Montgomery, Alabama

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  • Alabama became a state December 14, 1819, the 22nd state admitted to the Union.
  • Montgomery became state capital 1846
  • Incorporated: 1819
  • Name Origin: Named for Richard Montgomery (1738-1775), a Major General in the Continental Army

On the portico of the capitol a bronze star marks the spot where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861. From Montgomery went the telegram “Fire on Ft Sumter” that began the Civil War.

Montgomery today is home to the nation’s first Civil Rights Memorial, chronicling the events of the struggle for racial equality between 1955-1968. From Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Martin Luther King Jr directed the bus boycott that sparked the civil rights movement.

Montgomery has many distinctive historic houses and buildings. The State Capitol was built in 1851. Old Alabama Town includes houses, barns, carriage houses, log cabins, churches, stores, and a cotton gin from the 1800’s.

Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda lived in Montgomery in the 1930’s; view artifacts, pictures and their famous love letters in the museum. And the grave of country music legend Hank Williams is adjacent to Oakwood Cemetery.

Key Words: Confederate, Civil Rights, Boycott, Historic, King, Fitzgerald

Things To Love About Montgomery

The walk of flags on the capitol grounds that honors all 50 states, the wide open parks and the cotton heritage, the telling of the civil war and civil strife; the struggles and the overcoming days, the big broad Dexter Avenue.

Blogs To Read About Montgomery

In The Land Of Cotton

To Leave A Legacy

Standing On The Promises

Hey, Good Lookin’

Story Telling Time

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 205,764, 17th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,290 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 159.57 square miles
  • Elevation: 267 feet, 32nd highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 57/36, July 92/71. Annual rainfall: 53 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Alabama River. Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers
  • Mountains near: Talladega Mountains of the Blue Ridge. Cheaha Mountain in the eastern part of the state is the highest point in Alabama at 2,413 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Atlanta, GA 161; Tallahassee, FL 202; Jackson, MS 248
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 799

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 205,764           Population
  • 24.9%              Under 18
  • 11.8%               Over 65
  • 2.2%                Asian
  • 56.6%              Black
  • 3.9%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.2%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 36.1%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 6.0%                English Not Spoken at Home
  • 85.0%              High School Graduate
  • 31.3%               Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 20.6%              Below Poverty Level
  • $24,588          Per Capita Income
  • $43,674          Median Household Income
  • $120,300        Median Value of Home
  • 60.8%             Home Ownership