Bordered by Huntsville and lying in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Madison, Alabama, is a southern city through and through. Its residents truly do ‘Play Hard, Learn Well, and Live Richly’, as the city motto states, and the stately homes reflect the good living of Madison’s nearly 45,000 residents. The sweeping subdivisions of Madison hold houses that run the gamut of size and style, from starter homes with a couple thousand square feet to epic four-story mansion type homes that are as impressive inside as outside.
The districts of Madison are divided by major transportation infrastructure such as Interstate 565, University Drive, Hughes Road, and County Line Road, which are some of the main through ways of the city. Since Madison is bordered by Huntsville on most sides, residents can choose to live in most parts of the city and still be within close driving distance of Huntsville. Dozens of elegant subdivisions, such as Abbington Downs, Georgetown Square, Lexington, Meadow View Estates, Plantation Pointe, Applewood, Belle Grove, and Chelsea Park dot the city, and have varying levels of community participation and neighborhood center involvement. Overall, the real estate offerings provide residents with a high-class, yet friendly, atmosphere that welcomes a diverse group of citizens to get involved with their local communities.
The largest employer in the city of Madison is Intergraph, a Madison based technology company which designs and produces computer software. Other jobs within the Madison city limits are primarily retail, as the core streets of the city are flourishing with commercial enterprises, stores, restaurants, and small businesses. Still, many Madison residents choose to make the short daily commute to Huntsville, where Cummings Research Park and Redstone Arsenal are two of the primary major area employers, attracting workers from all over northern Alabama. Several local newspapers and numerous local schools, which serve approximately 9,000 young people throughout the district, are also big employers within Madison.