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Why Live in a Tiny House in Huntsville, Alabama?

If you’re not familiar with the Huntsville, Alabama area, you may be in store for quite a shock about how amazing a place it is to live! And that’s not just me saying it – someone originally from San Diego & Lake Tahoe, California who has also lived in many other cities across the country and several in Europe as well..

The secret about Huntsville has gotten out and the city is now featured in the top 10 lists of many prominent publications, including:

  • “#1 Best Place to Live” in 2022 & 2023 –U.S. News & World Reports
  • “#1 US city to move to if you want to retire early, where living costs are low and salaries are high” Business Insider
  • “These 13 U.S. Cities Are So Perfect for Retirement, You’ll Never Want to Leave” with Huntsville, AL as #2 –
  • “Top 10 Cheapest State to Retire In” with Alabama as #1 –Business Insider
  • “5 Best Cities for Young Professionals” –Yahoo Finance
  • “#2 Best Places for Career Opportunities” –SmartAsset

So the question is:

If you plan on living in a tiny house, why not live in it in one of the best areas of the country??

What was once a sleepy cotton town has been transformed into the largest & fastest growing city in the State of Alabama once the Redstone Arsenal military base and space program started here in the 60’s, with some of the smartest “rocket scientists” in the world (literally) relocating here. Huntsville then further benefited from the consolidation of military bases in the 1990s and again in the mid-2000s (BRAC) as waves of military personnel and a 4-star General command was relocated to Huntsville. More recently, the FBI has now created a new 2nd Headquarters in Huntsville bringing an additional 4,000 FBI (and their families) to the Huntsville area over the next months and years.

Huntsville also has the 2nd largest Industrial Park in the country (4th largest in the world) – Cummings Research Park – which features a number of large companies & Missile Defense / Aerospace / Government Contracting companies from Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, …as well as new facilities for Facebook/Meta, Google, several car manufacturers like Toyota & Mazda and our largest employer The Huntsville Hospital group – quite a diverse local economy as you can see! (Huntsville also has the 1st airport certified for commercial space craft landings!)

“For years, the rocket industry was Huntsville’s draw— now there’s more to this city that recently became Alabama’s largest in population. With a low unemployment rate—less than the national average—Huntsville rings with vibrancy. By the end of the year, 44 miles of greenways and trails will add to the existing 73 miles,” wrote Southern Living. “The Huntsville City Football Club just concluded its inaugural soccer season (the Rocket City Trash Pandas and Huntsville Havoc also fill stands with baseball and hockey fans, respectively). The Intuitive Planetarium, at 8K resolution, is one of the South’s best.”

Huntsville is A Smart Place because of our employers. We are home to Fortune 500 Companies, high-tech startups, space and defense agencies and contractors, state-of-the-art medical research facilities, and prestigious education and research institutions. We have become one of the fastest growing tech cities in the nation, while keeping a high quality of life and a low cost of living.


Annual Average Employment


Foreign-based companies from 14 countries


Unemployment rate compared to 5.3% national average

Huntsville Metro Population

With a 16-county regional population of 1.3 million people, our economy is strong and growing. We have recovered and even surpassed our prepandemic employment, and we grew by 32 per day in 2020. Based on projected job growth, an increasingly educated workforce, and investments in infrastructure and quality of life, Huntsville is prepared not only to get bigger but to keep getting better.


Huntsville Metro Area Population

U.S. 2020 Census


Population in 16-county Labor Shed


Huntsville Growth Since 2010

U.S. 2020 Census

Huntsville Economic Development

According to Moody’s Analytics, “Huntsville will be an above-average performer in the short term because of the strength in manufacturing and federal government, as well as a skewing toward high-wage jobs. Longer term, Huntsville will benefit from a high-quality workforce and strong population trends, giving it an edge over other Alabama metros.”


Projected 5-year GDP growth

2021-2026 Moody’s Analytics


Cost of Living Index

Compared to U.S. average


Expected job growth over the next 5 years


 Our workforce of highly skilled, highly educated people supports a diverse industrial base, including aerospace, defense, information technology, bioscience, and advanced manufacturing.


Employment growth 2000-2020

U.S. comparison: 16%


Huntsville Regional Labor Force


Workers who have attended college

Ready to make Huntsville, Alabama your new home in a new Tiny House on Wheels?

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4 thoughts on “Why Live in a Tiny House in Huntsville, Alabama?”

  1. My husband and I were wondering if we would be able to come down for a tour of the property. We have been to ITH and had wanted to move there because we absolutely fell in love with the community feeling we got there. All of our kids and my husbands parents still live in Memphis TN so this would definitely give us the community feel without being so far away from family. Weekends are best for us since we both still work. Please let me know if this is possible. Thank you for your vision of helping others live tiny.

  2. Hans
    I have watched all your videos multiple times and am actually ready to head to Tennessee to ITH to purchase. I currently live in Dallas, just myself.’
    I am wondering, to secure a lot, if I make a payment to you asap, will I be stuck in the woods? I need a lot of light in my home, are the lake lots all sold?
    Any help you can give is appreciated, thank you.

    1. Hey Sherry, we have lake lots in phase 2 still available as of the date of this response. There is some shade canopy from trees above but light still filters through around the lake, a mature tree on the shore every 25 feet or so… Keep me posted!

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