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Birmingham is a city in Shelby County. (The community straddles Jefferson and Shelby counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the English manufacturing city.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Alabama named Birmingham. For links to other places called Birmingham, AL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Birmingham is 33.520N. The longitude is -86.802W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 614 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 236,620.


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Median household income
Local
$26,735
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Birmingham demographic reports
Birmingham is in Jones Valley, at the end of the Appalachians.
Once a major steel city, Birmingham's industrial base has since diversified.

Site of 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, in which four young black girls were killed. Their deaths galvanized the civil rights movement in America. The Rev. Martin Luther King wrote his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in the same year.

Public transportation: Metro Area Express (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3,347. The number of murders and homicides was 85. The violent crime rate was 13.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked among the top 10 cities, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "Borat"
Setting for 1997 Spike Lee film, "4 Little Girls"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 3 in percentage black population (73.5%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Junious (Buck) Buchanan, football player
· Nat King Cole, musician
· Carl Lewis, Olympic medalist
· Emmylou Harris, singer
· Odetta, singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Cakewalk Film Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Alabama Tomato Festival - July 28, 2007
  • Artwalk - Sept. 7-8, 2007
  • Brookside Greenway Festival - March 17, 2007
  • Saint Elias Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival - April 13-14, 2007
  • Juneteenth Culture Fest Weekend - June 1-3, 2007
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Art in the Park - Oct. 27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Birmingham web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Ballet
Birmingham attractions: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo, Robert R. Meyer Planetarium
Sports teams: Barons (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Museum of Art, Red Mountain Museum, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, McWane Center, Southern Museum of Flight
Colleges and universities: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham Southern College, Miles College, Samford University, Southeastern Bible College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 135
Quotes:
Birmingham is a new city in an old land.
-- Stars Fell on Alabama
Carl Carmer

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Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Birmingham demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Shelby County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Birmingham-Hoover area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35204 ZIP code.

Birmingham, AL locator map
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Ancestry & family history

3% of Birmingham residents report German ancestry, and 3% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Birmingham ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Birmingham was $15,663, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Birmingham residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Birmingham festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Birmingham include Anderson Place Historic District, Automotive Historic District, Belview Heights Historic District, Chestnut Hill Historic District, Continental Gin Company, Downtown Birmingham Historic District, Downtown Birmingham Retail and Theatre Historic District, Five Points South Historic District, Forest Park, Fourth Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Birmingham, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $343.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $730.


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Libraries

Libraries in Birmingham include Avondale Branch Library, Birmingham Public Library, East Ensley Branch Library, East Lake Branch Library, Eastwood Branch, Ensley Branch, Five Points West Library, Inglenook Branch Library, McCoy Literacy Library, North Avondale Resource Center ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Birmingham include Birmingham News, Birmingham Post-Herald, Birmingham Times

TV stations in Birmingham include WABM, WBIQ, WBRC, WBXA-CA, WIAT, WVTM.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBHM.

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Politics

Shelby County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Birmingham political report.

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Restaurants

Birmingham restaurants taking online reservations include Copper Grill - Birmingham, Highlands Bar & Grill, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Birmingham, Shula's Steak House - Birmingham ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Birmingham workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 116 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Birmingham between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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