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PostSubject: How big?   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:48 pm

How big is Montgomery? confused
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Montgomery, Alabama
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City of Montgomery
Flag of City of Montgomery
Flag Official seal of City of Montgomery
Location in Montgomery County and Alabama
Location in Montgomery County and Alabama
Location of Alabama in the United States
Location of Alabama in the United States
Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 32°21′42″N 86°16′45″W / 32.36167, -86.27917
Country United States
State Flag of Alabama Alabama
County Montgomery
Incorporated December 3, 1819
- Mayor Charles Jinright (D) (acting)
- City 156.19 sq mi (404.53 km2)
- Land 155.38 sq mi (402.43 km2)
- Water 0.81 sq mi (2.09 km2)
Elevation 240 ft (73 m)
Population (2006)[1]
- City 201,998
- Density 1,281.31/sq mi (499.34/km2)
- Metro 469,268
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-51000
GNIS feature ID 0165344

Montgomery (IPA: /məntˈgəmɜriː/) is the capital, second most populous city,[2] and the fourth most populous metropolitan area[3] in the Southern U.S. state of Alabama, and is the county seat of Montgomery County.[2] It is located southeast of the center of the state, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. The city population was 201,568 as of the 2000 census.[4] Montgomery is the primary city of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2000 population of 346,528.[3]

The city was incorporated in 1819, as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846. In February 1861, Montgomery was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, until the seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia in May of that year[5]. During the mid-20th century, Mongtomery was a primary site in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches.[5]

Today, in addition to housing many Alabama government agencies, Montgomery has a large military presence due to Maxwell Air Force Base[6], public universities Alabama State University and Auburn University-Montgomery, high-tech manufacturing including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama[7], and cultural attractions like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.[8]
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