Huntsville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 40,938 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Huntsville is the 75th largest community in Texas.
Huntsville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 office and administrative support (14.75%), law enforcement and fire fighting (13.97%), and teaching (11.68%).
Huntsville is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Huntsville have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Huntsville’s economy is one such example of this.
The education level of Huntsville citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.27% of adults 25 and older in Huntsville have a college degree.
The per capita income in Huntsville in 2010 was $12,280, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $49,120 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 36.58% 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 19.66% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Huntsville include English, Irish, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Huntsville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.