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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Birmingham is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 21,066. 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
21,066

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$488,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,481
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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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
    32.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    4.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    93.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    465.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    32.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    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
$117,670
National
$55,322
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Birmingham Reviews

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Birmingham is a safe, friendly and upscale suburb of Detroit. It is very pricey though and because of this can seem "exclusive." If you can afford to live in Birmingham it is a great place to raise a family. Its night life is fun and enjoyable--but at a cost. The public schools here are second to none. It's proximity to Detroit and other Detroit suburbs is excellent.

However, in a post-de facto and de jure segregation era, it is clear that Birmingham is a wealthy enclave of mostly rich white people. If you want a diverse environment, Birmingham is not the place. If you want to attend a mosque or synagogue then you will have to travel to Southfield or Dearborn. If you want an affordable and fancy dinner then you will have travel to Royal Oak or Troy.

Overall, Birmingham is a good city--if you can afford it and you are okay with a monolithic white neighborhood.
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Birmingham is charming, both in its residents as well as its landscape. Downtown has great restaurants and cute shops. There are plenty of fantastic public utilities like parks, the library, as well as the high quality public schools. Birmingham is safe and the people are friendly.
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.