Montgomery, AL

Population: 201,717 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Montgomery has a Livability Score of 65/100, which is considered below average
  • Montgomery crime rates are 88% higher than the Alabama average
  • Cost of living in Montgomery is 2% lower than the Alabama average
  • Montgomery real estate prices are 9% lower than the Alabama average
  • Rental prices in Montgomery are 14% higher than the Alabama average

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      Montgomery, AL

      Montgomery is a wonderful place. It is also a place that has played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement that shaped the way that modern America functions. Alabama's capital city is home to over 195,000 people who enjoy a high quality of life with all of the southern hospitality that you could ever want. Whether you are touring the Dexter Church where Martin Luther King Jr. gave sermons on the needs for equal rights for all or enjoying an evening watching the Montgomery Biscuits in some Triple A Baseball, Montgomery has a quiet and calm sophistication that is begging for exploration.

      Home prices in the area are very affordable, and there are a couple of suburbs that are very popular for transplants to the area. The East Chase community and Prattville offer a large selection of new homes that will not break the bank. They have all of the modern amenities that homeowners are looking for in a home, and they are also conveniently located next to shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The downtown area has also enjoyed a renovation over the years that has people flocking back to the city center in order to enjoy a walking lifestyle with incredible farm-to-table dining, exciting foreign food options, and bars that play some of the best music outside of Nashville.

      Montgomery is home to a large Air Force Base that is one of the area's leading employers. Maxwell Air Force Base is home to the Air Force's Air University, and the area has an annual influx of high-performing officers who are coming to receive special training to lead America's sons and daughters into combat. Other top employers in the area include state government, Hyundai Motors, and Koch Foods. Hyundai's auto plant is an an engineering marvel that should be visited during your time living in the city.

      Montgomery is conveniently located between Auburn and Tuscaloosa making it imperative for transplants to the area to choose their rooting allegiance early upon their arrival. The Iron Bowl is one of the fiercest rivalries in college sports, and the matchup frequently determines the SEC champion. If this rivalry has you too emotional or upset, feel free to visit the city's National Memorial for Peace that puts life in its proper perspective.

      Montgomery's public transit is provided by The M that gives riders a wide variety of routes to get around the city. Biking in Montgomery has yet to catch on, perhaps due to the extreme humidity that is ever-present in the summer months, so many people choose to commute by private automobile. The good news for those who choose this option is that traffic in Montgomery is not a very big problem.

      Montgomery Reviews

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      Retired military member
      Montgomery is a miserable place to live. The tailgaters and speeders makes it terrible to drive anywhere in town. The people do not know what a turn signal means. The town use to have several really good restaurants, but we are now stuck with maybe one or two good buffets places. There are few museums and historical sights to visit that are geared to the non-minority. East chase is a rat race and is expensive. Being a northerner and retired military member I do not understand the hatred that is shown to myself and my family because of our background. It is like living 60 years in the past. I have discouraged many military retirees to stay here. I plan to leave and go back north soon. Southern hospitality no longer exists like it did when we came here 30 years ago. It was a sweet place to live.
      6 -1
      I apologize on behalf of Montgomery
      So I get that some people don’t like Montgomery at all and that some people absolutely love this city.If you had interactions that were not friendly I will apologize as the city and say sorry.Our city basically has 4 sides of the town North,West,South and East.South and East are the most friendly.Downtown has a lot of convenient stores on Dexter Ave.Also we have Eastdale mall alongside EastChase.Our city in some parts feels like a small town with a large amount of people.But if you don’t like it I understand
      7 -5
      Just moving to area from another state
      Careful! I read all the real estate and cost of living but its inflated and here is how. I would see a 3000 sq ft home and think that seems reasonable. Well searching for weeks in all the surrounding cities they all do the same which is include everything (garages and all as living sq feet. Some even include attic space. All of them do making it appear much more promising then it is. So remember if it has a 600 sq ft garage deduct from living space so you have a better idea.
      5 -1
      My 3 Years In Montgomery, AL
      My home has been in Montgomery, AL for almost three years. I moved from New York, so there is a big difference in the people and the environment. There is a lot more history that you can see in Montgomery. Most of the people I have met are very friendly, and it's common to see neighbors sitting on their porch with a glass of something to drink while they watch the cars drive past. Many of the homes in the city are older with the large porches, big windows and siding that is of different colors. This is the kind of neighborhood I have dreamed of, and it's a good area to live.

