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A+ Montgomery Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Montgomery Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Alabama
8812% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Montgomery cost of living
F Montgomery Crime Total crime is 45% higher than Alabama
Total crime
5,06184% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2084% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Montgomery crime
D Montgomery Employment Household income is 3% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$43,44021% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,48815% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%15% higher than the US average
Montgomery employment
F Montgomery Housing Home value is 9% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$116,60037% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82713% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Montgomery real estate or Montgomery rentals
F Montgomery Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Montgomery K-12 schools or Montgomery colleges

Living in Montgomery, AL

Located in the state of Alabama, Montgomery is a big city with a population of 201,717 inhabitants. Montgomery is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (35%) and Black or African American (59%). If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Montgomery. With average one way commute time of only 19 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Montgomery, Alabama could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Montgomery and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, weather, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Alabama and national averages.

With a livability score of 62 out of 100, Montgomery is ranked #21,083 in the United States and #326 in Alabama. Based on the grades for each individual category, Montgomery has received high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Montgomery. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Montgomery has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Montgomery Zoo, Rosa Parks Library and Museum, and Alabama State Capitol.

Montgomery real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Montgomery. The median home price for Montgomery homes is $116,600, which is 9.3% lower than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Montgomery, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 6.9% lower than the Alabama average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Montgomery will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Montgomery, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 1.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1%.

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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