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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population201,717
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+87,736
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married37.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,222
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,774

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,800
% Above Poverty Level77.4%
% Below Poverty Level22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone33.2%
Median Gross Rent$827
Median House Value$116,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.9%
English4.7%
German3.7%
Irish3.6%
Scottish1.4%
African1.3%
French Except Basque0.9%
Italian0.7%
Arab0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Polish0.3%
Dutch0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Russian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Montgomery Almanac

CategoryValue
County Montgomery County
Standard Zip Codes36104, 36105, 36106, 36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36115, 36116, 36117, 36119, 36112, 36113, 36114
P.O. Box Zip Codes36101, 36102, 36103, 36120, 36121, 36123, 36124, 36125
Company Zip Codes36118, 36130, 36131, 36132, 36133, 36134, 36135, 36140, 36141, 36142, 36177, 36191
Phone Area Codes334
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.35
Approximate Longitude-86.28

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)

StationMONTGOMERY DANNELLY AP
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp36 to 58 F
Apr Temp51 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 79 F
Annual Precip54.7 inches
StationMILSTEAD
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches
StationMARTIN DAM
Distance30 miles
Jan Temp33 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip55.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Coosada1,185$51,875
Deatsville1,063$92,222
Elmore1,890$42,717
Millbrook15,045$71,978
Prattville35,107$71,478
Wetumpka7,654$50,349

Montgomery Public Libraries

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

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Montgomery Hospitals

Crossbridge Behavioral Health A Baptist South Facility
(Non-profit)
4385 Narrow Lane Road
(334) 286-3116
Baptist Medical Center South
(Government - District/authority)
2105 East South Boulevard
(334) 286-2987
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System West Campus
215 Perry Hill Road
(334) 272-4670
Baptist Medical Center East
(Government - District/authority)
400 Taylor Road
(334) 273-4410
Jackson Hospital And Clinic
(Non-profit)
1725 Pine Street
(334) 293-8000
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Montgomery
(Proprietary)
4465 Narrow Lane Road
(334) 284-7700
Noland Hospital Montgomery, Llc
1725 Pine Street, 5th Floor, North Wing
(334) 240-0532
Cavhcs-west
(Government - Federal)
215 Perry Hill Rd

