Moving to Birmingham, AL

Thinking about moving to Birmingham?

You’re in luck. Birmingham is in the middle of a renaissance, with new restaurants, bars and breweries emerging all over the city.

Living

Birmingham is home to 212,157 Birminghamians. With an area of 146.1 square miles, Birmingham has a population density of 1,452 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 1,147,417 people, of which Birmingham proper’s population makes up 18%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Birmingham has going for it. The median home value in Birmingham is $62,600, -69% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Birmingham is $50. Over the past 5 years, home values in Birmingham have increased by 1%.

Renters in Birmingham will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Birmingham is $750 per month, which is 48% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Birmingham have decreased by 0.8%.

Economy

The Birmingham area economy is growing strong. The Birmingham metro area’s GDP grew by 15% between 2011 and 2016, from $54.4 billion in 2011 to $62.7 billion in 2016, a total increase of $8.3 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $54,695. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Birmingham is $49,260, 17% lower than the national median. Birmingham’s unemployment rate is 4.7%.

Weather

The average annual temperature in Birmingham is 63 degrees. The average annual low temperature is 53 degrees, while the average annual high is 74 degrees. Birmingham’s hottest month is July, during which the average high temperature is 91 degrees, while the coldest month is January, when the average low drops down to 34 degrees.

Birmingham sees an average rainfall of 54 inches per year. March is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 5.24 inches, while October is the dryest month, with an average rainfall of 3.43 inches.

Crime

Birmingham has an annual violent crime rate of violent crimes per 1,000 residents, which is lower than the national median of 3.8 in 1,000. Its property crime rate is crimes per 1,000 residents a year, which is lower than the national average of 26.

Traffic & Transportation

Ask anyone who lives in Birmingham what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Birmingham spends 16.8 hours in traffic each year, with about 5% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Walk Score gives Birmingham a 35 walk score, a 25 transit score, and a 29 bike score.

Cost of Living

Birmingham is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Birmingham has a regional price parity of 97.2, -11.2% below the average for US metro areas.

Demographics

The median age in Birmingham is 37.9 years. 48.2% of the population in the Birmingham metro area is male, while 51.8% is female. 4.1% of the metro population is foreign born.

In terms of racial demographics, Birmingham is 22% Non-Hispanic White, 4% Hispanic, 73% Black, and 1% Asian.

87% of those over the age of 25 in Birmingham have a high school diploma, a lower rate than nationally. 25% of those over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, which is lower than the national rate. 9% of residents have an advanced or professional degree.

In the 2016 presidential election, 44% of Birmingham voters voted for the Republican nominee, while 52% voted for the Democratic nominee.

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