Huntsville, Texas is located 65 miles north of Houston and 171 miles south of Dallas in the East Texas Piney Woods on Interstate 45, which runs between Houston and Dallas. In addition to Sam Houston State University, Huntsville is home to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Huntsville State Park. Huntsville served as the residence of Sam Houston, who is recognized in Huntsville by the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and a statue on Interstate 45.
While Huntsville is home to a large number of students and faculty, many also live either in College Station (95,000) or The Woodlands/Montgomery County (pop. = 475,000), both offering an excellent quality of life with access to excellent schools, healthcare, arts, recreation, and shopping.