Income/capita 30%
Household income 41%
Unemployment 51%
Income per capita$20,791$24,736$29,829
Median household income$32,404$44,758$55,322
Median income owner occupied$45,369$55,873$70,586
Median income renter occupied$22,983$25,999$35,192
Median earnings male$25,956$34,323$36,919
Median earnings female$21,707$22,614$26,250
Unemployment rate7.0%4.8%4.7%
Poverty level29.4%18.4%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Birmingham is 30% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Birmingham is 41% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Birmingham is 51% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Birmingham is 95% higher than the national average

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      Birmingham employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.0%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector13.1%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services3.4%7.3%
      Wholesale & retail services15.4%11.8%
      Public administration3.5%4.5%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.9%3.3%
      Education, health & social services14.7%37.9%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Highland Lakes, AL4,860$134,315143%
      Mountain Brook, AL20,532$129,777135%
      Shoal Creek, AL1,448$126,597129%
      Indian Springs Village, AL2,529$100,07881%
      Vestavia Hills, AL34,243$93,17868%
      Birmingham, AL212,424$32,40441%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Spokane, WA212,078$43,27422%
      Des Moines, IA212,859$48,08813%
      Rochester, NY210,291$31,68443%
      San Bernardino, CA214,581$38,45630%
      Modesto, CA208,512$50,9968%
      Birmingham, AL212,424$32,40441%
      Source: The Birmingham, AL employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).