Living in Birmingham

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Birmingham is located north of Montgomery, the state capital and is the largest city in the state. It was founded in 1871 at the crossing of two railroad lines and named after England's greatest industrial city. Iron and steel production were the focus of Birmingham's major industries. Gradually, the huffing and puffing of Birmingham's legendary iron and steel mills gave way to the energy and innovation of medical and engineering professionals. Today, Birmingham boasts a workforce that balances manufacturing with service-oriented jobs. Healthcare, banking, insurance, distribution, retail, construction and engineering firms all thrive in this mid-sized city, located at the heart of one of the largest urban regions in the South. Unlike some larger Southern cities that have chosen to trade soul for growth and development, Birmingham has retained its true Southern character. It has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America.

There is an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. Birmingham is located near the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains. This provides an excellent chance for outdoor actives such as hiking, biking, backpacking, climbing, fishing, and boating. All of these common pastimes and can be enjoyed at many area locations including Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest state park.

Birmingham's high quality of life has been recognized nationally for many years, most recently by the U.S. Conference of Mayors which awarded Birmingham its Most Livable City designation.

The cost of living in Birmingham compares very favorably to cities in other regions of the country. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Birmingham in the top five in the U.S. among cities where business is best.

Birmingham is the leading city in a state that's estimated to have 10 percent of the nation's natural resources and 10 percent of the nation's navigable waterways. The Birmingham area has:

  • 10 institutions of higher education.
  • five county and 13 major city public school systems.
  • over 50 private and denominational schools.
  • over 20 hospitals with a combined total of approximately 6,500 beds.

Birmingham is in the geographic heart of the Southeast--two-and-a-half hours by interstate from Atlanta, four hours from Nashville, six hours from New Orleans, five hours from the Smoky Mountains, and five hours from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Birmingham lies within 500 miles of 60 percent of the nation's population.   Rich in history and culture, Birmingham shines as one of the best places to live in the Southeast. It doesn't take long to fall in love with a city this full of energy and life. Our wonderful climate, hilly and tree-blanketed terrain, our museums, parks, golf courses, our dining, shopping, sports and the wonderful hospitality of our people make Birmingham an ideal place to make your home. For more information about the Birmingham area please visit the Chamber of Commerce or the Birmingham Convention and Visitor's Bureau.