Huntsville, Alabama Population 2021

205,472
Loading...

Huntsville Population Growth

After Huntsville was founded, growth was slow but steady and was only at about 16,000 people at the time of the 1950 census. However, this all changed during the next census, when the population grew to over 72,000 people. The population had nearly doubled by the time of the next poll. While growth has slowed in recent years, recent estimates show that the numbers are up over 7% since the last census in 2010, with the city on track to soon hit over 200,000 residents.

The Chickasaw and Muscogee-speaking tribes were the first settlers in the area. However, the population declined in the early 1800s due to land disputes and disease. The same year, John Hunt settled in the area around Big Spring. Native claims to the land were ceded to the U.S. through treaties signed in 1805 and 1806. LeRoy Pope then purchased the land and named it Twickenham.

The city was planned out, but the name was changed to Huntsville, in honor of John Hunt who had originally settled the land. Huntsville was incorporated as a town in 1811. It was the first incorporated town in the state. The city’s economy and population began to grow significantly with the introduction of the railroad and cotton industries. Cotton planters moved to Huntsville from all over the south. The city was originally made the capital, but this was later changed several times until Montgomery became the capital city.

Huntsville continued to see growth as the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was constructed, linking the coast with the Mississippi River. Following the Civil War, the city was a center for textile mills. These mills built their communities which included schools, churches, stores, and other businesses. However, industry declined in the 1930s because of the Great Depression.

Though growth had remained slow and steady, this changed in the 1940s with the construction of three chemical munitions facilities. The personnel totaled around 20,000 throughout World War II. In 1950, the Ordnance Guided Missile Center came to Huntsville and developed the Redstone Rocket, which paved the path for the U.S. space program and Army missile programs.

Today, the city’s economy revolved around the technology industry. The city is home to over 25 biotechnology firms. The city has been named as one of the best cities for defense jobs and one of the most educated cities in the U.S.

Huntsville Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Huntsville was:

  • White: 61.34%
  • Black or African American: 30.74%
  • Two or more races: 2.80%
  • Asian: 2.60%
  • Other race: 2.02%
  • Native American: 0.39%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Huntsville, Alabama is 205,472based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 198,125.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 180,105.

Huntsville, Alabama Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021489,1108,6431.77%
2020480,4678,6431.80%
2019471,8248,6431.83%
2018463,1817,2891.57%
2017455,8926,3161.39%
2016449,5765,0341.12%
2015444,5424,1470.93%
2014440,3954,8541.10%
2013435,5415,4851.26%
2012430,0564,9341.15%
2011425,1225,8461.38%
2010419,2760.00%

Huntsville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White120,36261.34%
Black or African American60,32630.74%
Two or More Races5,5022.80%
Asian5,1082.60%
Some Other Race3,9702.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native7560.39%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1950.10%
Loading...

Huntsville Population By Race

Huntsville Population Pyramid 2021

Loading...

Huntsville Median Age

36.9


Total

35.6


Male

38.4


Female

Huntsville Adults

There are 155,866 adults, (31,648 of whom are seniors) in Huntsville.

Huntsville Age Dependency

58

Age Dependency Ratio

25.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Huntsville Sex Ratio

Mujer

101,416

51.69%

Masculino

94,803

48.31%

Huntsville Population by Age

Huntsville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Loading...

Huntsville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.5%20.5%
All56.7%43.3%
Masculino49.4%50.6%
Non Family42%58%
Mujer36.9%63.1%

56.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Huntsville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All85,0202.2156.7
Non Family35,7931.2142
Married34,1432.9579.5
Mujer11,4302.9136.9
Masculino3,6542.9849.4

2.88

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

Loading...

Huntsville Households by Type

Loading...
Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,8152.86%
9th to 12th Grade8,1856.13%
High School Graduate24,96718.70%
Some College27,08720.29%
Associates Degree10,5557.90%
Bachelors Degree35,24326.39%
Graduate Degree23,67517.73%
Loading...

