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Overview

Introduction to Montgomery, Alabama

The city of Montgomery is the capital of the state of Alabama and also the county seat of Montgomery County. Montgomery sits in the central part of the state, about 90 miles south of Birmingham and 170 miles northeast of Mobile. The city is serviced by several major thoroughfares. Interstates I-65 and I-85 intersect in the city, and U.S. Routes 31, 80, 82, 231 and 331 are also located within the city boundaries. Nearby communities include Pratville (to the north), Selma (to the west), Hayneville (to the southwest), and Tuskeegee (to the east).

Once the capital of the Confederacy, Montgomery in its later years evolved into a key center of the Civil Rights Movement. Founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1837, Montgomery derived its name from that of Major Lemuel Putnam Montgomery, who was the first man killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. The city was selected as Alabama's state capital in 1846, a few years before the onset of the Civil War, during which Alabama would be among the first southern states to secede from the Union. The Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery served as headquarters for the Confederacy and was the site of the inauguration of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Although escaping major physical damage from the Civil War, Montgomery suffered from the destruction of Alabama's infrastructure after the war. The city's rebuilding effort was aided by industrial growth in the textile and agriculture industries, and the city was soon able to boast the first electric streetcar in the country and also the nation's first flight school. Orville and Wilbur Wright established the Wright Flying School in 1910, from which they conducted their first night flights on the site that is now Maxwell Air Force Base. In 1955, Montgomery again made history when Rosa Parks became a civil rights heroine when she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. The reaction to this incident led to the 382-day Montgomery Bus Boycott which finally forced the city to desegregate its transit system. In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., then pastor of the Dexter Street Baptist Church and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, led the famous Civil Rights March for Justice from Selma to Montgomery. In more recent years, Montgomery has benefited from a revitalization effort and today stands as a prosperous and progressive state capital and one of the largest livestock markets and dairy centers in the southeast.

Montgomery was the part-time home of country music pioneer Hank Williams. The legendary singer-songwriter is buried in the city. Montgomery is also home to Alabama State University (ASU).

Montgomery Arts and Recreation

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest fine arts museum in the state, was founded in 1930 and today houses an impressive collection of American paintings, Southern regional art, Old Master prints, and decorative arts. The museum is also home to a large array of temporary exhibitions and educational programs conducted throughout the year. Another premier attraction in Montgomery is the Montgomery Zoo. Originally established in 1920, the zoo underwent a major expansion in 1989 encompassing over 48 acres and 700 different species of animals. Located on the zoo grounds is the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, a 28,000 square-foot natural history museum dedicated to wildlife conservation. The museum includes one of the nation's finest collections of professionally presented North American wildlife in displays allowing views from all sides. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is DeSoto Caverns Park, housing one of the oldest recorded caves in the United States and caverns that can be explored and enjoyed by kids of all ages. Also, Montgomery is home to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other notable locales and events in Montgomery include the following:

  • The State Capitol: Built in 1850
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church
  • Blount Cultural Park
  • Fun Zone Skate Center of Montgomery, Inc.
  • Jubilee City Fest
  • Alabama Highland Games
  • TavernFest
  • Alabama National Fair
  • Glenn Miller Annual Concert
  • Montgomery Holiday Lights Festival at the Zoo
  • Southeastern Livestock Rodeo
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade and Turkey Classic
  • Montgomery Christmas Parade

Although there are no major league pro sports teams in Alabama, Montgomery is home to a minor league professional baseball team. The Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League, who play in the city's Riverwalk Stadium, are the Minor League Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Fans of collegiate sports can take in some NCAA Division I action played by Alabama State's Hornets. The University's sports teams participate in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Less than an hour away in nearby Auburn are the Auburn University Tigers, whose football games constitute major fall events in that city.

Montgomery Higher Education

The handful of colleges and universities in Montgomery include Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, and South University. These institutions offer a wide range of educational programs such as MBAs, MSNs, and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs.

People

Total Population 202,967
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 86,804
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 37.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31%
Median Earnings25+ $31,555
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,303

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,365
% Above Poverty Level 75.9%
% Below Poverty Level 24.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $117,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.5%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 3.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Montgomery Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 145 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Montgomery
Metro Area Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 36104, 36105, 36106, 36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36112, 36113, 36114, 36115, 36116, 36117, 36119
P.O. Box Zip Codes 36101, 36102, 36103, 36120, 36121, 36123, 36124, 36125
Company Zip Codes 36118, 36130, 36131, 36132, 36133, 36134, 36135, 36140, 36141, 36142, 36177, 36191
Phone Area Codes 334
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.377
Longitude -86.3

Montgomery Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MONTGOMERY DANNELLY AP
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 51 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Station MILSTEAD
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station MARTIN DAM
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Montgomery, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Chisolm (36110)

Dannelly (36108)

Gunter A F B (36115)

Gunter A F S (36115)

Mafb Gun Annx (36114)

Mtgy (36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36112, 36113, 36114, 36115, 36116, 36117, 36119, 36120, 36121, 36123, 36124, 36125, 36101, 36102, 36103, 36104, 36105, 36106)

Shakespeare (36123)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coosada 1,374 $68,846
Deatsville 1,218 $90,905
Elmore 1,671 $44,205
Millbrook 14,983 $68,412
Prattville 34,706 $71,207
Wetumpka 7,406 $52,177

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Montgomery Public Libraries

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Montgomery City-county Public Library
245 HIGH STREET
Montgomery, Alabama
(334) 240-4300
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Montgomery Hospitals

JACKSON HOSPITAL & CLINIC INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1725 PINE STREET
(334) 293-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2105 EAST SOUTH BOULEVARD
(334) 288-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER EAST
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
400 TAYLOR ROAD
(334) 244-8330
Emergency Service: Yes

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Montgomery High Schools

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LEE HIGH SCHOOL
225 ANN ST
334-269-3742
Serves 1,564 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

CARVER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2001 W FAIRVIEW AVE
334-269-3636
A Title I School.
Serves 1,352 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL
3420 CARTER HILL RD
334-269-3714
Serves 1,332 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

LANIER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1756 S COURT ST
334-269-3726
A Title I School.
Serves 927 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

BOOKER T WASHINGTON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
632 S UNION ST
334-269-3618
A Magnet School.
Serves 538 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

BREWBAKER TECHNOLOGY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
4405 BREWBAKER DR
334-284-7100
A Magnet School.
Serves 468 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

LOVELESS ACADEMIC MAGNET PROGRAM HIGH SCHOOL
921 WEST JEFF DAVIS
334-269-3839
A Magnet School.
Serves 415 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

FEWS SECONDARY ALTERNATIVE
321 EARLY ST
334-269-3665
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 191 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

CHILDRENS CENTER
310 MADISON TERR
334-262-4850
A Special Education School
Serves 137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

DAVIS LEARNING CENTER-BEEP
309 N CALIFORNIA ST
334-269-3676
A Special Education School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

C I T Y SCHOOL
3315 OLD HAYNEVILLE RD
334-269-2489
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.

MCINNIS SCHOOL
3500 MCINNIS RD
334-288-2280
A Special Education School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

MONTGOMERY YOUTH FACILITY
1111 AIR BASE BLVD
334-261-4112
A Non-traditional School

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Court House 1906 (est.)

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Court House 1906 (est.)

Jefferson Davis' residence c1906

Jefferson Davis residence between 1900 and 1910

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