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  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Birmingham is a city in Alabama with a population of 212,265. Birmingham is in Jefferson County. Living in Birmingham offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Birmingham there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Birmingham and residents tend to be liberal.
About Birmingham...
Population
212,265

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$86,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$770
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Birmingham Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,109.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    37.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    74.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    524.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,481.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,163.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    713.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Birmingham

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,770
National
$55,322
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Birmingham Reviews

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Since moving to downtown Birmingham a year and a half ago this city has really grown on me! I love that I can bike to places like First Ave Rocks, Railroad Park, and my yoga studio. The community here is amazing as well. It has been exciting to watch the city grow in just the short time I have lived here. There is always an event happening or a new locally owned shop opening up. The one thing I would love to see Birmingham to better with is adding more bike lanes. I generally feel pretty safe biking around but there are some streets it would be a lot more comfortable for both me and the cars I share the road with.
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I love Birmingham,al I was born and raised here in the city.Birmingham has came a long ways from when i was growing up, there are more parks,family attractions, and more business. I would love to see our Birmingham Public School system improve! The children are the future and we need our education system to improve for the better.
Birmingham is an unexpectedly fun city with plenty to do for both families and young professionals. There is a vibrant food scene, great outdoors, and plenty of fun community events to keep your weekend event book full!