Huntsville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Huntsville Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Race Total High School Bachelors
White84,82180,77843,573
Black35,66830,44610,134
Hispanic6,2493,9851,427
Asian3,8993,5532,311
2+ Races2,5712,4461,239
Other Race2,0041,083313
Native American514466231
Islander18316856

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 59.27%.

Huntsville Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$39,029$51,239$30,845
Less Than 9th Grade$19,502$20,566$17,371
High School Graduate$24,474$30,377$20,445
Some College$30,236$35,142$24,727
Bachelors Degree$56,891$73,080$42,840
Graduate Degree$83,695$106,683$58,061

$39,029

Average Earnings

$51,239

Average Male

$30,845

Average Female

Huntsville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Huntsville Language by Age

Loading...

Huntsville Language

91.70% of Huntsville residents speak only English, while 8.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.53% of the population.

Huntsville Language

Huntsville Poverty by Race

Loading...
Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black55,22416,59930.06%
White110,1438,9828.15%
Hispanic11,9354,85540.68%
Other3,9601,81945.93%
Multiple5,4811,01118.45%
Asian5,0413547.02%
Native756678.86%
Islander1952613.33%

16.79%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.86%

Male Poverty Rate

18.55%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Huntsville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Huntsville is Other, with 45.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Huntsville is Asian, with 7.02% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.26%.

Huntsville Poverty

Loading...
Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.58%
High School18.61%
Some College12.70%
Bachelors or Greater4.13%

Huntsville Poverty Rate by Education

Loading...
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.22%
Male Unemployed39.75%
Female Employed12.00%
Male Employed7.92%

Huntsville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Huntsville Income by Household Type

Loading...
Name Median Mean
Households$55,305$80,877
Families$76,180$102,331
Married Families$104,778$128,385
Non Families$35,168$49,709
Loading...

Income by Household Type

Huntsville Marital Status

Loading...

Marriage Rates

44.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.5%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Huntsville Married by Age and Sex

Loading...

Huntsville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Huntsville Marital Status by Race

Loading...

Huntsville Marital Status

Loading...

17,580

Number of Veterans

15,008

Male Veterans

2,572

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,678
First Gulf War5,372
Second Gulf War5,058
Korea1,333
World War II399

Huntsville Veterans by War

Loading...
Age Group Veterans
35 to 545,118
65 to 743,880
55 to 643,635
75+3,420
18 to 341,527

Huntsville Veterans by Age

Loading...
Name Veterans % of Total
White12,99813.22%
Black3,9878.70%
Hispanic5647.28%
2+ Races2938.76%
Asian1523.37%
Native American8615.01%
Islander3418.58%
Other Race301.22%

Huntsville Veterans by Race

Huntsville Veterans by Education

Loading...

6.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Huntsville Veterans by Education

Loading...

63%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Huntsville Employment by Age

Loading...

Huntsville Employment by Race

Loading...

Huntsville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Loading...

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Loading...

51.94%

Born in Huntsville

93.40%

Native Born

6.60%

Foreign Born

3.64%

Non Citizen

2.96%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.40% of Huntsville residents were born in the United States, with 51.94% having been born in Alabama. 3.64% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Huntsville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021205,4722,4491.21%
2020203,0232,4491.22%
2019200,5742,4491.24%
2018198,1252,7051.38%
2017195,4203,0081.56%
2016192,4122,0791.09%
2015190,3332,4991.33%
2014187,8341,8330.99%
2013186,0012,2531.23%
2012183,7481,4210.78%
2011182,3271,3860.77%
2010180,94122,7251.35%
2000158,216-1,573-0.10%
1990159,78917,2761.15%
1980142,5133,2310.23%
1970139,28266,9176.77%
196072,36555,92815.98%
195016,4373,3872.33%
194013,0501,4961.23%
193011,5543,5363.72%
19208,0184070.52%
19107,611-457-0.58%
19008,068730.09%
18907,9953,0184.85%
18804,977700.14%
18704,9071,2733.05%
18603,6347712.41%
18502,8630.00%

Huntsville Population by Year