From the Civil War to civil rights, Montgomery, Alabama, has played a pivotal role in our nation’s history. Located on the east bank of the Alabama River, Montgomery is the capital of Alabama and, with a population of 206,000, it is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham.
During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a primary site in the African-American civil rights movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started when Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus, and the Selma to Montgomery marches. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived and preached in Montgomery.
Montgomery has a diversified economic base. Its central location in Alabama's Black Belt makes it a processing hub for crops such as cotton, peanuts and soybeans. Montgomery is home to numerous Alabama government agencies and the city has a large military presence due to Maxwell Air Force Base. In 2004, Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama built its $1.4 billion automotive plant in Montgomery, employing over 3,000 team members.
The city boasts several public universities, including Alabama State University and Auburn University, and there is also a collection of private colleges and military schools in Montgomery. These fine institutions all provide world-class educational options and job opportunities for residents.
Montgomery has made it to several top lists in recent years. In 2014 it was named Best Historic City by USA Today, All-America City by the National Civic League and "Top City for Job Growth" by ziprecruiter.com. Montgomery has also been recognized nationally for its continuing historic downtown revitalization and urbanization projects.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Montgomery. Visit one of the many interesting historic museums, or take in some of the cultural attractions, such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival or the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. There are several restaurants, bars and jazz and blues clubs in the downtown area. In the summertime, taking in a Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball game is great family fun.
The median home value in Montgomery is $79,154. The Downtown neighborhood is being revitalized, with the conversion of old industrial buildings into urban loft apartments and condos. Old Cloverdale is a walkable neighborhood of older homes, with parks located nearby.
If you love the idea of a historic Southern city that is looking toward the future, Montgomery would be worth checking out.