Believe it or not, Coca-Cola and Pepsi agree on something: that Birmingham is a good place to bottle their beverages.
The Alabama city is home to both the Buffalo Rock Company, which bottles Pepsi products, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company United. The city is also home to more people, and a lot of those people are moving in from other places.
Birmingham’s population has grown a little recently, but over the last several years, the city has attracted more than 30,000 new residents from other places.
Specifically, between July 2015 and July 2016, the Birmingham metro area’s population went from 1,144,857 to 1,147,417, a slight .22 percent rise, according to the latest census data.
During that time, the population of Jefferson County, where Birmingham is located, also remained nearly steady, going from 660,007 to 659,521, a tiny .07 percent decline. (The metro area includes seven counties, including Jefferson, Shelby and others. Also, some of the city of Birmingham falls into Shelby County, but the majority of it is located in Jefferson County.)
Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Birmingham:
Movers outside of Alabama:
1. Fulton County, GA (Atlanta)
2. St. Johns County, FL (St. Augustine)
3. Alachua County, FL (Gainesville) (tie)
4. Brevard County, FL (Palm Bay) (tie)
5. Harris County, TX (Houston)
Movers from Alabama:
1. Shelby County
2. Tuscaloosa County
3. St. Clair County
4. Blount County
5. Madison County
U.S. Census Bureau
Buffalo Rock Company
Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc