Birmingham 65 Below average
Birmingham Livability #238 ranked city in Alabama#18,381 ranked city in the USARanks better than 37% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Birmingham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Birmingham Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Alabama
8614% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Birmingham cost of living
F Birmingham Crime Total crime is 218% higher than Alabama
Total crime
8,226251% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13251% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Birmingham crime
F Birmingham Employment Household income is 28% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$32,40441% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,79130% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%51% higher than the US average
Birmingham employment
F Birmingham Housing Home value is 32% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$87,10053% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74422% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%27% lower than the US average
Birmingham real estate or Birmingham rentals
D+ Birmingham Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Birmingham K-12 schools
B- Birmingham User Ratings There are a total of 16 ratings in Birmingham
Overall user rating
71% 16 total ratings
User reviews rating
67% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
73% 13 total surveys
all Birmingham poll results

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      Living in Birmingham, AL

      Located in the state of Alabama, Birmingham is a large city with a population of 212,424 residents. With a total of 72%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Birmingham. The next most represented races are 24% White and 1% Asian. Birmingham is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 46% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Living in Birmingham can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Alabama, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Birmingham and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Alabama and national averages.

      With a livability score of 61/100, Birmingham is ranked #22,894 in the United States and #370 in Alabama. For each of the livability categories, we see that Birmingham ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A) and weather (B-). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Birmingham. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Birmingham on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Birmingham Zoo, Vulcan Park and Museum, and McWane Science Center.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Birmingham is actually affordable. The median home price for Birmingham homes is $87,100, which is 32.2% lower than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Birmingham, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 6.9% lower than the Alabama average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Birmingham will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Birmingham, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7%.

      Birmingham transportation information

      Average one way commute21min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.3%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.8%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.2%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.4%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home1.9%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Birmingham, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).