Prattville, AL

History

Originally from New Hampshire, architect Daniel Pratt founded Prattville, AL in 1839. He was a forward thinking man who designed the town of Prattville with designated areas for living, shopping, industry, church, and school. Prattville quickly developed as an industrial center for cotton production using the energy harnessed from the nearby Autauga Creek. The city now serves as the county seat for Autauga County.

Geography

Prattville consists of 32.85 square miles of land along with 0.9 square miles of water. The community is located approximately 15 miles from Montgomery, the state capital. The region includes close access to the Alabama River as well as other streams and creeks. There is also easy access to I-85 for travel throughout the state.

Demographics

At the time of the U.S. Census in 2010, Prattville recorded a population of 33,992. Approximately 27 percent of residents are children, and nearly 12 percent of residents are seniors over the age of 65. Stability is noted in residential activity as 81.5 percent of residents remain in the same home for at least one year, and education is viewed as a high priority with more than 90 percent of adults over the age of 25 having successfully completed high school studies. More than 28 percent of these adults also possess at least four-year degrees in post-secondary studies.

Education

Those considering higher education in Montgomery at Alabama State University may find Prattville to be an interesting residential location with a short commute time. Those relocating to Prattville will also appreciate ample access to higher education opportunities with at least 28 colleges and universities situated within a radius of approximately 260 miles of the city. Area residents also have access to the Alabama Community College System, which is based in nearby Montgomery. Area families are served by the Autauga County School System for public education needs.

Attractions

Prattville offers a hometown feel to both residents and visitors while also providing close access to big-city attractions because of its proximity to Montgomery. The area features numerous historic spots, including the Daniel Pratt Historic District. Happy Hollow is a unique historic location of importance in African American history in the region. Creekwalk Garden is an example of horticultural innovation and activity, a picturesque location where concerts and festivals may be held during the year.

Climate

Prattville is characterized by mild winters, hot summers, and high levels of humidity throughout the year. It is important to plan appropriately for seasonal activities by hydrating properly and by having seasonally appropriate clothing on hand during travels. Unexpected extremes can take a toll on tourists as well as on residents. Winter conditions may be mild as lows register in the mid- to low-30s. However, in extreme cases, temperatures can drop to single-digit readings. Similarly, summer heat waves can compound the discomfort and safety issues associated with high humidity.

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