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From top left: Downtown from Red Mountain; Torii in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Alabama Theatre; Birmingham Museum of Art; City Hall; Downtown Financial Center.

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Nickname(s): "The Magic City", "Pittsburgh of the South"
Location in Jefferson County, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Jefferson, Shelby
Incorporated December 19, 1871
Government
 • Type Mayor – Council
 • Mayor William A. Bell
Area
 • City 151.9 sq mi (393 km2)
 • Land 149.9 sq mi (388 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5 km2)
Elevation 644 ft (196 m)
Population (2012)
 • City 212,038 (US: 100th)
 • Density 1,415.85/sq mi (546.66/km2)
 • Metro 1,136,650 (US: 48th)
Demonym Birminghamian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 35201 to 35298
Area code(s) 205
Interstates I-20, I-22, I-59 I-65, and I-459
Airports Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
FIPS code 01-07000
GNIS feature ID 015817
Website http://www.birminghamal.gov
Current City Council Membership
District Representative Position
1 LaShunda Scales
2 Kim Rafferty
3 Valerie A. Abbott
4 Maxine Parker
5 Johnathan Austin
6 Carole Smitherman
7 James E. Roberson, Jr.
8 Steven Hoyt President Pro-Tem
9 Roderick Royal President
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 3,086
1890 26,178 748.3%
1900 38,415 46.7%
1910 132,685 245.4%
1920 178,806 34.8%
1930 259,678 45.2%
1940 267,583 3.0%
1950 326,037 21.8%
1960 340,887 4.6%
1970 300,910 −11.7%
1980 284,413 −5.5%
1990 265,968 −6.5%
2000 242,840 −8.7%
2010 212,237 −12.6%
Est. 2012 212,038 −0.1%
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Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) (/ˈbɜrmɪŋhæm/ BUR-ming-ham) is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 212,237 according to the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI)-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one quarter of Alabama's population.

Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. It grew from there, annexing many more of its smaller neighbors, into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) was named for Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI), United Kingdom, one of the UK's major industrial cities. Many, if not most, of the original settlers who founded Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) were of English ancestry. In one writer's view, the city was planned as a place where cheap, non-unionized, and African-American labor from rural Alabama could be employed in the city's steel mills and blast furnaces, giving it a competitive advantage over industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

From its founding through the end of the 1960s, Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) was a primary industrial center of the South. The pace of Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s growth during the period from 1881 through 1920 earned its nicknames The Magic City and The Pittsburgh of the South. Much like Pittsburgh, Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s major industries were iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry, where rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI). In the field of railroading, the two primary hubs of railroading in the Deep South were nearby Atlanta and Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI), beginning in the 1860s and continuing through to the present day. The economy diversified during the later half of the twentieth century. Though the manufacturing industry maintains a strong presence in Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI), other businesses and industries such as banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education, and insurance have risen in stature. Mining in the Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) area is no longer a major industry with the exception of coal mining. Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI) ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States and is also one of the largest banking centers in the United States. In addition, the Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial, along with five other Fortune 1000 companies.

In higher education, Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) has been the location of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Alabama) and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry since 1947. Since that time it has also obtained a campus of the University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) (founded circa 1969), one of three main campuses of the University of Alabama System. It is also home of the private Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI)-Southern College. Between these two universities and Samford University, the Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) area has major colleges of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, law, engineering, and nursing. Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI) is home to three of the state's five law schools: Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) School of Law, and Miles Law School. Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI) is also the headquarters of the Southeastern Conference, one of the major U.S. collegiate athletic conferences.

History

Founding and early growth

Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) was founded on June 1, 1871, by the Elyton Land Company whose investors included cotton planters, bankers and railroad entrepreneurs. It sold lots near the planned crossing of the Alabama & Chattanooga and South & North Alabama railroads including land formerly a part of the Benjamin P. Worthington Plantation. The first business at that crossroads was the trading post and country store operated by Marre & Allen. The site of the railroad crossing was notable for the nearby deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone – the three main raw materials used in making steel. Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI) is the only place worldwide where significant amounts of all three minerals can be found in close proximity. From the start the new city was planned as a great center of industry. The founders, organized as the Elyton Land Company, borrowed the name of Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI), one of England's main industrial cities, to advertise that point. The growth of the planned city was impeded by an outbreak of cholera and a Wall Street crash in 1873. However, it began to grow shortly afterward at an explosive rate.

The town of Elyton, Alabama, and several other surrounding towns were absorbed into Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) in 1911.

The start of the 20th century brought the substantial growth that gave Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) the nickname "The Magic City" as the downtown area developed from a low-rise commercial and residential district into a busy grid of neoclassical mid-rise and high-rise buildings and busy streetcar lines. Between 1902 and 1912 four large office buildings were constructed at the intersection of 20th Street, the central north–south spine of the city, and 1st Avenue North, which connected the warehouses and industrial facilities stretching along the east–west railroad corridor. This impressive group of early skyscrapers was nicknamed "The Heaviest Corner on Earth".

Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) was hit by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake in 1916. It was felt as far as Atlanta.

Panorama of Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI), Alabama in 1916

The Great Depression hit Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) especially hard as sources of capital that were fueling the city's growth rapidly dried up at the same time that farm laborers, driven off the land, made their way to the city in search of work. New Deal programs made important contributions to the city's infrastructure and artistic legacy, including such key improvements as Vulcan's tower and Oak Mountain State Park.

The wartime demand for steel and the post-war building boom gave Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) a rapid return to prosperity. Manufacturing diversified beyond the production of raw materials and major civic institutions such as schools, parks and museums, were able to expand their scope.

Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI) civil rights movement

In the 1950s and 1960s Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) received national and international attention as a center of the civil rights struggle for African-Americans. Locally the movement's activists were led by Fred Shuttlesworth, a fiery preacher who became legendary for his fearlessness in the face of violence, notably a string of racially motivated bombings that earned Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) the derisive nickname "Bombingham".

16th Street Baptist Church, now a National Historic Landmark

A watershed in the civil rights movement occurred in 1963 when Shuttlesworth requested that Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which Shuttlesworth had co-founded, come to Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI), where King had once been a pastor, to help end segregation. Together they launched "Project C" (for "Confrontation"), a massive assault on the Jim Crow system. During April and May daily sit-ins and mass marches organized and led by movement leader James Bevel were met with police repression, tear gas, attack dogs, fire hoses, and arrests. More than 3,000 people were arrested during these protests, almost all of them high-school age children. These protests were ultimately successful, leading not only to desegregation of public accommodations in Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) but also the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

While imprisoned for having taken part in a nonviolent protest, Dr. King wrote the now famous Letter from Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI) Jail, a defining treatise in his cause against segregation. Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI) is also known for a bombing which occurred later that year, in which four black girls were killed by a bomb planted at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The event would inspire the African-American poet Dudley Randall's opus, "The Ballad of Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI)", as well as jazz musician John Coltrane's song "Alabama".

In 1998 the Birmingham Pledge, written by local attorney James Rotch, was introduced at the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast. As a grassroots community commitment to combating racism and prejudice, it has since then been used for programs in all fifty states and in more than twenty countries. In 2011, the Highland Park (Highland Park, Michigan Relocation Companies) neighborhood of Birmingham was named as a 2011 America's Great Place by the American Planning Association.

Recent history

In the 1970s urban-renewal efforts focused around the development of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI), which developed into a major medical and research center. In 1971 Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) celebrated its centennial with a round of public-works improvements, including the upgrading of Vulcan Park. Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s banking institutions enjoyed considerable growth as well and new skyscrapers started to appear in the city center for the first time since the 1920s. These projects helped the city's economy to diversify, but did not prevent the exodus of many of the city's residents to independent suburbs. In 1979 Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) elected Dr. Richard Arrington Jr. as its first African-American mayor.

The population inside Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI)'s city limits has fallen over the past few decades, due in large part to "white flight" from the city of Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI) proper to surrounding suburbs. The city's formerly most populous ethnic group, non-Hispanic white, has declined from 57.4 percent in 1970 to 21.1 percent in 2010. From 340,887 in 1960, the population was down to 242,820 in 2000, a loss of about 29 percent. By 2009 Census estimates placed Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s population at 230,650. That same period saw a corresponding rise in the populations of the suburban communities of Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Alabaster, and Gardendale, none of which were incorporated as municipalities until after 1950.

Today, Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) has begun to experience something of a rebirth. New resources have been dedicated in reconstructing the downtown area into a 24-hour mixed-use district. The market for downtown lofts and condominiums has increased while restaurant, retail and cultural options are also beginning to expand. In 2006, the visitors bureau selected "the diverse city" as a new tag line for the city.

Geography and climate

Geography

Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge

Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) occupies Jones Valley, flanked by long parallel mountain ridges (the tailing ends of the Appalachian foothills – see Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians) running from north-east to south-west. The valley is drained by small creeks (Village Creek, Valley Creek) which flow into the Black Warrior River. The valley was bisected by the principal railroad corridor, along which most of the early manufacturing operations began.

Red Mountain lies immediately south of downtown. Many of Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI)'s television and radio broadcast towers are lined up along this prominent ridge. The "Over the Mountain" area, including Shades Valley, Shades Mountain and beyond, was largely shielded from the industrial smoke and rough streets of the industrial city. This is the setting for Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI)'s more affluent suburbs of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Homewood, and Hoover. South of Shades Valley is the Cahaba River basin, one of the most diverse river ecosystems in the United States.

Sand Mountain, a smaller ridge, flanks the city to the north and divides Jones Valley from much more rugged land to the north. The Louisville and Nashville (Nashville, MI Relocation Company) Railroad (now CSX Transportation) enters the valley through Boyles Gap, a prominent gap in the long low ridge.

Ruffner Mountain, located due east of the heart of the city, is home to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, one of the largest urban nature reserves in the United States.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 151.9 square miles (393 km2), of which, 149.9 square miles (388 km2) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) of it (1.34%) is water.

Climate

Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. January sees average highs in the low to mid 50s °F (10–13 °C), with lows just above freezing, falling to that point on 55 nights per year. In July temperatures are in the low 90s °F (32–34 °C), with lows averaging around 70 °F (21.1 °C); highs exceed 90 °F (32.2 °C) on 58 days per year and 100 °F (37.8 °C) on 2 or 3. Precipitation is relatively well-distributed throughout the year, sometimes falling in the form of snow during winter; however, 10.3 inches (26.2 cm) fell on March 13, 1993, during the 1993 Storm of the Century, which left the highest one-storm and daily snowfall total.

The spring and fall months are pleasant but variable as cold fronts frequently bring strong to severe thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes to the region. The fall season features less rainfall and fewer storms, as well as lower humidity than the spring, but it is also a secondary severe weather season. Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) is located on the heart of a Tornado Alley known as the Dixie Alley due to the frequency of tornadoes in Central Alabama. The greater Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) area has been hit by two F5 tornadoes; one in Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s northern suburbs in 1977, and second in the western suburbs in 1998. The area was hit by an EF4 tornado which was part of a larger outbreak in April 2011. In late summer and fall months, Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) experiences occasional tropical storms and hurricanes due to its proximity to the Central Gulf Coast.

The record high temperature is 107 °F (42 °C), set on July 29, 1930, and the record low is −6 °F (−21 °C), set on January 21, 1985.

Climate data for Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI), Alabama (Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Int'l), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
83
(28)
90
(32)
92
(33)
99
(37)
106
(41)
107
(42)
105
(41)
106
(41)
94
(34)
85
(29)
80
(27)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 53.8
(12.1)
58.4
(14.7)
66.7
(19.3)
74.4
(23.6)
81.5
(27.5)
87.7
(30.9)
90.8
(32.7)
90.6
(32.6)
85.1
(29.5)
75.3
(24.1)
65.4
(18.6)
55.9
(13.3)
73.8
(23.2)
Average low °F (°C) 33.8
(1)
37.1
(2.8)
43.7
(6.5)
50.5
(10.3)
59.7
(15.4)
67.7
(19.8)
71.4
(21.9)
70.8
(21.6)
64.3
(17.9)
52.9
(11.6)
43.5
(6.4)
36.3
(2.4)
52.6
(11.4)
Record low °F (°C) −6
(−21)
2
(−17)
2
(−17)
26
(−3)
36
(2)
42
(6)
51
(11)
51
(11)
37
(3)
27
(−3)
5
(−15)
1
(−17)
−6
(−21)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.83
(122.7)
4.53
(115.1)
5.23
(132.8)
4.38
(111.3)
4.98
(126.5)
4.38
(111.3)
4.79
(121.7)
3.93
(99.8)
3.90
(99.1)
3.44
(87.4)
4.85
(123.2)
4.45
(113)
53.69
(1,363.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) .7
(1.8)
.2
(0.5)
.6
(1.5)
.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
.1
(0.3)
1.7
(4.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.4 10.0 10.2 9.1 10.2 11.0 11.7 9.6 7.4 7.6 9.1 10.4 116.7
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.3 0.2 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 149.8 159.8 219.1 247.6 282.6 280.7 264.3 260.7 223.8 231.9 166.3 154.4 2,641
Source #1: NOAA
Source #2: Weather.com (extremes)

Earthquakes

The Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) area is not prone to frequent earthquakes; its historical activity level is 59% less than the US average. Earthquakes are generally minor and the Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) area can feel an earthquake from the Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone. The mangitude 5.1 Irondale earthquake in 1916 caused damage in the Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) area and was felt in the neighboring states and as far as the Carolinas. The 2003 earthquake centered in northeastern Alabama (magnitude 4.6-4.9) was also felt in Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI), Atlanta, Tennessee, Kentucky, and both Carolina states.

Government

Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) has a strong-mayor variant mayor-council form of government, led by a mayor and a nine-member city council. The current system replaced the previous city commission government in 1962 (primarily as a way to remove Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene "Bull" Connor from power).

By Alabama law, an issue before a city council must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote (Act No. 452, Ala. Acts 1955, as supplemented by Act No. 294, Ala. Acts 1965). Executive powers are held entirely by the Mayor's Office. Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI)'s current Mayor is William A. Bell. Mayor Bell, who previously served as interim Mayor in 1999, won a special election on January 19, 2010, to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Larry Langford. Langford was removed from office after being convicted of federal corruption charges on October 28, 2009.

In 1974 Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI) established a structured network of neighborhood associations and community advisory committees to insure public participation in governmental issues that affect neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations are routinely consulted on matters related to zoning changes, liquor licenses, economic development, policing and other city services. Neighborhoods are also granted discretionary funds from the city's budget to use for capital improvements. Each neighborhood's officers meet with their peers to form Community Advisory Committees which are granted broader powers over city departments. The presidents of these committees, in turn, form the Citizen's Advisory Board, which meets regularly with the mayor, council, and department heads. Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is divided into a total of 23 communities, and again into a total of 99 individual neighborhoods with individual neighborhood associations.

State and federal representation

The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI). The main post office is located at 351 24th Street North in Downtown Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI). Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is also the home of the Social Security Administration's Southeastern Program Service Center. This center is one of only seven in the United States that process Social Security entitlement claims and payments. In addition, Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI) is the home of a branch bank of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank.

Economy

From Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s early days onward, the steel industry has always played a crucial role in the local economy. Though the steel industry no longer has the same prominence it once held in Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI), steel production and processing continue to play a key role in the economy. Steel products manufacturers American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO) and McWane are based in the city. Several of the nation's largest steelmakers, including CMC Steel, U.S. Steel, and Nucor, also have a major presence in Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI). In recent years, local steel companies have announced about $100 million worth of investment in expansions and new plants in and around the city. Vulcan Materials Company, a major provider of crushed stone, sand, and gravel used in construction, is also based in Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI).

In the 1970s and 1980s, Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s economy was transformed by investments in bio-technology and medical research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) (UAB) and its adjacent hospital. The UAB Hospital is a Level I trauma center providing health care and breakthrough medical research. UAB is now the area's largest employer and the second largest in Alabama with a workforce of about 18,750 as of 2011. Health care services providers HealthSouth, Surgical Care Affiliates and Diagnostic Health Corporation are also headquartered in the city. Caremark Rx was also founded in the city.

Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) is also a leading banking center, serving as home to two major banks: Regions Financial Corporation and BBVA Compass. SouthTrust, another large bank headquartered in Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI), was acquired by Wachovia in 2004. The city still has major operations as one of the regional headquarters of Wachovia, which itself is now part of Wells Fargo Bank. In November 2006, Regions Financial merged with AmSouth Bancorporation, which was also headquartered in Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI). They formed the 8th largest U.S. bank (by total assets). Nearly a dozen smaller banks are also headquartered in the Magic City, such as Superior Bank and (until its failure in 2009 and reformation as Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI)-based Cadence Bank) New South Federal Savings Bank. As of 2009, the finance & banking sector in Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) employed 1,870 financial managers, 1,530 loan officers, 680 securities commodities and financial services sales agents, 380 financial analysts, 310 financial examiners, 220 credit analysts, and 130 loan counselors.

AT&T City Center in downtown

The telephone company that is now owned by AT&T Inc., which was formerly BellSouth and before that South Central Bell, which had its headquarters in Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI), has a major nexus in Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI), supported by a skyscraper downtown as well as several large operational center buildings and a data center.

The insurance companies Protective Life, Infinity Property & Casualty, ProAssurance, and Liberty National have their headquarters in Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI), and these employ a large number of people in Greater Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI).

Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) is also a powerhouse of construction and engineering companies, including BE&K, Brasfield & Gorrie and B.L. Harbert International which routinely are included in the Engineering News-Record lists of top design and international construction firms.

Two of the largest soft-drink bottlers in the United States, each with more than $500 million in sales per year, are located in Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI). The Buffalo Rock Company, founded in 1901, was formerly a maker of just ginger ale, but now it is a major bottler for the Pepsi Cola Company, and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, United, founded in 1902, is the third-largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the U.S.

The Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) metropolitan area has consistently been rated as one of America's best places to work and earn a living based on the area's competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses. One study published in 2006 by Salary.com determined that Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI) was second in the nation for building personal net worth, based on local salary rates, living expenses, and unemployment rates.

A 2006 study by web site bizjournals.com calculated Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s "combined personal income" (the sum of all money earned by all residents of an area in a year) at $48.1 billion.

Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI)'s sales tax, which also applies fully to groceries, stands at 10 percent and is the highest tax rate of the nation's 100 largest cities.

Although Jefferson County's bankruptcy filing was the largest government bankruptcy in United States history, Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) remains solvent.

Metropolitan infrastructure

Education

Woodlawn High School, a magnet high school

The city of Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) is served by the Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) City Schools system. It is run by the Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) Board of Education with a current active enrollment of 30,500 in 67 schools: seven high schools, 13 middle schools, 33 elementary schools, and nine kindergarten-eighth-grade primary schools.

The Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI) Public Library with 21 branches serves the entire community to provide education and entertainment for all ages.

The greater-Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) metropolitan area is the home of numerous independent school systems, because there has a been a great deal of fragmentation of educational systems in Alabama, and especially in Jefferson County. Some of these "school systems" only have three to five schools. The metropolitan area's three largest school systems are the Jefferson County School System, Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI) City Schools, and the Shelby County School System. However, there are many, many smaller school systems.

The Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) area is reputed to be the home of some of Alabama's best high schools, colleges, and universities. In 2005, the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale, an eastern suburb of Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI), was rated as the No. 1 high school in America by Newsweek, a national publication. The school remains among the nation's top 5 high schools. Mountain Brook High School placed 250th on the list. Other local schools that have been rated among America's best in various publications include Homewood High School, Vestavia Hills High School and the Alabama School of Fine Arts located downtown. The metro area also has three highly regarded preparatory schools: Saint Rose Academy located in Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) proper The Altamont School, also located in Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) proper, and Indian Springs School in north Shelby County near Pelham.

Noteworthy institutions of higher education in greater Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI) include the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI), Samford University (includes the Cumberland School of Law), Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) School of Law, Miles College, the independent Miles Law School, Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI)-Southern College, University of Montevallo (in Shelby County), Lawson State Community College, and Virginia College in Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI), the largest career college based in Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI).

Urban planning in Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI)

Before the first structure was built in Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI), the plan of the city was laid out over a total of 1,160 acres (4.7 km2) by the directors of the Elyton Land Co. The streets were numbered from west to east, leaving Twentieth Street to form the central spine of downtown, anchored on the north by Capital Park and stretching into the slopes of Red Mountain to the south. A "railroad reservation" was granted through the center of the city, running east to west and zoned solely for industrial uses. As the city grew, bridges and underpasses separated the streets from the railroad bed, lending this central reservation some of the impact of a river (without the pleasant associations of a waterfront). From the start, Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s streets and avenues were unusually wide at 80 to 100 feet (24 to 30 m), purportedly to help evacuate unhealthy smoke.

Railroad Park near downtown

In the early 20th century professional planners helped lay out many of the new industrial settlements and company towns in the Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI) District, including Corey (now Fairfield) which was developed for the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company (subsequently purchased by U.S. Steel). At the same time, a movement to consolidate several neighboring cities gained momentum. Although local referendums indicated mixed feelings about annexation, the Alabama legislature enacted an expansion of Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s corporate limits that became effective on January 1, 1910.

The Robert Jemison company developed many residential neighborhoods to the south and west of Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) which are still renowned for their aesthetic quality.

A 1924 plan for a system of parks, commissioned from the Olmsted Brothers is seeing renewed interest with several significant new parks and greenways under development. Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) officials have approved a City Center Master Plan developed by Urban Design Associates of Pittsburgh, which advocates strongly for more residential development in the downtown area. The plan also called for a major park over several blocks of the central railroad reservation: Railroad Park, which opened in 2010. Along with Ruffner Mountain Park, and Red Mountain Park Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) ranks first in the United States for public green space per resident.

Tallest buildings

Tallest buildings
Name Stories Height
Wells Fargo Tower 34 454 ft (138 m)
Regions-Harbert (Harbert, MI Moving Reviews) Plaza 32 437 ft (133 m)
AT&T City Center 30 390 ft (119 m)
Regions Center 30 390 ft (119 m)
City Federal Building 27 325 ft (99 m)
Alabama Power Headquarters Building 18 322 ft (98 m)
Leer Tower 20 287 ft (87 m)
John Hand Building 20 284 ft (87 m)
Daniel Building 20 283 ft (86 m)

Transportation

Interstate 59 (co-signed with Interstate 20) approaching Interstate 65 in downtown Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI)

The city is served by four Interstate Highways: Interstate 20, Interstate 65, Interstate 59, and Interstate 22, as well as a southern bypass expressway Interstate 459, which connects with I-20/59 to the southwest, with I-65 the south, I-20 to the east, and I-59 to the northeast. Beginning in downtown Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is the "Elton B. Stephens Expressway"—the Red Mountain Expressway to the southeast—which carries both U.S. Highway 31 and U.S. Highway 280 to, through, and over Red Mountain. Interstate 22 is on the verge of completion between Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) and Memphis, Tennessee, lacking only the final three to four miles that will connect it with I-65 just north of the Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) city limits. There have been proposals and plans for the construction of a Northern Beltline Highway on the opposite side of Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) from Interstate 459.

In the area of metropolitan public transportation, Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) is served by the Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI)-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) bus, trolley, and paratransit system, which from 1985 until 2008 was branded the Metro Area Express (MAX). BJCTA also operates a "downtown circulator" service called "D A R T" (Downtown Area Runabout Transit), which consists of two routes in the central business district and one in the UAB area.

Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is served by the Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI)-Shuttlesworth International Airport. This airport serves more than 3 million passengers every year. With more than 160 flights daily, the airport offers flights to 37 cities across the United States. Commercial passenger service through Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) is provided by United Express, Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection, American Airlines/American Eagle, US Airways/US Airways Express, and Southwest Airlines.

Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) is served by three major railroad freight companies: the Norfolk Southern Company, CSX Transportation, and the BNSF Railway. All three of these have major railroad yards in the metro area. Smaller regional railroads such as the Alabama Warrior Railway and the Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) Southern Railroad also freight customers in Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI). Amtrak's Crescent connects Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) with the cities and towns of Washington D.C. (and points northeast and northwest of that), Greensboro, NC, Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA, Anniston, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL Meridian, MS, Hattiesburg, MS, and New Orleans, LA. For the past several decades, the only passenger railroad service in Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) has been the Amtrak Crescent, with one train eastbound and one train westbound daily from the Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) Station.

Utilities

The water for Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) and the intermediate urbanized area is served by the Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) Water Works Board (BWWB). A public authority that was established in 1951, the BWWB serves all of Jefferson, northern Shelby, western St. Clair counties. The largest reservoir for BWWB is Lake Purdy, which is located on the Jefferson and Shelby County line, but has several other reservoirs including Bayview Lake in western Jefferson County. There are plans to pipeline water from Inland Lake in Blount County and Lake Logan Martin, but those plans are on hold indefinitely.

Jefferson County Environmental Services serves the Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) metro area with sanitary sewer service. Sewer rates have increased in recent years after citizens concerned with pollution in area waterways filed a lawsuit that resulted in a federal consent decree to repair an aging sewer system. Because the estimated cost of the consent decree was approximately three times more than the original estimate, many blame the increased rates on corruption of several Jefferson County officials. One major reason for the higher cost was that Jefferson County had to buy the sewers from many smaller municipalities in the area to ensure that these sewers were being maintained in a fashion that would meet EPA approval to avoid massive fines for failure to comply with the consent decree. The sewer construction and bond-swap agreements continue to be a controversial topic in the area.

Electric power is provided primarily by Southern Company-subsidiary, Alabama Power. However, some of the surrounding area such as Bessemer and Cullman are provided by TVA. Bessemer also operates its own water and sewer system. Natural gas is provided by Alagasco, although some metro area cities operate their own natural gas services. The local telecommunications are provided by AT&T. Cable television service is provided by Bright House Networks within the cities of Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) and Irondale, and Charter Communications in the rest of metro area.

People and culture

Demographics

2000

Based on the 2000 census, there were 242,820 people, 98,782 households, and 59,269 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (625.4/km2). There were 111,927 housing units at an average density of 746.6 per square mile (288.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.46% Black, 35.07% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 98,782 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were married couples living together, 24.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population is spread out, with 25.0% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,735, and the median income for a family was $31,851. Males had a median income of $28,184 versus $23,641 for females. The city's per capita income was $15,663. About 20.9% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.4% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.

2010

According to the 2010 U.S. Census:

  • 73.4% African American (Black)
  • 22.3% Caucasian (White)
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 1.0% Asian
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 1.0% Two or more races
  • 2.1% Other races
  • 3.6% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

Religion

St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI)

The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies published data showing that in 2010, among metro areas with a greater than one million population, Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) had the second highest ratio of Christians, and the greatest ratio of Protestant adherents, in the United States.

The city is home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI), covering 39 counties and comprising 75 parishes and missions as well as seven Catholic high schools and nineteen elementary schools; there are also two Eastern Catholic parishes in the Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI) area. Additionally, the Catholic television network EWTN is headquartered in metropolitan Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI). There are three Eastern Orthodox Churches in the Metro Area as well, Greek, Russian and American. There is also a Unitarian Universalist church in the Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI) area.

Surrounding suburbs

Suburbs are listed in order of population.

  • Hoover: Pop. 83,412
  • Vestavia Hills: Pop. 34,090
  • Alabaster: Pop. 30,991
  • Bessemer (Bessemer, Michigan Relocation Companies): Pop. 27,289
  • Homewood: Pop. 25,262
  • Pelham: Pop. 22,012
  • Mountain Brook: Pop. 20,369
  • Trussville: Pop. 20,178
  • Moody: Pop. 20,017
  • Helena: Pop. 17,209
  • Leeds: Pop. 11,885
  • Fairfield: Pop. 11,029
  • Pleasant Grove: Pop. 10,371
  • Forestdale: Pop. 10,162
  • Clanton: Pop. 8,669
  • Fultondale: Pop. 8,570
  • Tarrant: Pop. 6,340
  • Ada (Ada, Michigan Relocation Companies)msville: Pop. 4,490
  • Warrior: Pop. 3,216

Crime

Birmingham has the eighth highest crime rate in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked Birmingham as the third most dangerous city in the nation for 2011 (only Atlanta and Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MI Moving Company) were ranked higher). According to statistics reported to the FBI, Birmingham has the seventh highest murder rate among U.S. cities and is ranked eighteenth in violent crime. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked as having the 35th highest crime rate in the U.S., out of 347 MSAs ranked. The Birmingham metro area crime rate is in line with other southern MSAs such as Jacksonville, FL, and Charlotte, NC. Recently, the A&E Network series, "The First 48" has filmed episodes with some of the city's homicide detectives.

The downtown district is patrolled by City Action Partnership (CAP), formed in 1995 to increase the perception of safety. Funded by a downtown improvement association, the organization reports a 62% decline in criminal activity within its 109-block area.

Culture

Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is the cultural and entertainment capital of Alabama with numerous art galleries in the area including the Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI) Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Southeast. Downtown Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) is currently experiencing a cultural and economic rejuvenation, with several new independent shops and restaurants opening in the area. Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) is also home to the state's major ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies such the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Ballet, Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) Concert Chorale, and Opera Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI).

The Alabama Theatre in 2010
  • The historic Alabama Theatre hosts film screenings, concerts and performances.
  • The Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts is home to Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Opera Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) as well as several series of concerts and lectures. It is located on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI).
  • The Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI)-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), houses a theater, concert hall, exhibition halls, and a sports and concert arena. The BJCC is home to the Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) Children's Theatre, one of the oldest and largest children's theatres in the country, and hosts major concert tours and sporting events. Adjacent to the BJCC is the Sheraton Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI), the largest hotel in the state. A Westin Hotel is currently being constructed in the entertainment district of downtown Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI) and is scheduled to open January 2013.
  • The historic Carver Theatre, home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, offers concerts, plays, jazz classes (free to any resident of the state of Alabama) and many other events in the Historic 4th Avenue District, near the Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) Civil Rights Institute.
  • The Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Public Library presents programs for children and adults.
  • Boutwell Auditorium (formerly Municipal Auditorium) is located at Linn Park.
  • The Verizon Wireless Music Center, formerly Oak Mountain Amphitheater, is a large outdoor venue with two stages. It is located in Pelham.

Other entertainment venues in the area include:

  • Fair Park Arena, on the west side of town, hosts sporting events, local concerts and community programs.
  • Workplay located in the Southside community, is a multi-purpose facility with offices, audio and film production space, a lounge, and a theater and concert stage for visiting artists and film screenings.
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI), was named one of TIME magazines "Film Festivals for the Rest of Us" in their June 5, 2006 issue.
  • The Wright Center Concert Hall at Samford University is home to the Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) Ballet

Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s nightlife is primarily clustered around Five Points South and Lakeview, but an additional $55-million entertainment district has been approved for an area adjacent to the BJCC.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) maintains Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI)365.org, "a one-stop source for finding out what's going on where around" Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI).

Attractions, events, and recreation

Museums

Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI) is home to several museums. The largest is the Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) Museum of Art, which is also the largest municipal art museum in the Southeast. The area's history museums includes Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) Civil Rights Institute, which houses a detailed and emotionally-charged narrative exhibit putting Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI)'s history into the context of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It is located on Kelly Ingram Park adjacent to the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Other history museums include the Southern Museum of Flight, Bessemer (Bessemer, Michigan Relocation Company) Hall of History Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Alabama Museum of Health Sciences, and the Arlington Home.

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is housed in the historic Carver Theatre, and offers exhibits about the numerous notable jazz musicians from the state of Alabama.

The McWane Science Center is a regional science museum with hands-on science exhibits, temporary exhibitions, and an IMAX dome theater. The center also houses a major collection of fossil specimens for use by researchers. Other unique museums include the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, with the largest collection of motorcycles in the world, the Iron & Steel Museum of Alabama at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near McCalla, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and the Talladega Superspeedway International Motorsports Hall of Fame museum.

South of downtown on Red Mountain, Vulcan (Vulcan, MI Moving Companies) Park features the world's largest cast iron statue, depicting Vulcan (Vulcan, MI Relocation Companies) at his forge. It was cast for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, and erected at Vulcan (Vulcan, Michigan Moving Reviews) Park in 1938.

Festivals

The Sloss Furnaces

Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is home to numerous cultural festivals showcasing music, films, and regional heritage. Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival brings filmmakers from all over the world to Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) to have their films viewed and judged. This festival usually is scheduled in late August at eight venues around downtown. Screenings are concentrated at the Alabama Theatre.

Another musical festival is the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, presented at the end of August each year, concurrent with the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. This all day festival features national and local jazz acts. In 2007, the festival drew an estimated 6,000 people. The Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) Folk Festival is an annual event held since 2006. It moved to Avondale Park in 2008. In 2009 the festival featured nine local bands and three touring "headliner bands."

Joe Minter's African Village in America is a half-acre visionary art environment near downtown Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI).

The Southern Heritage Festival began in the 1960s as a music, arts, and entertainment festival for the African-American community to attract mostly younger demographics. Do Dah Day is an annual pet parade held around the end of May. The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil, an annual music festival event held in May to benefit local charities, always includes an all-star cast of talent. It typically draws more than 30,000 spectators for the annual two-day event. The annual Greek Festival, a celebration of Greek heritage, culture, and especially cuisine, is a charity fundraiser hosted by the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity - Holy Cross Cathedral. The Greek Festival draws 20,000 patrons annually. The Lebanese Food Festival is held at St. Elias Maronite Church. Magic City Brewfest is an annual festival benefiting local grassroots organization, Free the Hops, and focusing on craft beer. Alabama Bound is an annual book and author fair that celebrates Alabama authors and publishers. Hosted by the Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) Public Library, it is an occasion when fans may meet their favorite authors, buy their books, and hear them read from and talk about their work. Book signings follow each presentation.

Other attractions

Vulcan (Vulcan, MI Moving) on top of Red Mountain in Vulcan (Vulcan, Michigan Moving Reviews) Park

The Vulcan statue is a cast iron representation of the Roman god of fire, iron, and blacksmiths that is the symbol of Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI). The statue stands high above the city looking down from a tower at the top of Red Mountain. Open to visitors, the tower offers views of the city below. The Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Zoo is a large regional zoo with more than 700 animals and a recently opened interactive children's zoo.

The Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) Botanical Gardens is a 67 acre (270,000 m²) park displaying a wide variety of plants in interpretive gardens, including formal rose gardens, tropical greenhouses, and a large Japanese Garden. The facility also includes a white-tablecloth restaurant, meeting rooms, and an extensive reference library. It is complemented by Hoover's 30-acre (120,000 m2) Aldridge Botanical Gardens, an ambitious project open since 2002. Aldridge offers a place to stroll, but is to add unique displays in coming years. Splash Adventure (formerly VisionLand and Alabama Adventure) in Bessemer serves as the Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) area's water park, featuring numerous slides and water-themed attractions.

Kelly Ingram Park, site of notable civil rights protests and adjacent to historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Railroad Park opened in 2010 in downtown Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI)'s Railroad Reservation District. Oak Mountain State Park is about 10 miles (16 km) south of Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI). Red Mountain is one of the southernmost wrinkles in the Appalachian chain, and a scenic drive to the top provides views reminiscent of the Great Smoky Mountains further north. To the west of the city is located Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, a 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) Civil War site which includes the well-preserved ruins of the Tannehill Iron Furnaces and the John Wesley Hall Grist Mill.

The Summit is an upscale lifestyle center with many stores and restaurants. It is located in Southeast Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI) off of U.S. Highway 280, parallel to Interstate 459. Its anchor tenants are Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue and The North Face.

Sports

Regions Field is the home of the Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Barons baseball team.
  • Birmingham (Get Movers Prices for Birmingham, MI) has no major professional sport franchises. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI) (UAB Blazers) has a popular basketball program and a young football program which is growing in popularity. The Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) area is home to the Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) Barons, the AA minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, which plays at Regions Field in the Southside adjacent to Railroad Park. The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in the suburb of Hoover is home to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament which drew more than 108,000 spectators in 2006. There is also an amateur soccer association, known as La Liga. The Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) area also hosts the Alabama Alliance basketball and Tragic City Rollers roller derby teams.
  • March 6–8, 2009 Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) hosted the U.S.A vs. Switzerland first round tie of the Davis Cup. In which, U.S. won 4–1.
  • Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) was home to the Black Barons, a very successful Negro League team. The Black Barons played home games at Rickwood Field, which is still standing in the Rising-West Princeton neighborhood, and is verified as being the oldest baseball field in America.
  • The city is notable for having multiple pro football franchises with all of the football franchises from Birmingham (Get Relocation Quote for Birmingham, MI) folding. This included a two-time champion WFL franchise, the Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Americans/Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) Vulcans—before the league folded. A USFL franchise, the Birmingham (Get Move Quote for Birmingham, MI) Stallions–once again the league folded. A WLAF franchise, the Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) Fire–the WLAF was renamed NFL Europa and the franchise became the Rhein Fire before the league folded altogether in 2007. A CFL franchise, the Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Barracudas— would play one season and then fold as the league ended its American franchise experiment. An XFL franchise, the Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) Thunderbolts–another instance where the league folded.
  • Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s Legion Field has hosted several college football postseason bowl games, including the Dixie Bowl (1948–49), the Hall of Fame Classic (1977–85), the All-American Bowl (1986–90), the SEC Championship Game (1992–93), the SWAC Championship Game (1999–present), and, most recently, the BBVA Compass Bowl (formerly the papajohns.com Bowl 2006–present).
  • The Southeastern Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference and Gulf South Conference are headquartered in Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI).
  • In 1996 Legion Field hosted early rounds of Olympic soccer where it drew record crowds. The field has also hosted men's and women's World Cup qualifiers and friendlies. A recent switch from natural grass to an artificial surface has left the stadium's role as a soccer venue in doubt.
  • Motorsports are very popular in the Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) area and across the state, and the area is home to numerous annual motorsport races. the Aaron's 499 & AMP Energy 500 are NASCAR Sprint Cup races that occur in April and October at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama shares the Barber Motorsports Park road course with Superbike and sports car GrandAm races.
  • The PGA Champions Tour has had a regular stop in the Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) area since 1992, with the founding of the Bruno's Memorial Classic, later renamed the Regions Charity Classic. In 2011 the tournament will be replaced by The Tradition, one of the Champions Tour's five "major" tour events.
  • Birmingham (Get Move Cost for Birmingham, MI) was also a home of professional ice hockey teams. The Birmingham (Get Move Prices for Birmingham, MI) Bulls were a professional ice hockey team based in Birmingham (Get Moving Prices for Birmingham, MI), Alabama, USA. They played in the World Hockey Association from 1976 to 1979 and the Central Hockey League from 1979 to 1981. The Bulls played their home games at the Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Jefferson Convention Center. In 1992, another Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) hockey franchise was founded that used the Bulls name, the Birmingham (Get Relocation Cost for Birmingham, MI) Bulls of the East Coast Hockey League. This franchise was later sold to Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Recreational fishing is also immensely popular in the Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) area. Fish have been caught in 14 separate Alabama lakes which would be state records in 35 other states. Recently, Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI) was named "Bass Capital of the World" by ESPN and Bassmaster magazine. Over the last several years, Birmingham (Get Moving Quote for Birmingham, MI) has been home to numerous major fishing tournaments, including the Bass Masters Classic. Some of the more popular recreational lakes around Birmingham (Get Moves Estimate for Birmingham, MI) include: Smith Lake, Lay Lake, Lake Neely Henry, Lake Logan Martin, Lake Purdy, and Bankhead Reservoir.
  • The U.S. Paralympic Training Facility is located in Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) and was a primary filming location for the 2005 documentary film Murderball, about wheelchair rugby players.
  • Road running events such as the Vulcan (Vulcan, Michigan Moving Company) 10K Run and Mercedes Marathon/Half Marathon are popular for both locals and out-of-state runners.
  • Cycling (both mountain biking and road) is popular in the area. Nearby Oak Mountain State Park annually hosts the Bump N' Grind mountain bike (1995–present) race and the Xterra Southeast Championship triathlon as well as other endurance competitions.

Venues

  • BJCC Arena
  • Bartow Arena
  • Boutwell Auditorium
  • Legion Field
  • Pelham Civic Center
  • Rickwood Field
  • Fair Park Arena
  • Regions Field

Media

Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is served by one major newspaper, The Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) News (circulation 150,346), which changed from daily to thrice-weekly publication on October 1, 2012. The Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI) News' Wednesday edition features six sub regional sections named East, Hoover, North, Shelby, South, and West that cover news stories from those areas. The newspaper has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1991 and 2007. The Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI) Post-Herald, the city's second daily, published its last issue in 2006. Other local publications include The North Jefferson News, The Leeds News, The Trussville Tribune (Trussville, Clay and Pinson), The Western Star (Bessemer (Bessemer, Michigan Moving Reviews)) and The Western Tribune (Bessemer (Bessemer, MI Relocation Company)).

Weld for Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI), Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) Weekly, Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) Free Press and Black & White (published biweekly) are Birmingham (Get Moves Quote for Birmingham, MI)'s free alternative publications. The Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI) Times, a historic African-American newspaper, also is published weekly. Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is served by the city magazine of the Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham (Get Relocation Prices for Birmingham, MI) magazine.

Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is part of the Birmingham (Get Movers Quote for Birmingham, MI)/Anniston/Tuscaloosa television market, which is the nation's 39th largest. The major television affiliates, most of which have their transmitters and studios located on Red Mountain in Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI), are WBRC 6 (Fox), WBIQ 10 (PBS), WVTM 13 (NBC), WTTO 21 (CW), WBMA 33/40 (ABC), WIAT 42 (CBS), WPXH 44 (ION), and WABM 68 (MyNetworkTV).

Over 45 radio stations serve the Birmingham (Get Relocation Estimate for Birmingham, MI) market, which is the nation's 56th largest radio market. Major broadcasting companies who own stations in the Birmingham (Get Moving Cost for Birmingham, MI) market include Clear Channel, Cox Radio, Cumulus Media, and Crawford Broadcasting. The Rick and Bubba show, which is syndicated to over 25 stations primarily in the Southeast, originates from Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI)'s WZZK-FM. The Paul Finebaum sports-talk show, also syndicated and carried nationwide on Sirius digital radio, originated from WJOX.

Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI) is home to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), the world's largest Catholic media outlet and largest religious network of any kind broadcasting to about 150 million homes worldwide, as of 2009.

See also List of television stations in Alabama
See also List of radio stations in Alabama

Other

Notable natives

Sister cities

Birmingham (Get Moves Cost for Birmingham, MI)'s Sister Cities program is overseen by the Birmingham (Get Movers Estimate for Birmingham, MI) Sister Cities Commission.

  • Jordan Al Karak, Jordan
  • Ghana Winn (Winn, MI Moving Company)eba, Ghana since November 15, 2009
  • Senegal Guédiawaye, Senegal since 2005
  • Israel Rosh Haayin, Israel (Friendship City) since 2005
  • Japan Maebashi, Japan (Friendship City)
  • China Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (China, Michigan Moving Company) (Friendship City)
  • Guatemala Cobán, Guatemala (Partners for the Americas)

Cultural references

The song "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd contains the line "In Birmingham (Get Moving Estimate for Birmingham, MI) they love the governor".

Randy Newman wrote a song, titled "Birmingham (Get Movers Cost for Birmingham, MI)", about a man living in this city. It was released as a track on his 1974 album Good Old Boys.

Birmingham (Get Move Estimate for Birmingham, MI) is mentioned in "Playboy Mommy" by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos as well as in "Run, baby, run" by American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.

Tracy Lawrence and Ken Mellons each recorded the country song "Paint Me a Birmingham (Get Moves Prices for Birmingham, MI)".

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