About

Vulcan overlooking 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 212,237, and a metro population of 1,136,650.

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 22 percent of Alabama’s total population
  • Represents 31 percent of Alabama’s total payroll dollars
  • Ranks 48th in population among the nation’s top 366 metropolitan areas
  • Home to 40,680 Businesses
  • Ranks 98th in population among the nation’s 285 largest cities.

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 temperature – 61.8
Average annual rainfall – 54.84”
Average annual snowfall – 1.40”

MEDIAN 2010 HOUSEHOLD EFFECTIVE BUYING INCOME (MSA): $31,827

2010 PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME (MSA): $19,775

LARGEST EMPLOYERS (MSA):
University of Alabama at Birmingham
U.S. Government
Alabama Power Company
Compass Bank
City of Birmingham
Children’s Hospital
Regions Bank
AT&T Telecommunications, Inc.
Birmingham Board of Education
American Cast Iron Pipe Co. Inc.

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

Enrollment at Area Colleges and Universities:
University of Alabama at Birmingham – 17,543
University of Montevallo – 3,045
Samford University – 4,715
Birmingham-Southern College – 1,542
Southeastern Bible College – 195
Miles College – 1,668
Jefferson State Community College – 9,688
Lawson State Community College – 4,863
Virginia College at Birmingham – 12,546

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

EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (NON-AGRICULTURAL) PERCENT OF JOBS BY SECTOR:
Construction and Mining: 6.8 percent
Manufacturing: 8.5 percent
Trade, Transportation & Utilities: 21.6 percent
Information: 2.9 percent
Financial Activities: 8.2 percent
Professional and Business Services: 12.6 percent
Educational and Health Services: 11.5 percent
Leisure and Hospitality: 7.8 percent
Other Services: 4.9 percent
Government: 15.2 percent

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