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Rocket City said most affordable in the South to retire

HUNTSVILLE — Well, another day and another accolade for the Rocket City.

This time Southern Living joins the chorus.

The publication has proclaimed Huntsville, Alabama’s largest city, as the best for affordability in its list of “Best Places to Retire in the South.”

“Did you imagine in your wildest dreams that one day you could retire to a city where you’d spend Thursday evenings in a biergarten beneath a Saturn V rocket enjoying German food, beverages, and a true sense of Huntsville’s role in aerospace history?” the article reads. “Indeed, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center you can do just that for a $5 entry fee — which shows how far money goes here. You can even sign up for the Adult Space Academy to experience interactive missions like the ones you may have watched in black and white decades ago.”

“For years, the rocket industry was Huntsville’s draw — now there’s more to this city that recently became Alabama’s largest in population. With a low unemployment rate — less than the national average — Huntsville rings with vibrancy.”

“By the end of the year, 44 miles of greenways and trails will add to the existing 73 miles. The Huntsville City Football Club just concluded its inaugural soccer season (the Rocket City Trash Pandas and Huntsville Havoc also fill the stands with baseball and hockey fans.) The Intuitive Planetarium, at 8K resolution, is one of the South’s best.”

“For arts and culture, visit the Von Braun Center (for theater and events) and the Huntsville Museum of Art (featuring a large collection of works by American women). Find peace exploring flower-infused ecosystems and the Purdy Butterfly House at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.”

“There’s so much going on. It makes people want to come here to retire, find an exciting second career, and then stay to ‘retire retire,’” retired Army Maj. Gen. Vincent Boles told Southern Living. “The house we bought was half of what we would’ve paid in Washington, D.C.”

“You can find what you need — and pay less for it.”

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