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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
2017 Estimate
363,655 358,554 631,766 924,550
2022 Projection
383,937 379,867 658,723 953,647
2017 Est. Median Household Income
$60,866 $62,007 $54,643 $50,113
2017 Est. Median Age
39 38 39 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
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 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: 191,656
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: 5,169
Manufacturing: 20,633
Wholesale Trade: 4,064
Retail Trade: 21,024
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: 2,143
Finance and Insurance: 3,643
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 2,020
Professional and Technical Services: 31,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 703
Administrative and Waste Services: 17,004
Educational Services: 2,074
Health Care and Social Assistance: 15,977
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 2,258
Accommodation and Food Services: 16,414
Other Services (except public administration): 3,217
Total Federal Government: 17,772
Total State Government: 3,165
Total Local Government: 20,422
County Wage by Industry
Total: $10,796,576,192
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: $233,174,763
Manufacturing: $1,450,490,237
Wholesale Trade: $260,666,704
Retail Trade: $578,259,263
Transportation and Warehousing: **
Information: $121,881,299
Finance and Insurance: $244,428,394
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $75,410,082
Professional and Technical Services: $2,920,264,912
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $60,339,008
Administrative and Waste Services: $473,768,416
Educational Services: $80,466,421
Health Care and Social Assistance: $815,266,126
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $37,125,799
Accommodation and Food Services: $254,337,207
Other Services (except public administration): $93,303,926
Total Federal Government: $1,792,036,374
Total State Government: $188,906,118
Total Local Government: $976,058,534
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2016 annual averages. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
Major Employers in Madison County
U.S. Army/Redstone ArsenalGovernment35,000
NASA/Marshall Space Flight CenterGovernment6,500
Huntsville HospitalHealth Care6,341
Huntsville City SchoolsEducation3,000
The Boeing CompanyAerospace/Defense2,600
Madison County SchoolsEducation2,389
City of HuntsvilleGovernment2,206
Huntington Ingalls IndustriesAerospace/Defense2,000
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleEducation1,660
Major Manufacturing Employers in Madison County
The Boeing CompanyAerospace/Defense2,600
ADTRAN, Inc.Telecommunication Systems Manufacturing1,549
TechnicolorBlueray Disc Manufacturing1,450
Northrop GrummanAerospace/Defense1,200
Toyota Motor Manufacturing AlabamaAutomotive Engine Manufacturing1,150
Lockheed Martin CorportationAerospace/Defense1,084
Dynetics, Inc.Aerospace/Defense1,038
Teledyne Brown EngineeringAerospace/Defense794
PPG AerospaceAircraft Glass Manufacturing750
SanminaElectronics Assembly702
Source: Local economic development contacts
2017 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   14.6%
Bachelors Degree: 26.0%
Associates Degree: 8.8%
Some College, No Degree: 20.9%
High School Graduate/GED: 21.0%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 6.2%
Less than 9th Grade: 2.5%

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;;