63,271,038
Administrative and Waste Services: $457,997,954
Educational Services: $76,956,311
Health Care and Social Assistance: $799,868,885
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $32,562,553
Accommodation and Food Services: $242,158,254
Other Services (except public administration): $93,691,608
Total Federal Government: $1,763,619,772
Total State Government: $190,998,832
Total Local Government: $928,019,790
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2015 annual averages.. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards
Major Employers in Madison County
U.S. Army/Redstone ArsenalGovernment/Defense35,000
NASA / Marshall Space Flight CenterAerospace/Defense6,500
Huntsville HospitalHealthcare6,341
Huntsville City SchoolsEducation3,000
The Boeing CompanyAerospace/Defense2,600
Madison County SchoolsEducation2,389
SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation)Aerospace/Defense2,277
City of HuntsvilleGovernment2,206
Camber CorporationAerospace/Defense2,125
University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)Education1,660
Major Manufacturing Employers in Madison County
The Boeing CompanyMissile and Space Vehicles2,600
ADTRANTelecommunication Equipment1,549
Northrop GrummanElectronic Products1,200
Toyota Motor ManufacturingAutomotive Engines1,150
Lockheed Martin CorporationMissile and Space Vehicles1,084
Dynetics, Inc.Search, Detection, Navigation Systems and Instruments1,038
Teledyne Brown EngineeringHardware794
PPG AerospaceAircraft Transparencies 750
Source: Local economic development contacts
2016 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   15.0%
Bachelors Degree: 24.4%
Associates Degree: 8.3%
Some College, No Degree: 21.8%
High School Graduate/GED: 21.5%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 6.2%
Less than 9th Grade: 2.8%

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data or Maps include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2016 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

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;
2015 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: 1.5% 4.0%
Use Tax General Rate: 1.5% 4.0%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 0.8% 1.5%
Use Tax on Machinery: 0.8% 1.5%
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;;