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Prattville is a city in Autaugamarker and Elmoremarker counties in the U.S. state of Alabamamarker. As of 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,119. Nicknamed "The Fountain City" due to the many artesian wells in the area, Prattville is part of the Montgomerymarker metropolitan statistical areamarker 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 Hampshiremarker, 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.

In the past 10 years, Prattville's city limits have begun to expand eastward into neighboring Elmore County. The original plan was to keep this portion of the city strictly commercial. However, due to a rapid increase in population, housing developments are currently being built on the Elmore County side.

The town has become a popular golf destination, featuring the Capitol Hill course (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail). The town is also the home of singer Wilson Pickett, hard rock band Trust Company and NFL stars Roman Harper, Kevin Turner, and Zac Woodfin. Major League Baseball player Marlon Anderson is originally from here.

Geography

Prattville is located at 32°27'32.886" North, 86°27'4.698" West (32.459135, -86.451305) . According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (61.9 km²), of which, 23.2 square miles (60.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (3.09%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,303 people, 8,939 households, and 6,918 families residing in Prattville. The population density was 1,049.0 people per square mile (405.0/km²). There were 9,562 housing units at an average density of 412.7/sq mi (159.3/km²). 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.

Population of Prattville
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


Education

Prattville is part of the Autauga County School System and has eight schools, including Prattville High Schoolmarker and the Autauga County Technology Center.

Media

Prattville is part of the Montgomery, Alabamamarker television market. The local radio station is WIQRmarker 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.

Severe weather

On February 17, 2008, Prattville was hit by an estimated F3 tornado which destroyed more than 45 homes and businesses and damaged over 800, some severely. No fatalities occurred and 28 people were injured. Preliminary estimates put the damage at $85 million in insured and uninsured damages.

Growth and development

Prattville has recently undergone much economic growth due to the development of several major businesses in the city. This growth includes the building of a Bass Pro Shops store, a Target, and numerous other shops and restaurants.

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