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Geographic Location

Located in central Alabama at the intersection of Interstate Highway 85 (east and west) and Interstate Highway 65 (north and south), Montgomery is 164 miles southwest of Atlanta, 92 miles south of Birmingham, and 155 miles north of Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately one-third of the population of the United States lives within a 600-mile radius of Montgomery.


Population for the Montgomery Metro Area: 377,149
Population for the City of Montgomery: 205,293
Source: AL Center for Business & Economic Research, 2012 estimate


Average Annual Temperature: 64.8°
Average January Temperature: 41.8°
Average July Temperature: 84.7°
Total Rainfall: 38.35"
Source: National Climatic Data Center 2010 Annual

Central Time Zone


Montgomery's municipal affairs are directed by a nine-member City Council and a mayor. They are elected for terms of four years. The Montgomery County Commission consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Montgomery Public Schools is a county-wide system and is led by a seven-member elected Board Of Education. View Alabama’s State, U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for more information on other elected officials.


According to US News, Montgomery Public High Schools are among the BEST in the NATION.

Property Tax

Residential is assessed at 10% and commercial is assessed at 20%:
State $0.65 per $100 of assessed value
County $1.75 per $100 of assessed value
City $1.25 per $100 of assessed value
Combined rate is $3.65 per $100 of assessed value

Sales Tax

Sales tax in the city of Montgomery is 10% (4% state, 3.5% city, 2.5% county)
Sales tax for automobiles is 3.583%.

Corporate Income Tax

The state rate is 6.5%. Federal tax is an allowed deduction for state income tax.

Individual Income Tax

Sliding scale up to 5%. Federal tax is an allowed deduction for state income tax.


The Montgomery (AL) Public School System consists of all public schools in Montgomery County. There are about 32,500 students in our 32 elementary schools, ten junior/middle schools and four high schools. In addition to these schools, the system has twelve magnet schools and two non-traditional programs as well as three schools designed to educate the physically and/or mentally impaired. The Montgomery Public School System employs about 4,000. The system is governed by a seven-member elected Board. The Board appoints the superintendent. For more information, registration and more, please visit the Montgomery County Public Schools online.

Montgomery County's private schools enroll about 19 percent of school-age children, the 2006 American Community Survey shows. The area's independent and parochial schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or by the Alabama Independent School Association.

There are 11 public schools in the Autauga County system - five elementary, two middle/junior high and one high schools. The system also has three K-12 schools. Three private schools in Autauga County boast an enrollment of nearly 600 K4-12 students.

There are 15 public schools in the Elmore County system - five elementary, five junior highs, four high schools and one technical school. The student population numbers 10,000. Four private schools in Elmore County boast an enrollment of more than 600 K4-12th grade students.


The Montgomery area is served by an integrated railroad system, four airlines, 48 motor freight lines, a national bus line, and a city bus line with 11 fixed routes, Demand Response Services and Paratransit Service. Additionally, the Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) operates the Lightning Route Trolley System, which circulates through downtown Montgomery every 20 minutes.
Major arteries I-65 and I-85 intersect in Montgomery. U.S. Highways 31, 231, 331, 80 and 82 are routed through the city. All five highways are connected with four lane roads encompassing the city.
The Alabama River is navigable south to the Gulf of Mexico and north to the Great Lakes. Montgomery is approximately 190 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

Economy at a Glance

Montgomery is a city of vast economic diversity, with state government, a major military installation, regional government, wholesale/retail trade, agricultural support and industry providing a well-balanced economic environment. The city's role as a regional trade center is firmly established, serving as a wholesaling and distribution gateway to the southeast in addition to the 22-county central Alabama area.