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People of Madison County play role in business boom

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The future site of Cabela's. The future site of Cabela's.

The outdoor retailer, Cabela's, announced Wednesday that it will build its first Alabama store in the Rocket City, bringing 180 new jobs to Huntsville.

Cabela's joins a long list of other companies that have made the decision to either relocate or expand in Huntsville in just the last 6 months.

So what makes Madison County so enticing to these companies? It looks like it all comes down to the people in the area.

Alabama A&M, Oakwood University, UAH, and J.F. Drake State Technical College are all located in Madison County. Those 4 colleges equate to an educated workforce.

That theory is reinforced when, according to, least 88.9 percent of the population holds at least a high school diploma, compared to the state average of 81.9 percent.

When it comes to higher education, 37.4 percent hold at least a Bachelors degree, compared to the state average of 22 percent.

The median household average in 2012 was $52,533, meaning residents have money to spend on retailers coming to town.

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