Rocket City is fast becoming an apartment city.
According to the 2022 Huntsville Development Review, the number of new apartment units in the city has increased by nearly 65% in the past year, a more than 5.8% increase since the 2020 Census.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said, “We’re making sure we have housing for people who need a place to stay.” “We’ve had a good set of apartments coming up over the last four to five years.”
It was a phenomenon that didn’t exist a decade ago, the mayor said in a previous interview. But the arrival of advanced manufacturing jobs in places like Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Greenbrier, Blue Origin and the FBI’s expansion at Redstone Arsenal has increased the need for housing in a city with an estimated population of more than 227,000.
Multifamily units – which also include single-family rentals – made up the majority of the 3,719 housing units certified for occupancy last year, a 30.4% increase over 2021.