If you are an apartment renter who likes tree-lined neighborhood streets, golf, and artesian wells, then Prattville, Alabama, may have what you are looking for. According to the motto of the "Fountain City," progress and preservation go hand in hand, making Prattville the "preferred community." The town also appears to be a breeding ground for sporting talent, having spawned four major league baseball players, three NFL football players and one university football coach. Wilson Pickett, R&B and soul giant, was also a native son.
Around the time New Hampshire native Daniel Pratt spotted the sparkling waters of Autauga Creek, the area was predominantly inhabited by Native Americans. It was in the 1830s that Pratt purchased 1,000 acres with a view toward developing the area for manufacturing, using the running water of the creeks to supply power to his machinery for building cotton gins. Today, the population surpasses 34,000 residents.
Apartment renters have a variety of choices when it comes to deciding what to do during the off-work hours. Golfers will appreciate the Capitol Hill Golf Course while the kids might enjoy a day at the Pratt Cotton Gin Mill.
The nearest large town is Montgomery, roughly 13 miles and a 21-minute drive from Prattville. The journey via Highway 82 runs past Cobbs Lake and Gun Island Chute, a section of the Alabama River, which offers a pretty commute.
The number of people who use public transportation in the Fountain City is 64 percent lower than those in the rest of Alabama and 97 percent lower than the national average. There is one train station within 30 miles of the city center and no regular bus service. If you are looking for an apartment to rent in a neighborhood that is not within comfortable walking or cycling distance of where you work, you will probably want to have a car.
Apartment renters with children should note that Prattville lies in the Autauga County School System. There are eight schools, including the Autauga County Technology Center and Prattville High School. There are also two Christian schools, one within the local community and the other in a nearby unincorporated area of the county.
For students of higher education, within a 50-mile radius, there are 15 colleges. Among these are H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College, Alabama State University, and Fortiss College Montgomery. The tranquil rural character of the area, together with the abundant oxygen produced by the ambient trees and greenery, make this an ideal place to study.
For apartment renters looking for work near their neighborhood, the major employers in the area are the International Paper Company, Kinedyne Corporation and LoneStar Plastics. Many people in the area are employed in the manufacturing and retail industries.