Huntsville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 42,241 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Huntsville is the 75th largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Huntsville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Huntsville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Huntsville who work in sales jobs (12.27%), law enforcement and fire fighting (11.72%), and teaching (10.45%).
In addition, Huntsville is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Huntsville culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Huntsville really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Huntsville every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Huntsville. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Huntsville benefits directly from this.
The citizens of Huntsville are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.62% of adults in Huntsville having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Huntsville in 2018 was $15,065, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,260 for a family of four. However, Huntsville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Huntsville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Huntsville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Huntsville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Huntsville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Huntsville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Huntsville include English, German, Irish, French, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Huntsville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.