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%.
|Average one way commute||22min||24min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||85.9%||82.5%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||4.5%||8.8%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||0.2%||1.4%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.0%||0.5%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||1.6%||2.2%||2.8%|
|Working from home||7.5%||3.7%||4.6%|
|Airports (within 30 miles of city center)||0 (1)||12||354|
|Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)||1 (6)||36||711|