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Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama
City of Montgomery
Images top, left to right: Alabama State Capitol, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Frank M. Johnson, Jr., Federal Building and United States Courthouse, First White House of the Confederacy
Flag of Montgomery, Alabama
Official seal of Montgomery, Alabama
Nickname(s): "The Gump", "Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement", "Cradle of the Confederacy"
Motto: "Capital of Dreams"
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Alabama
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Alabama
Montgomery is located in the US
Location within the contiguous United States
Coordinates: 32°21′42″N 86°16′45″W / 32.36167°N 86.27917°W / 32.36167; -86.27917Coordinates: 32°21′42″N 86°16′45″W / 32.36167°N 86.27917°W / 32.36167; -86.27917
Country  United States
State  Alabama
County Montgomery
Incorporated December 3, 1819
Named for Richard Montgomery
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Mayor Todd Strange (R)
 • Council Montgomery City Council
 • City 156.19 sq mi (404.53 km2)
 • Land 155.38 sq mi (402.43 km2)
 • Water 0.81 sq mi (2.09 km2)
Elevation 240 ft (73 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 205,764
 • Estimate (2015) 200,602
 • Rank US: 115th
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (510/km2)
 • Urban 263,907 (US: 142nd)
 • Metro 373,792 (US: 142nd)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
ZIP code(s) 36013, 36043, 36064, 36104, 36105, 36106, 36107, 36108, 36109, 36110, 36111, 36112, 36113, 36115, 36116, 36117
Area code 334
FIPS code 01-51000
GNIS feature ID 0165344
Crime rates* (2012)
Violent crimes
Homicide 44
Robbery 459
Aggravated assault 283
Total violent crime 827
Property crimes
Burglary 3,409
Larceny-theft 7,548
Motor vehicle theft 1,101
Arson 64
Total property crime 12,058

*Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

2012 population: 209,018

Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data

Montgomery /mɒntˈɡʌməri/ is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it is located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. As of the 2013 Census, Montgomery has a population of 201,332. It is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham, and is the 115th largest in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area had a 2010 estimated population of 374,536. It is the fourth-largest in the state and 136th among United States metropolitan areas.

The city was incorporated in 1819 as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846, representing the shift of power to the south-central area with the growth of cotton as a commodity crop of the Black Belt and the rise of Mobile as a mercantile port on the Gulf Coast. In February 1861, Montgomery was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, until the seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia, in May of that year. During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a major center of events and protests in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches.



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