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About Montgomery for Montgomery, Alabama and Area

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Overview of Montgomery, Alabama, United States

Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama, the second most populous city and the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the US state of Alabama. Today, in addition to housing many Alabama government agencies, Montgomery has a large military presence due to Maxwell Air Force Base, high-tech manufacturing including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and cultural attractions like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Montgomery is also home to American Bar Association accredited law school, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law of Faulkner University.

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  • Population: 201 998
  • Population Density: 1281.3/mi²
  • Area: 156.19/mi²
  • Latitude: 32.361538
  • Longitude: -86.279118
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 240 ft
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Language: English
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History of Montgomery, Alabama

The Montgomery area was originally heavily populated by the Alibamu tribe of Native Americans (after which the state is named). By 1800 the Native Americans had been mostly driven out, and white settlers began to permanently occupy the area. Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. gained national attention for civil rights issues during his tenure (1954 to 1960) as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, two blocks from the State Capitol Building in Montgomery. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks became a civil rights heroine in the city by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.

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Montgomery's Demographics

As if the census of 2000 there were 78,384 households in Montgomery, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06. The median income for a household in the city was $35,627, and the median income for a family was $44,297. Males had a median income of $31,877 versus $25,014 for females.

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Montgomery's Climate

Montgomery's climate is humid subtropical. The area experiences short, warm springs and hot, typically humid summers lasting from mid-May to well into September. Autumns are usually during October and November and are mild. Winters last from December until February; their severity/coldness varies from year to year, but they are usually moderate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Education in Montgomery, Alabama

The city of Montgomery and Montgomery County is served by the Montgomery Public Schools system. The system manages 32 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 4 high schools. Montgomery is the home of Alabama State University. Montgomery also is home to several private colleges.

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Transportation around Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) provides public transportation with buses serving the city. The system has 32 buses providing an average of 4500 passenger trips daily. Montgomery Regional Airport, also known as Dannelly Field, is the major airport serving Montgomery.

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Tourism and Attractions of Montgomery

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Surrounding Communities

  • Montgomery
  • Burkville
  • Cobbs
  • Coosada
  • Deatsville
  • Elmore
  • Ford
  • Millbrook
  • Mt Meigs
  • Pike Road
  • Pintlala
  • Prattville
  • Snowdoun
  • Spelgener
  • Sprague
  • Waugh
  • Wetumpka

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Geography of Montgomery, Alabama

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Montgomery's Government

Montgomery operates under a Mayor-council government system. The current mayor is Bobby Bright. The city is served by a nine-member city council, which is composed of nine districts of equal size. The Montgomery City Council meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall downtown.

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Montgomery's Economy and Industry

Montgomery is now home to Hyundai Motor Company's first assembly plant in the United States. In 1994, the 22-floor RSA Tower was constructed, which now houses many prominent tenants, including Raycom Media, the Capital City Club, and Morgan Keegan & Company. Montgomery is also expanding rapidly with plans to build a second bypass system and construction of large residential and commercial developments throughout the city. Montgomery is home to a federal minimum-security prison and to some of the military's most valuable and critical computer systems and is a major supply hub for the military.

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Montgomery's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery is home of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. The Biscuits play in the Class AA Southern League. The Alabama State University Hornets play in NCAA Division I competition in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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Media of Montgomery

The Montgomery Advertiser, is a daily newspaper serving Montgomery. Montgomery is served by seven local TV stations and several FM and AM radio stations..

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