—  City  —
Official seal of Prattville
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Nickname(s): The Fountain City
Location in the state of Alabama
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Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Autauga, Elmore
 - Type Mayor/Council
 - Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr(R)
 - Total 23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2)
 - Land 23.2 sq mi (60 km2)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 31,119
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 36066-36068
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-62328
GNIS feature ID 0125246

Prattville is a city in Autauga and Elmore counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,119.[1] Nicknamed "The Fountain City" due to the many artesian wells in the area, Prattville is part of the Montgomery metropolitan statistical area and serves as the county seat of Autauga County.


Prattville was founded in 1839 by industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt. The area was largely inhabited by native Americans and a few settlers when Pratt, a native of Temple, New Hampshire, first observed the Autauga Creek in the 1830s. He purchased approximately 1,000 acres (4 km²) from Joseph May at $21.00 an acre, and set out to build his manufacturing facilities and the town along the banks of the Autauga creek. The location was chosen because the creek could supply power to the cotton gin manufacturing equipment. The town became an industrial center and rapidly grew. In 1868, it was named the county seat for Autauga County.[2]

Prattville contains several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Daniel Pratt Historic District, Bell House, and Buena Vista.[3]

Severe weatherEdit

On February 17, 2008, Prattville was hit by an F3 tornado which destroyed more than 45 homes and businesses and damaged over 700. Twenty-nine people were injured. Preliminary estimates put the damage at $85 million in insured and uninsured damages.[4]

Geography Edit

Prattville is located at 32°27'32.886" North, 86°27'4.698" West (32.459135, -86.451305)[5]. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of Template:Convert/mi2 of which Template:Convert/mi2 is land and Template:Convert/mi2 (3.09%) is water.

Demographics Edit

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 24,303 people, 8,939 households, and 6,918 families residing in Prattville. The population density was Template:Convert/PD/sqmi. There were 9,562 housing units at an average density of Template:Convert/numdisp square miles (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoff). The racial makeup of the city was 83.09% White, 14.42% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,939 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population is spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,728, and the median income for a family was $51,774. Males had a median income of $36,677 versus $22,978 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,832. 8.3% of the population and 6.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Year Population
1900 1,900
1940 2,700
1950 4,400
1960 6,600
1970 13,100
1980 18,600
1990 19,800
2000 24,303


Prattville is part of the Autauga County School System[8] and has eight schools, including Prattville High School and the Autauga County Technology Center.[9]


Prattville is part of the Montgomery, Alabama television market. The local radio station is WIQR 1410 AM, airing a sports radio format and featuring programming from Sporting News Radio. Prattville is also served by two news publications, the twice-weekly Prattville Progress newspaper and the Our Prattville web magazine.[10][11]


The town has become a popular golf destination, featuring the Capitol Hill course (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail).

Notable residentsEdit

Popular cultureEdit

The rock band Trust Company originated in Prattville.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Alabama, Listed Alphabetically: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006" (CSV). 2007 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 28, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007. 
  2. "Autauga County". Autauga County Heritage Assocication. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
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  4. "Tornadoes touch down across Southeast: 29 people injured in Alabama town; 200 homes, 100 businesses damaged". MSNBC. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. Lahmeyer, Jan (30 December 2002). "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - ALABAMA : urban population". POPULATION STATISTICS. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  8. "Autauga County Schools". Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  9. "Autauga County Technology Center". Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  10. "The Prattville Progress". The Prattville Progress. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  11. "Our Prattville: A News Magazine - About Us". Our Prattville. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
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External links Edit

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