Montgomery Public Schools

Houston Hill Jr High Sch
215 Hall St
ZIP: 36104
Fews Secondary Alt
321 Early St
ZIP: 36104
Middle
Total Enrollment 64
Lanier Senior High Sch
1756 S Court St
ZIP: 36104
High
Total Enrollment 848
E D Nixon Elem Sch
1000 Edgar D Nixon Ave
ZIP: 36104
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Baldwin Art And Acadcs Magnet
410 S Mcdonough St
ZIP: 36104
Middle
Total Enrollment 555
Booker T Washington Magnet High Sch
632 S Union St
ZIP: 36104
High
Total Enrollment 497
Montgomery Co Jail
225 S. Mcdonough St.
ZIP: 36104
Bellingrath Jr High Sch
3350 S Court St
ZIP: 36105
Middle
Total Enrollment 636
Davis Elem Sch
3605 Rosa Parks Dr
ZIP: 36105
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Harrison Elem Sch
164 E South Blvd
ZIP: 36105
Second Chance
810 Cedar St
ZIP: 36106
High
Forest Avenue Elem Sch
1700 W 5th St
ZIP: 36106
Primary
Total Enrollment 736
Vaughn Road Elem Sch
4407 Vaughn Rd
ZIP: 36106
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Mckee Prek Center
4015 Mcinnis Rd
ZIP: 36106
Primary
Total Enrollment 167
Highland Avenue Elem Sch
2024 Highland Ave
ZIP: 36107
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Childrens Ctr
310 N. Madison Terrace
ZIP: 36107
Other
Total Enrollment 92
Highland Gardens Elem Sch
2801 Willena Ave
ZIP: 36107
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Lee High Sch
225 Ann St
ZIP: 36107
High
Total Enrollment 1566
Brantwood Children's Home
1309 Upper Wetumpka Rd.
ZIP: 36107
Capitol Heights Jr High Sch
116 Federal Dr
ZIP: 36107
Middle
Total Enrollment 605
Davis Learning Center-beep
309 N California St
ZIP: 36107
C I T Y Sch
3315 Hayneville Rd
ZIP: 36108
Montgomery Technical Education Center
1200 Hugh Street
ZIP: 36108
High
Total Enrollment 212
Loveless Academic Magnet Prog High Sch
921 West Jeff Davis
ZIP: 36108
High
Total Enrollment 488
Martin Luther King Elem
4655 Gateway Dr
ZIP: 36108
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Montgomery Youth Fac
1111 Air Base Blvd
ZIP: 36108
Other
Hayneville Road Elem Sch
3315 Hayneville Rd
ZIP: 36108
Mcintyre Middle Sch
1220 Hugh St
ZIP: 36108
Carver Elem Sch
3100 Mobile Dr
ZIP: 36108
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
T S Morris Elem Sch
801 Hill St
ZIP: 36108
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Southlawn Middle Sch
5333 Mobile Hwy
ZIP: 36108
Middle
Total Enrollment 624
Carver Senior High Sch
2001 W Fairview Ave
ZIP: 36108
High
Total Enrollment 1321
Paterson Acad Of Creative Ed
3315 Hayneville
ZIP: 36108
Other
Total Enrollment 65
Southlawn Elem Sch
5225 Patricia Ln
ZIP: 36108
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Catoma Elem Sch
1780 Mitchell Young Rd
ZIP: 36108
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Morningview Elem Sch
2849 Pelzer Ave
ZIP: 36109
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Goodwyn Jr High Sch
209 Perry Hill Rd
ZIP: 36109
Middle
Total Enrollment 588
Dalraida Elem Sch
440 Dalraida Rd
ZIP: 36109
Primary
Total Enrollment 813
Head Elem Sch
3950 Atlanta Hwy
ZIP: 36109
Flowers Elem Sch
3510 Harrison Rd
ZIP: 36109
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Chisholm Elem Sch
307 E Vandiver Blvd
ZIP: 36110
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Jefferson Davis High Sch
3420 Carter Hill Rd
ZIP: 36111
High
Total Enrollment 2013
Floyd Middle Sch
3444 Lebron Rd
ZIP: 36111
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Bear Exploration Ctr
2525 Churchill Dr
ZIP: 36111
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Floyd Elem Sch
630 Augusta Ave
ZIP: 36111
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Dannelly Elem Sch
3425 Carter Hill Rd
ZIP: 36111
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Brewbaker Intermediate Sch
4455 Brewbaker Dr
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Brewbaker Jr High Sch
4425 Brewbaker Dr
ZIP: 36116
Middle
Total Enrollment 857
Macmillan International Acad
4015 Mcinnis Road
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Mcinnis Sch
3500 Mcinnis Rd
ZIP: 36116
Johnson Elem Sch
4550 Narrow Lane Rd
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Fitzpatrick Elem Sch
4055 Fitzpatrick Blvd
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Crump Elem Sch
3510 Woodley Rd
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Brewbaker Primary Sch
4445 Brewbaker Dr
ZIP: 36116
Primary
Total Enrollment 807
Walter T Mckee Elem Sch
4015 Mcinnis Road
ZIP: 36116
Brewbaker Tech Magnet High Sch
4405 Brewbaker Dr
ZIP: 36116
High
Total Enrollment 568
Walter T Mckee Jr High Sch
4017 Mcinnis Road
ZIP: 36116
Middle
Total Enrollment 818
Park Crossing High School
8000 Park Crossing
ZIP: 36117
High
Total Enrollment 958
James W Wilson Jr Elem Sch
8900 Park Crossing
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Wares Ferry Road Elem Sch
6425 Wares Ferry Rd
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Johnnie R Carr Jr High Sch
1610 Ray Thorington Road
ZIP: 36117
Middle
Total Enrollment 883
Dozier Elem Sch
200 Eastern Blvd
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
William Silas Garrett Elem Sch
555 Mclemore Drive
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Safety Net Villa
5906 Carmichael Place
ZIP: 36117
Other
Safety Net Crossings
5906 Carmichael Place
ZIP: 36117
Other
Halcyon Elem Sch
1501 Parkview Dr
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Wynton M Blount Elem Sch
1650 Ray Thorington Road
ZIP: 36117
Primary
Total Enrollment 606

Montgomery Private Schools

Montgomery Christian School
1728 S Hull St
ZIP: 36104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
Montessori Academy
1025 S Hull St
ZIP: 36104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center
915 S Jackson St
ZIP: 36104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Brown's Private School
1130 Bellview St
ZIP: 36104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Bethany Child Development Center
714 Cedar St
ZIP: 36106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Trinity Presbyterian School
1700 E Trinity Blvd
ZIP: 36106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 898
Heritage Child Development Center
1849 Perry Hill Rd
ZIP: 36106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Eastwood Christian School
1701 E Trinity Blvd
ZIP: 36106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 354
Evangel Christian Academy
3975 Vaughn Rd
ZIP: 36106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 280
Canterbury High School
2005b Country Club Dr
ZIP: 36106
Secondary
Total Enrollment 59
Bethany Christian Academy
1765 Highland Ave
ZIP: 36107
Elementary
Total Enrollment 70
St Jude Educational Institute
2048 W Fairview Ave
ZIP: 36108
Secondary
Total Enrollment 114
Montgomery Sda School
4233 Atlanta Hwy
ZIP: 36109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Alabama Christian Academy
4700 Wares Ferry Rd
ZIP: 36109
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 954
Eastmont Baptist Kindergarten
4505 Atlanta Hwy
ZIP: 36109
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
North Pointe Church Of Christ
4050 Fairground Rd
ZIP: 36110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Resurrection Catholic School
2815 Forbes Dr
ZIP: 36110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
Green Gate School
3265 Mcgehee Rd
ZIP: 36111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Whitfield Kindergarten
2673 Fisk Rd
ZIP: 36111
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Holy Cross Episcopal School
4400 Bell Rd
ZIP: 36116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School
5350 Vaughn Rd
ZIP: 36116
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 797
Lighthouse Christian Academy
3570 Bell Rd
ZIP: 36116
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
St James School
6010 Vaughn Rd
ZIP: 36116
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 902
Little Flock Ministries
2740 Lowes Court
ZIP: 36116
Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
Success Unlimited
2328 Fairlane Dr
ZIP: 36116
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 191
Churchill Academy
395 Ray Thorington Rd
ZIP: 36117
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 113
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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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