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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  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
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$744
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Birmingham Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    283
  • Murder
    37
    6
  • Rape
    75
    41
  • Robbery
    525
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,482
    500
  • Theft
    4,163
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    714
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,404
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Birmingham Reviews

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Birmingham, AL has made great strides in the last several years to become a more family friendly area. It has many free places to visit such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, Vulcan Park and the Botanical Gardens. Watch the Barons play baseball at the brand new state of the art Regions Field and then take a short stroll to Railroad Park. There you will find a green oasis with a walking track, playgrounds, a skate park and even a pond in the middle of the city. If walking is your thing check out the Rotary Trail which follows the old railroad track. For little ones, don't miss McWane Science Center and The Birmingham Zoo! There are tons of great places to eat in Birmingham, but one of our favorites is Paramount Burgers, located near McWane Center. It's part restaurant,part old fashioned arcade and 100% fun for kids of all ages! The only downside to Birmingham is the parking system. There are never enough places to park and public transportation is almost non existent.
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Birmingham, Alabama is an up and coming city. Currently there is a revitalization movement sweeping the downtown, metropolitan area. This is allowing for the renovation of many historical buildings into restaurants, loft living, and family friendly activities. My city has begun to build green spaces, hiking/biking trails and has a minor league baseball stadium in the heart of the city. Birmingham is home to one of the rising medical schools in the country, which is affiliated with the third largest public hospital in the United States. Birmingham has a rich history and a progressive future.
I love the activities and food options that are available in Birmingham. If you're interested in something, Birmingham (probably) has something for you. The only downside is the traffic!