Birmingham 88 Exceptional
Birmingham Livability #36 ranked city in Michigan#446 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Birmingham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Birmingham Cost of Living Cost of living is 50% higher than Michigan
13333% more expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Birmingham cost of living
A+ Birmingham Crime Total crime is 68% lower than Michigan
Total crime
63874% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15774% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Birmingham crime
A Birmingham Employment Household income is 122% higher than Michigan
Median household income
$112,545103% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$75,132152% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%45% lower than the US average
Birmingham employment
C Birmingham Housing Home value is 244% higher than Michigan
Median home value
$439,000138% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,33040% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%19% higher than the US average
Birmingham real estate or Birmingham rentals
A Birmingham Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than Michigan
High school grad. rates
98%19% higher than the US average
School test scores
63%29% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
28:177% higher than the US average
Birmingham K-12 schools
A+ Birmingham User Ratings There are a total of 5 ratings in Birmingham
Overall user rating
91% 5 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
91% 4 total surveys
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      Living in Birmingham, MI

      Located in the state of Michigan, Birmingham is a medium-sized city with a population of 20,653 people. Birmingham has a population density of 4,307 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (91% White). Given that fact, Birmingham could be considered less diverse than other cities. Birmingham is known to be family friendly as more than 85% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 53% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Birmingham could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Michigan if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Birmingham and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Birmingham to Michigan and the national average.

      Birmingham has a livability score of 81/100 and is ranked #50 in Michigan and #1,484 in the USA. Based on this score, Birmingham would be considered a very livable city! This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Birmingham has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A) and employment (A). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Birmingham. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: cost of living (F) and weather (D-).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Birmingham, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Birmingham has a violent crime rate of 47 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Assuming that Birmingham meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Birmingham. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Birmingham are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Birmingham come in at $439,000, which is 243.5% higher than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Birmingham, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 56% higher than the Michigan 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 8.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.6%.

      Birmingham transportation information

      Average one way commute22min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.9%82.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.5%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.2%1.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.6%2.2%2.8%
      Working from home7.5%3.7%4.6%

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