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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.
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.
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 35203 ZIP code.
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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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Birmingham was $15,663, compared with $21,587 nationally.
19% of Birmingham residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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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
Median rent in Birmingham, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $343. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $730.
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
TV stations in Birmingham include WABM, WBIQ, WBRC, WBXA-CA, WIAT, WVTM.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBHM.
Shelby County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Birmingham political report.
Birmingham restaurants taking online reservations include Copper Grill - Birmingham, Highlands Bar & Grill, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Birmingham, Shula's Steak House - Birmingham ... View restaurants
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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