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Montgomery is a city in Montgomery County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Gen. Richard Montgomery, who died in the Revolutionary War.

The latitude of Montgomery is 32.366N. The longitude is -86.3W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 240 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 200,123.


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Median household income
Local
$35,627
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Montgomery demographic reports
Montgomery is on the Alabama River.
Chosen in 1861 as the capital of the Confederacy, which was later moved to Richmond, VA.

Major city in the civil rights movement; the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a four-day march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. It was here that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a crowded city bus, so that a white passenger could sit down.

Public transportation: Montgomery Area Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,307. The number of murders and homicides was 18. The violent crime rate was 6.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2003 movie, "Big Fish"
· 1990 movie, "The Long Walk Home"
Well-known residents have included:
· Nat "King" Cole, musician
· Bart Starr, football player
· Hank Williams, musician
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Jubilee CityFest - May 25-27, 2007
  • Alabama Book Festival - April 21, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 13, 2007
  • Flimp Festival - May 5, 2007
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday Celebration - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Fall Planting Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Montgomery web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Montgomery Ballet, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Dance Theatre, Montgomery Chorale
Montgomery attractions: W.A. Gayle Planetarium, Montgomery Zoo, Blount Cultural Park
Sports teams: Biscuits (minor league baseball), Montgomery Bears (American Indoor Football Association)
Historic sites and museums: First White House of the Confederacy, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Old Alabama Town, Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Rosa Parks Library and Museum
Colleges and universities: Alabama State University, Auburn University - Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Troy State University, Community College of the Air Force, Regions University, Trenholm State Technical College, South University - Montgomery
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 82
Songs:
· "Angel from Montgomery"

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Montgomery demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Montgomery County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Montgomery area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 36115 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Montgomery residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Montgomery ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Montgomery was $19,385, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Montgomery residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Montgomery include City of St. Jude Historic District, Cloverdale Historic District, Cottage Hill Historic District, Court Square-Dexter Avenue Historic District, East Dexter Avenue Historic District, Garden District, Huntingdon College Campus Historic District, Lower Commerce Street Historic District, North Lawrence - Monroe Street Historic District, Ordeman - Shaw Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Montgomery, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $416.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $823.


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Libraries

Libraries in Montgomery include Coliseum Boulevard Branch, E. L. Lowder Branch, Governor's Square Branch Library, Montgomery City-County Public Library, Pintlala Branch, Rosa Parks Avenue Branch, Rufus A. Lewis Regional Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Montgomery include Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery Independent

TV stations in Montgomery include WAIQ, WBXM-CA, WCOV, WMCF, WNCF, WSFA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVAS.

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Politics

Montgomery County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Montgomery political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Montgomery workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 63 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Montgomery between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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