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Best Cities 2010: Montgomery, AL

City: Montgomery 

State: Alabama

Best Cities Overall Rank: 56

About Montgomery:

Montgomery is home to one of the world's largest Shakespeare festivals. More than 300,000 visitors attend each year.

Montgomery is rich in Civil Rights history and home to the Civil Rights Memorial and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached.

County: Montgomery

Population: 202,696

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Montgomery Advertiser 

Montgomery blogs:

Mariann Simms: Blogged Down

The Princess and the Pork Chop

The Foremans

Montgomery's Facebook page: Follow Montgomery on Facebook 

Montgomery's Twitter page: Follow Montgomery on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 87           

Alabama High School graduation rate 2008: 83%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.99

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 11

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.43

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 255

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,797

 

Health rank: 93

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.66

 

Safety rank: 21

Violent Crimes, 2008: 883

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 435.62

Sex Offenders: 326

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 160.83

 

Economy rank: 51           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 18.6 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 11.2

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 987.87

Median Home Sale Price: $123,000                                                  

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.01%           

 

Recreation Rank: 67

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1,562.90           

Parkland per 100,000: 771.06

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