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Overview of Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Birmingham is the largest city in the US state of Alabama. The population of the city is 229,424 according to the 2006 estimate. Over the course of the 20th century, the city's economy diversified. Though the manufacturing industry maintains a strong presence in Birmingham, other industries such as banking, insurance, medicine, publishing, and biotechnology have risen. Birmingham has been recognized as one of the top cities for income growth in the Southern United States with a significant increase in per capita income since 1990. Today, Birmingham ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States and is also one of the largest banking centers in the U.S. The Birmingham area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial and five Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Birmingham as well.

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  • Population: 229,424
  • Population Density: 1510/mi²
  • Area: 151.9 /mi²
  • Latitude: 33.524755
  • Longitude: -86.81274
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 614 ft
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Language: English
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History of Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham received national and international attention as a center of the civil rights struggle for African-Americans. The city was given the derisive nickname Bombingham because of a string of racially motivated bombings that took place during this time. During April and May of 1963 daily sit-ins and mass marches were met with police repression, tear gas, attack dogs, and arrests. More than 3,000 people were arrested during these protests. These protests were ultimately successful, leading not only to desegregation of public accommodations in Birmingham but also the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the 1970's urban renewal efforts focused around the development of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which developed into a major medical and research center.

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Birmingham's Demographics

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Birmingham's Climate

Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. The spring and fall months are pleasant but variable as cold fronts frequently bring strong to severe thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes to the region. The fall season features less rainfall and fewer storms, as well as lower humidity than the spring, but it is also a secondary severe weather season. Birmingham is located on the heart of a tornado alley known as the Dixie Alley due to the frequency of tornadoes in Central Alabama.

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Education in Birmingham, Alabama

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Transportation around Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is served by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority through the Metro Area Express (MAX) bus system. Birmingham is served by Birmingham International Airport which serves more than 3 million passengers every year. Birmingham is also served by three major freight railroads. Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) all have major classification yards in the metro area.

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Tourism and Attractions of Birmingham

Birmingham is home to several museums. The largest being the Birmingham Museum of Art. The McWane Science Center in Birmingham is a regional science museum with hands-on science exhibits, temporary exhibitions, and an IMAX dome theater.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Birmingham
  • Argo
  • Center Point
  • Chalkville
  • Fultondale
  • Gardendale
  • Graysville
  • Kimberly
  • Majestic
  • Moody
  • Morris
  • Mount Olive
  • Palmerdale Clay
  • Pinson
  • Sayre
  • Tarrant
  • Tussville
  • Village Sprs

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Geography of Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham occupies Jones Valley, flanked by long parallel mountain ridges running from north-east to south-west. The valley is drained by small creeks which flow into the Black Warrior River. Red Mountain lies immediately south of downtown. Sand Mountain, a smaller ridge, flanks the city to the north and divides Jones Valley from much more rugged land to the north. Ruffner Mountain, located due east of the heart of the city.

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Birmingham's Government

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Birmingham's Economy and Industry

Birmingham is a leading banking center, serving as home to two major banks: Regions Financial Corporation and Compass Bancshares. The city still has major operations as one of the regional headquarters of Wachovia as well. Nearly a dozen smaller banks are also headquartered in the Magic City, such as Superior Bank and New South Federal Savings Bank. Telecommunications provider AT&T has a major presence with several large offices in the metropolitan area. Major insurance providers like Protective Life, Infinity Property & Casualty and ProAssurance, are headquartered in Birmingham and employ a large number of people in Greater Birmingham. The city is also a powerhouse of construction and engineering companies. Metropolitan Birmingham has consistently been rated as one of America's best places to work and earn a living based on the area's competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses.

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Birmingham's Culture and Significant Events

Birmingham is home to numerous cultural festivals that feature music, films, and regional heritage.

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Sports in Birmingham, Alabama

Though Birmingham has no major professional sport franchises presently, there is a very strong fan base for collegiate sports – primarily the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams. Motorsports are very popular in the Birmingham area and across the state, and the area is home to numerous annual motorsport races. Recreational fishing is also immensely popular in the Birmingham area. Cycling (both mountain biking and road) is popular in the area.

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Media of Birmingham

Birmingham is served by one daily newspaper The Birmingham News. Birmingham Weekly, Birmingham Free Press and Black & White (published biweekly) are Birmingham's free alternative publications. The Birmingham Times, a historic African-American newspaper, also is published weekly. Over 45 AM & FM radio stations serve the Birmingham market.

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