Montgomery 65 Below average
Montgomery Livability #232 ranked city in Alabama#17,969 ranked city in the USARanks better than 38% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Montgomery Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Montgomery Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Alabama
8614% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Montgomery cost of living
F Montgomery Crime Total crime is 88% higher than Alabama
Total crime
4,881108% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 21108% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
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
D Montgomery Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Montgomery K-12 schools
C Montgomery User Ratings There are a total of 30 ratings in Montgomery
Overall user rating
65% 30 total ratings
User reviews rating
57% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 23 total surveys
all Montgomery poll results

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      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%.

      Montgomery transportation information

      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work84.7%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.4%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.6%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Montgomery, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).