Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama and is known for its intrinsic southern charm. It lies along the Gulf Coastal Plain and combines the scenic beauty of nature with a cosmopolitan air of the modern city that it has become. While it is the second-largest city in Alabama and busy hub for business, the city has seen a 2.5% decrease in population (around 200,000 as of 2014) while the national population has increased 3.3%. Located on the Alabama River, this almost two hundred years old city is the result of a multi-town merger. It has received various awards and commendations over the years, such as being the “Best Historic City” by USA Today, while also being named by ZipRecruiter as a city with one of the highest job growth prospects.
Montgomery is famous for many reasons with the site of Rosa Parks’ arrest being a leading attraction. In fact, the city has been center in many well-known Civil Rights moments that include the Selma to Montgomery marches and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But before all these events occurred, Montgomery established itself as major trade and commerce hub with the growing importance of cotton as a commodity crop and its proximity of important ports. It is home to The University of Alabama along with many other public and private universities and colleges. With the average price of a house coming in around $119K, Montgomery can provide an affordable place to raise a family.
In addition to being the state capital, Montgomery was also the first capital of the Confederacy right before the start of the civil war in 1861. It boasts a large military base, along with being the headquarters for major automobile and high-tech manufacturing companies. Travelers can soak in the laid back charm which cloaks its many artistic pursuits, natural beauty, and mouthwatering southern delicacies that are famous the world over. The quaint Old Alabama Town, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, and the First White House of the Confederacy are some of the must-visit hot spots here. The beauty of the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park and the amazing Montgomery Zoo are great attractions for families as well.