Huntsville growing faster than major Alabama cities

According to U.S. Census 2016-2017 population estimates, Huntsville's growth outpaced Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile.

Posted: May 25, 2018 3:36 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 9:37 PM

According to the U.S Census population estimates, Huntsville ranks third in population behind Birmingham and Montgomery.

John Watson, president of Torch Technologies, told WAAY 31 he thinks Huntsville's secret to success is a white collar workforce with a blue collar mentality.

"The hard work of the blue collar, farmer mentality and the high level scientists has really made a tremendous formula for growth here in Huntsville," Watson said.

Torch Technologies has been in Huntsville since 2002. They have two offices in the city with a third on the way.

"There's no better place we've seen in terms of the quality of workforce," Watson said.

Watson told WAAY 31 that out of the company's 15 locations, Huntsville has grown the fastest.

According to the U.S. Census population estimates, 194,585 people live in Huntsville.

Gwendolyn Plant is one of them.

She told WAAY 31 there wasn't much to see in Huntsville when she moved here 10 years ago.

"I was kind of scared and nervous because I didn't know my way around here and there weren't really too many places to go," Plant said.

Now, she's celebrating the city's growth because in her eyes more people means more jobs.

"Huntsville has a lot of jobs here that will be great for our children," Plant said.

Plant told WAAY 31 that right now her only worry is making sure there's enough work to go around.

"Only thing I'm concerned about is hopefully, maybe with all these jobs coming in my children can get a job," Plant said.

WAAY 31 also talked to Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling who told us his biggest concern with all of the growth is the traffic.

Kling said he's excited for all of the new developments, but he wants to make sure congested roads don't stop people from enjoying all Huntsville has to offer.

Huntsville is also preparing for more growth with the announcement of the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant. It's expected to create a total of 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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