ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

The City of Birmingham, Alabama, is a municipal corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in the state with a population currently estimated at 242,820, and a metro population of 1,079,089.

Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the cross-section of two major railroads, the city was once the primary industrial center of the southern United States. At the height of the nation's manufacturing age, the city grew so fast in population, it was called the "Magic City." Today, Birmingham has transformed itself into a medical research, banking and service-based economy, making it one of the nation's most livable cities with a vibrant downtown, a burgeoning loft community, a world-class culinary scene and more green space per capita than any other city in the nation!

Birmingham also boasts 99 historic neighborhoods and is often referred to as the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement. The average (high) temperature in the city is 65°; the average low is 51°. The city is centrally located in the southeast and easily accessible to major hubs in the region

Birmingham Stats:

  • Ranks 13th among the largest southeastern metropolitan areas
  • Represents 24 percent of Alabama's total population
  • Represents 31 percent of Alabama's total payroll dollars
  • Ranks 48th in population among the nation's top 300 metropolitan areas
  • Home to 40,680 Businesses

Area: 5,332 square miles--MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)—Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties.
Birmingham: 151 Square Miles

Altitudes: Average - 620 ft.; Range - 538 ft.-1,200 ft.

Latitude: 33o 38' N
Longitude: 86o 50' W

Climate: Average high 65°; Average low 51°; Average annual 61.8°.

MEDIAN 2004 HOUSEHOLD EFFECTIVE BUYING INCOME (MSA): $35,146

LARGEST EMPLOYERS (MSA):
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Baptist Medical Centers
BellSouth
Jefferson County Public Schools

EDUCATION: Three universities, three colleges, four junior colleges, three technical schools, three religious training schools, four business and 276 public schools.

GOVERNMENT: Birmingham, the county seat, is one of 33 separately incorporated municipalities in Jefferson County. The City has a mayor/council form of government with a general fund annual budget of approximately $300 million for fiscal year 2007.

RESTAURANTS: There are more than 500 restaurants in the Birmingham area. This number includes full service restaurants, cafeterias, fast food outlets and hotel and motel establishments.

CHURCHES: The Birmingham metropolitan area has over 1,300 churches, and church membership is held by approximately 60 percent of the population

MAYORS OF THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA