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Limestone County is fastest growing county in Alabama

LIMESTONE COUNTY – Known for its scenic beauty, historic legacy, vibrant communities, low cost-of-living rates, and business-friendly focus, Limestone County is the fastest growing county in Alabama. Located within the Huntsville Metropolitan Statistical Area, Limestone County is experiencing the benefits of a growing area, while maintaining a smaller community quality of pace.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, an average of 10 people a day move to Limestone County.

Limestone County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) President and CEO Bethany Shockney explains why the growth is important to the county.

“With the people moving into Limestone County, we can differentiate ourselves between other communities with similar unemployment rates,” Shockney said.

According to Shockney, another key factor to Limestone County’s success is the strategic location along the I-65 and I-565 transportation corridors.

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Economic Opportunities

Limestone County is attracting a wide range of automotive, aerospace, and other industries. The county is home to a highly trained workforce with nationally recognized local workforce development resources.

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Numerous recreational opportunities have also fueled Limestone County’s accelerated growth. Parks, miles of trails, the arts and boundless opportunities for fishing and water sports provide the perfect setting for outdoor enjoyment.

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Shopping and Dining

Residents and visitors alike enjoy a wide range of shopping and dining options
in Limestone County. From farmers’ market tomato sandwiches to the Salty Cod
off Athens’ picturesque downtown square, there’s so much to explore.

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Living in Limestone County gives you access to high quality education from K-12
through universities including Athens City Schools, Limestone County Schools, Lindsay Lane Christian Academy, Athens Bible School, Athens State University and Calhoun Community College.

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Athens-Limestone Hospital is an affiliate of the not-for-profit Huntsville Hospital Health System, providing state-of-the-art facilities for residents in North Alabama and South-Central Tennessee. In addition, the Athens-Limestone Hospital Outpatient Surgery Tower is the first of its kind in Alabama, where all surgery suites are equipped with state-of-the-art Olympus EasySuite Patient Greeting Systems. Limestone County is also home to numerous family care physicians, and professional healthcare providers.

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Vibrant Cities

From the hustle and bustle of the thriving downtown square of Athens to the
meandering trails of Elkmont, eight vibrant cities and towns are part of Limestone County: Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, Madison, Mooresville, Ardmore, Elkmont and Lester.

Limestone County offers charming small town community life, with high quality
education and close access to the city of Huntsville, Birmingham, and Nashville. To learn more about Limestone County, visit us at Limestone County Economic Development Association.

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