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  1. Public Schools
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Glen Iris is a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama with a population of 20,773. Glen Iris is in Jefferson County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Glen Iris offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Glen Iris there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Glen Iris and residents tend to be liberal.
About Glen Iris...
Population
20,773

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$157,881
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$989
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    64%
  • Own
    36%
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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,260
National
$55,322
Families with Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Glen Iris Reviews

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I love this neighborhood. It's grittier than Homewood or other over-the-mountain towns, but if you value diversity, proximity to downtown, and affordable housing, then it's a winner. There are a lot students and UAB faculty and staff in the neighborhood. You have to keep an eye out--leaving your car door unlocked isn't a good idea, nor is leaving items of value out on your porch. But that's urban living for you! Having lived in Boston, I find Glen Iris reminds me of living in a "real" city--I can walk to some things, I see all kinds of people, my neighbors are friendly. Housing in the neighborhood is also appreciating as UAB grows, so now is a good time to get in.
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The area is not the safest to be in. However, it is in close proximity to where I work and go to school. It is close to downtown without always dealing with downtown traffic. Overall, Birmingham is better than a lot of areas. Unfortunately, over the years the crime rates have increased.
The crime is quickly getting worse. However, I have seen the police patrolling more frequently.