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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Birmingham is a city in Alabama with a population of 212,021. 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
212,021

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$797
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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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
    1,337.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    41.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    85.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    446.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,213.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,268.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    832.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 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
$35,346
National
$55,322
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Birmingham Reviews

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If it weren't for the constant traffic on 280, I'd want to stay here forever! It's easy to get anywhere you need to go, especially with everything so close to the UAB campus. Five Points South is the only place you need to go for nightlife, but don't be afraid to keep exploring! There's cute little deli places and hole in the wall coffee shops that will keep you running all through the long workday. I do wish there were more accessible public libraries, but as a student, I'm blessed to be able to use UAB's library system (which has more than enough books to satisfy my bookish tendencies). Sometimes parking can be a hassle, though, so remember to always keep some spare change for the parking meters when traveling downtown.
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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.
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.