A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$439,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,330
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%

Birmingham Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    19
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    19
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    90
    500
  • Theft
    1,023
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$112,545
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    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
    1%
    13%
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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.
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It's a beautifully groomed area with some of the nicest real estate and schools in Michigan. There is no shortage of good food, shopping, and entertainment including two cinemas. Visitors can stay at the Townsend Hotel, the best hotel in the state outside of those in Detroit. It's located in a convenient, central location. If you have enough money, and you will need a lot of it, you will never be bored. It's not without flaws, however. The parking meters are a downer and parking in general can be a pain. Sometimes the parking garages will accept people inside while reaching full occupancy. You're best off if you know someone in the area and can park at their house, have someone drop you off, or use alternate transportation to get there. Along with this, everything closes rather early. That seems to be a thing in Michigan, though, honestly. The property prices and taxes are significantly high, whether you're looking at private or commercial real estate.
What I like about Birmingham is many things. They have incredible activities and things to do year round which makes it very interesting. The town atmosphere is amazing, everyone seems to know everyone. I love the sense of close community you get while walking downtown. There are also a lot of family owned businesses in Birmingham, which makes it interesting to shop at because you have a wide range of options. It is truly a great place to live and to raise a family.