Nov
19
2009

What is Montgomery, Alabama, city profile?

State Capitol of Alabama - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BY

State Capitol of Alabama - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BY

Montgomery is state capital and second largest city in the state of Alabama.

The city was incorporated in 1819, became the state capital in 1846 and in February 1861, was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America.

In the 20th century, Montgomery was also a major location of the civil rights movement with the arrest of Rosa Parks and the ensuing bus boycott, as well as numerous non violent protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

As one of the results of this long history, Montgomery is a good place for architecture buffs.  “Old Alabama Town” has fine examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Federal styles.  Also visit the State Capitol where inside is a three story double staircase that is without any visible means of support.  One may want to visit the Parsonage Museum.  This was the home of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. It is 91 years old and has been fully restored and contains many of the original furnishings.  There is also the 1862 Confederate Prison which housed over 700 Union soldiers.

Montgomery is a great place to enjoy delicious southern cuisine, from black-eyed pea soup to ham and red-eye gravy.  But if one wants international cuisine, steak houses, or most any other fine dining, the city has a good selection there too.  Shopping in Montgomery is about the same as any other large American city with malls, chain department stores and a few craft and souvenir shops in the more touristy areas.

Montgomery has hot, humid summers lasting from mid-May to well into September. Winters last from December until February and are usually moderate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20 °F (−7 °C). Montgomery has periods of high heat and humidity. Plan your “outside” days accordingly.

Montgomery is a fairly safe city.  Just avoid the West and Southwestern parts of the city, where most crime is concentrated. The Eastern part of the city, specifically from the Eastern Blvd onward, offers many safe and family friendly attractions and venues

Montgomery is served by Montgomery Regional Airport, also known as Dannelly Field.  Public transportation is bus and taxi.

Montgomery population is 201,998 (2006).

1 is the International Calling Code for the United States.

334 is the area code for Montgomery

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