Florence, known as Alabama's Renaissance City, offers its community a unique combination of lakeside, urban, suburban and rural areas. If you are seeking to rent an apartment in a neighborhood that is friendly, has plenty of outdoor activities and a strong higher educational system, this is a great place to live.
Florence was founded in 1818 by an Italian surveyor who named it after the major city in Italy. Incorporated in 1826, the town became known as a place for agriculture and the trade of cotton. The town's proximity to the Tennessee River made it easy for its early inhabitants to send goods downriver and trade with other communities.
Today, the town's population is estimated to be just over 40,000. Around the state, Florence is known for its neighborhood festivals related to Southern culture and music. People from all over northwestern Alabama come to attend these festivals and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Families renting apartments here have plenty of options for fun weekend outings. You will want to visit visit the Children's Museum of the Shoals and explore the hands-on exhibits, like digging for dinosaur bones or playing with the giant keyboard. You can let the kids get some exercise and fresh air by taking them to the Indian Mound and Museum, which features artifacts and tours of the lands inhabited by Native Americans who had lived in the area.
For the young and single who have found an apartment for rent in Florence, there are many things to do in town. You can get together with friends at festivals such as the Sam Phillips Music Celebration held annually in January or the W.C. Handy Music Festival, which is the area's most popular event and takes place each summer. It features live music, art shows, athletic contests, festival food and more.
To get you from your apartment to all the fun festivals and community attractions, your car is about the only option. If you need to travel around the region or country, the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is located just a few miles away from downtown. If you need an international airport, the Huntsville International Airport is about 50 miles away.
Florence is an ideal place to rent if you're pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The University of North Alabama is located in town and has an enrollment of over 7,000. The campus hosts many arts, cultural and sports events open to the community. Other colleges located nearby include Northwest Shoals Community College and Heritage Christian University, which is a private college.
Anyone seeking employment in this community may be excited to learn that the region is one of the fastest-growing areas for new jobs. The diverse economy offers many opportunities for those seeking work in the fields of education, healthcare, manufacturing and industry. The city's top three employers include Gentiva Health Services, the University of Northern Alabama and local government. Additional employers in the top 10 include the Tennessee Valley Authority, Sara Lee Foods and Helen Keller Hospital.