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{{{county}}}, Alabama
The Montgomery County Courthouse
[[File:Map of Alabama highlighting {{{county}}}.svg|120px|Map of Alabama highlighting {{{county}}} ]]
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded December 6, 1816[1]
Seat Montgomery
Largest city Montgomery
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

799.76 sq mi (2,071 km²)
789.76 sq mi (2,045 km²)
9.99 sq mi (26 km²), 1.25%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

223,510
283/sq mi (109/km²)
Website www.mc-ala.org

Montgomery County is a county in the state of Alabama. It is the most populous county in the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area; its population in 2000 was 223,510.

History Edit

Montgomery County was established by dividing Monroe County on December 6, 1816 by the Mississippi Territorial Legislature.[1] It is named for Lemuel P. Montgomery, a military officer killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in the War of 1812.[citation needed] The city of Montgomery, which is the county seat, is named for Richard Montgomery,[citation needed] an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada.

GeographyEdit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of Template:Convert/numdisp square miles (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoff), of which Template:Convert/numdisp square miles (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoff) (or 98.75%) is land and Template:Convert/numdisp square miles (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoff) (or 1.25%) is water.[2]

Major highwaysEdit

  • Interstate 65
  • Interstate 85
  • U.S. Highway 31
  • U.S. Highway 80
  • U.S. Highway 82
  • U.S. Highway 231
  • U.S. Highway 331
  • Alabama State Route 94
  • Alabama State Route 110
  • Alabama State Route 152
  • Alabama State Route 271

Adjacent countiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

As of the census[3] 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.

The total population was estimated to have grown by 61 persons from 2000 to 2006. 

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.[citation needed]

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.

2008 election resultsEdit

In the presidential race, Barack Obama won 62,166 votes, or 59%, while 42,031 votes (40% of those cast) were for John McCain[4]

Government and infrastructureEdit

File:Kilby Correctional Facility Mt Meigs Alabama.JPG
Kilby Correctional Facility

The Alabama Department of Corrections operates the Kilby Correctional Facility in Mount Meigs, an unincorporated area in the county.[5] The ADOC headquarters are in Montgomery.[6]

The Mount Meigs Campus, a juvenile correctional facility and the headquarters of the Alabama Department of Youth Services, which operates the campus, is in Mount Meigs.[7][8]

Cities and towns Edit

Unincorporated areas Edit

EducationEdit

File:Montgomery Public Schools Headquarters.JPG
The Montgomery Public Schools headquarters and Montgomery County Board of Education is located at 307 S. Decatur Street in Montgomery.

Montgomery Public Schools operates public schools.

The Montgomery City-County Public Library operates public libraries.

See alsoEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Digest of the Laws of the State of Alabama: Containing The Statutes and Resolutions in Force at the end of the General Assembly in January, 1823. Published by Ginn & Curtis, J. & J. Harper, Printers, New-York, 1828. Title 10. Chapter VII. Pages 83-84. "An Act to divide the County of Monroe, and form a new County by the name of Montgomery—Passed December 6, 1816." (Google Books)
  2. {{cite web   |url=http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt   |title=Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties   |publisher=United States Census   |accessdate=2011-02-13 }}
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. http://www.uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  5. "Kilby Correctional Facility." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 5, 2010.
  6. "Correctional Facility Directory." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  7. "Mt. Meigs Campus." Alabama Department of Youth Services. Retrieved on July 26, 2010.
  8. "School District Contact Information and Addresses." Alabama Department of Youth Services. Retrieved on July 26, 2010. "DYS Central Office" "1000 Industrial School Road Mt. Meigs, AL 36057"

External linksEdit

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Coordinates: Template:Coord/link

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