B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$116,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$827
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Montgomery Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    338
    283
  • Murder
    15
    6
  • Rape
    20
    41
  • Robbery
    224
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,149
    500
  • Theft
    2,918
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    437
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,440
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Love Montgomery! Although I've lived in several other cities in the US, I'm a Montgomery native and came back home for a reason. Downtown is experiencing a huge revitalization that is now spreading to Five Points/Cottage Hill and Cap Heights. For the naysayers who claim there's nothing to do, several new businesses -- including an escape game/virtual reality destination -- have opened. However, I wonder whether the naysayers actually visit and support these new businesses. Transplants and young professionals have introduced new events and festivals, including the state's first taco festival, Taco Libre (Birmingham now copied).
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Montgomery is a diverse area, located in Central Alabama, convenient to Birmingham, Atlanta and the Florida coast. Montgomery has a little of everything for everyone! Foodies will find plenty of excellent dining choices, and those interested in the Arts will love the Shakespeare Festival. The Zoo rivals most of those in larger metropolitan areas, and it is convenient to music and entertainment provided by some of the larger cities in the South.
Some of the people in Montgomery have been amazing. They are always polite and cordial, and I have met some of my best friends from here. However, there are many negative things about Montgomery as well. First of all, minorities face micro-discrimination on the daily. The elderly are slightly racist, and if you are a minority, they think that you cannot speak English. In addition, Montgomery has the necessities to be considered a small city, yet lacks many of the public transport that many cities have, making it difficult to commute by walking. Additionally, the public school system is terrible. The county system is being overtaken by the state because the county lacks the ability to improve their failing school rate. However, the parks and art museum is quite nice, like an oasis within the desert; they also have extremely low property taxes and values. Montgomery has many negatives which need to be improved, but I have enjoyed my experience in Montgomery.