Livability Awards

A+ Birmingham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Birmingham Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Alabama
8119% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Birmingham cost of living
F Birmingham Crime Total crime is 147% higher than Alabama
Total crime
8,226219% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13219% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
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
F Birmingham Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%55% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Birmingham K-12 schools or Birmingham colleges

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%.

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Compare Birmingham, AL Livability To Other Cities

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Birmingham, AL - "Diverse City" USA

I am very grateful for the return of tourists, to our beautiful Birmingham, from the April and September tornadoes that cut a swath through many of our neighborhoods. Birmingham, Alabama is within the Dixie Alley or Tornado Alley and we are buffeted with hurricanes and storms coming mainly off the Gulf Coast. Due to its proximity to the central Gulf Coast, makes Birmingham a city which provides Appalachian mountain activities, the best in dining, world famous entertainers like American Idol, Ruben Studdard who calls Birmingham home and a recent Bob Seger concert, and other special events throughout the year.

Come and join me and my friends for half price bottle and wine Thursdays, at various downtown locations, or free wine tasting Wednesdays, or learn about our environment with daily, nature scope exhibits. The bright lights of Birmingham's nightline city scape, will allow us to parteee' at fun locations as the streets fill with people from all around the world. Birmingham, Alabama offers its visitors antebellum history tours, motorsports parks, museums, zoos, outdoor theatres, river boat tours, theme parks, and much more for family fun and eclectic tastes.

If you visit Birmingham and decide you want to relocate and live in Birmingham or any of its neighboring towns, your decision is a good one. Our nation's President is looking for youthful inspiration to plan for future trips to Mars, well, Birmingham can offer you jobs in the aerospace and aviation industries. Other Birmingham industries have provided employment for my family and will help your family in the telecommunication field, engineering, soft drink industry and more. A real estate app is available for your iPad to view the affordable homes and rentals among our many idiomatic neighborhoods. My Birmingham has gone through many nicknames, whose present title is "Diverse City," but with all the storms that hit us, we always bounce back, so I am campaigning for a new title of "Birmingham - Forever."
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Birmingham, AL City Review

I lived in Birmingham, AL for fifteen years. During that time, I saw the tail-end of its transformation from a bustling industrial town to a commercial center. While Birmingham is not truly a tourist destination, those who happen to be there for family or business reasons can find ways to entertain themselves should they be willing to spend some time in their rental car. Birmingham itself has little to offer, there are only a handful of things to do and attractions to see in Birmingham. The McWayne Science Center and the Art Museum are a few of the better attractions. There are many opportunities for shopping in Birmingham and some pretty good restaurants in the outlying areas.

The suburb of Hoover is home to the Galleria Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the southern United States. It is surrounded by additional malls and shopping facilities, as well as the home of the Birmingham Barons baseball team. An hour to the north is the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center, and within thirty minutes from the airport is the beginning of the Cahaba River. This region is home to the Cahaba Lily, one of the rarest lilies in the world.
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Source: The Birmingham, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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