      If you like history, then this would be the place to at least visit because there are numerous museums and historical buildings. There aren't as many shopping centers as I like, but there are hints that this could change with a larger mall being developed. There are some smaller shops in the middle of town that you can walk to, and there are activities held in the town during the year. Christmas is a time when the lights come on for the shops, and it's like walking in a winter wonderland. The snow isn't always there, but you get the feeling of Christmas from the decorations. One of the things that the area is known for is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. home. This is the home where he was raised as a child. There are mementos in the home including pictures and decorations from the house. Montgomery seems to have two sides. There are buildings for African Americans to enjoy and those for white people to enjoy as the area played a large role during the confederacy times.
      2 -1
      Historical city where big city people aren't welcomed
      I travelled to Montegomery for the weekend with some friends. We are all from big cities and where immediately taken aback by the southern feel and country atmosphere. We stuck out like a sore thumb and recieved the nastiest looks and attitude from the locals. As we were trying to navigate through the city we stopped to ask questions every now and then but we recieved more attitude and people where not friendly nor respectful. It is not as if we were dressed in a sexual explicit way we are a stylish bunch and put emphasis into the details of the way we dress such as shoes and accessories but nothing to take a double look at. We were fully aware that we are in the Bible Belt, so we made sure we weren't scantly dressed. We attempted to go out to go check out the nightlife and was treated like diseased cattle. It is obvious that some locals don't like big city people. They are not willing to network and make money. It's a shame the way we were treated we expected real southern hospitality. We came to network do business and bring some freshness to Montegomery but I'm afraid to say this city will never be a stopping point again.
      3 -2
      The Beauties of Montgomery, Alabama
      I am a single man who loves sightseeing and was recently touring the country in an RV with some buddies of mine. We decided to mark off Montgomery, Alabama on the map because we've heard good things about it and stopped by for a few days.

      I cannot begin to describe how beautiful the scenery was throughout the entire state of Alabama. Montgomery is surprisingly one of the most pulchritudinous cities I've ever passed through and certainly plan on coming back. First of all, nature - everything including the flowers, trees, etc. - were beyond colorful and vibrant. That may be odd for a man to say but all of my friends were also struck with awe on how gorgeous Mother Nature was settled in Montgomery. We ate at some good restaurants and the community was exceptionally welcoming and nice. One kind old woman even invited us into her house for some warm apple pie - we respectfully declined her invitation but were grateful for the opportunity. You don't get that kind of kindness in most places you visit.
      I would have to say that throughout my entire tour of the country, I bought the most memorabilia in Montgomery - they have so many shops and marketplaces where you can purchase anything from a trinket or keychain to a full kitchenware set for little cost. The shopping areas there are exceptional.

      If you haven't had a chance to experience the beauty Montgomery has to offer, I advise you pack your bags and book the next flight. It is a natural experience of a lifetime.
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      The Southern Charm of Montgomery, AL
      I grew up in Montgomery, AL in the 1990's. At the time, the city seemed more than a little boring but it was a very family oriented town. Recently, I returned to Montgomery for a high school reunion and was pleasantly surprised at how Montgomery is growing. The city has added several large size shopping-plaza style malls with trendy boutiques and other specialty stores. Montgomery's largest colleges Auburn University at Montgomery and Alabama State University have both grown larger with new buildings and dorms.

      Even with the growth Montgomery remains a great family town. Some of the city's largest employers include Maxwell and Gunter Air Force bases and Hyundai has opened an automotive plant just a few miles from the city limit. Montgomery has several great public and private schools for children. Families can also enjoy picnics and volleyball at the state parks and fishing at several area ponds and lakes. The city also celebrates its diverse history with landmarks dedicated to its time as the former capital of the Confederacy and its significant place in the 1960s civil rights movement.
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      Source: The Montgomery, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).