Montgomery County, Alabama facts for kids
|Montgomery County, Alabama|
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 6, 1816|
800 sq mi (2,072 km²)
784 sq mi (2,031 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 2.0%
289/sq mi (112/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|Named for: Lemuel P. Montgomery|
Montgomery County is a county in the State of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, its population was 229,363, making it the fourth-most populous county in Alabama. Its county seat is Montgomery, the state capital.
Montgomery County is included in the Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Montgomery County was established by dividing Monroe County on December 6, 1816, by the Mississippi Territorial Legislature. It is named for Lemuel P. Montgomery, a young U.S. Army officer killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the final battle of the Creek Indian war, which was waged concurrently with the War of 1812.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 800 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 784 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.0%) is water.
- Elmore County (north)
- Macon County (northeast)
- Bullock County (east)
- Pike County (southeast)
- Crenshaw County (southwest)
- Lowndes County (west)
- Autauga County (northwest)
National protected area
- Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2010 United States Census reported the following county population:
- 39.5% White
- 54.7% Black
- 0.3% Native American
- 1.2% Asian
- 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
- 1.3% Two or more races
- 3.6% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
As of the census of 2000, there were 223,510 persons, 86,068 households, and 56,804 families in the county. The population density was 283 persons per square mile (109/km2). There were 95,437 housing units, at an average density of 121 per square mile (47/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 48.85% White, 48.58% Black or African American, 0.99% Asian, 0.25% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos, of any race, made up 1.19% of the population.
By 2005, 52.5% of the population was black, 44.0% was non-Hispanic white, 1.4% was Hispanic, 1.2% was Asian, 0.2% was Native American, and 0.9% of the population reported two or more races. This excludes those who reported "some other race" and "white", because the Census Bureau reclassified all who reported "some other race" as white.
There were 86,068 households, 32.20% of which included children under the age of 18, 43.80% were married couples living together, 18.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. Single-persons households were 29.50% of the total; 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46. The average family size was 3.06.
Persons younger than 18 were 25.80% of the population; those 18–24, 11.70%; 25–44, 29.80%; 45–64, 20.90%; and 65 and older, 11.80%. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.80 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 86.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,962, and the median income for a family was $44,669. Males had a median income of $32,018; females, $24,921. The per capita income for the county was $19,358. About 13.50% of families and 17.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.10% of those under age 18 and 13.70% of those 65 and older.
Montgomery County is home to many cultural and historic sites including:
- Alabama Shakespeare Festival
- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
- Montgomery Zoo
- Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
- Museum of Alabama (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
- Alabama State Capitol
- Gayle Planetarium
- Civil Rights Memorial
- First White House of the Confederacy
- Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald Museum
- Old Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station (Freedom Rides Museum)
- Rosa Parks Library and Museum
- Montgomery (county seat)
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The Montgomery Public Schools headquarters and Montgomery County Board of Education is located at 307 S. Decatur Street in Montgomery.
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