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  5. Good for Families
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  7. Jobs
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Birmingham is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 20,836. Birmingham is in Oakland County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Birmingham offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Birmingham there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Birmingham and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Birmingham are highly rated.
About Birmingham...
Population
20,836

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$467,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,414
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Birmingham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    14.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    14.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    47.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    845.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    23.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Birmingham

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$114,537
National
$55,322
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Birmingham Reviews

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Abundantly affluent. Upscale downtown vibe with plenty of fine and upscale casual dining and shopping. Great place to raise a family, for working adults and retirees. Attracts a Bria’s age demographic. Wide range in $/sq ft of residential property.
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I love living in Birmingham. Everything is convenient, great shops, friendly people and safe environment. My only complaint, and it’s a big one... is the artificially inflated housing prices and corruption in the assessing department. Many homes are assessed way higher than market value.
I love Birmingham! Downtown Birmingham is great; the city is not too big or too small, and it is very close to many places such as Detroit. I have lived here my whole life and I have never wished to live in another city and I would love to live here again after college and raise my family here.