Birmingham, Michigan

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Birmingham, Michigan

Introduction to Birmingham, Michigan

Birmingham, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 5 miles SW of Troy, Michigan and 17 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.The city is considered part of the Detroit metropolitan area. Birmingham has a population of 19,291.

Birmingham History

The city of Birmingham was originally a part of the 1807 Treaty of Detroit, through which Native American tribes ceded the land that currently makes up Southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio to the United States government. The area was first settled by Europeans in 1819. It was incorporated as a village in the year 1864. In 1933, Birmingham was reincorporated as a city. It was named after Birmingham, England.

Birmingham and nearby Attractions

  • Artspace II
  • Hunter House Museum
  • Troy Museum & Historic Village
  • Ferndale Historical Museum
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Dodge 4 State Park

Things To Do In Birmingham

Birmingham offers a number of parks that come with several amenities such as sledding hills, baseball diamonds, golf courses, nature trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. You can also enjoy summer music concerts, village fairs and art shows at the Shain Park. In addition, Birmingham includes several art galleries and museums such as Robert Kidd Gallery, Cowboy Trader Gallery, David Klein Gallery, Artspace II and the Hunter House Museum.

Birmingham Transportation

Air transportation is available from Oakland County International Airport.

Birmingham Higher Education

Birmingham Bible Institute, Oakland Community College - Bloomfield Hills Campus, University of Phoenix - Detroit Campus, Schoolcraft College, Lawrence Technological University and Oakland University provide higher educational facilities to the residents of Birmingham.

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High Points

Birmingham strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Birmingham Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Birmingham Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Birmingham College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Birmingham Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Birmingham People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Birmingham Low Rate of Poverty
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Birmingham Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Birmingham, Michigan

Comparing Birmingham to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Senior Citizens 5 5
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Short Commute Times 5 5
Public Transportation Use 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
Housing Recently Built 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 9
Low Property Crime 7 6

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Birmingham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Troy, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48009
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48012
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.546
Longitude -83.211

Birmingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
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Birmingham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,291 100%
Male 9,218 47.8%
Female 10,073 52.2%
Under 18 4,094 21.2%
18+ 15,197 78.8%
65+ 2,700 14%
Median Age 39.3
Average Family Size 2.85
White 18,545 96.1%
African-American 175 0.9%
Asian 290 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 28 0.1%
Other 36 0.2%
Mixed Race 210 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 230 1.2%

Estimated Birmingham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,081
Growth -210
Growth % -1.1%

Birmingham Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 15.6%
English 12.6%
Irish 12.3%
Polish 7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.2%
Italian 6.2%
US/American 4.8%
Scottish 4.6%
Russian 3.4%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Dutch 1.3%
Hungarian 1.2%
Eastern European 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
European 1.2%
Swedish 1.2%
Armenian 1.2%
French Canadian 1%
Lebanese 1%
Norwegian 1%
Welsh 0.9%
Canadian 0.9%
British 0.9%
Albanian 0.7%
Finnish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Australian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Slovene 0.2%
Maltese 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Birmingham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bham (48009, 48012)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Birmingham 19,291 $110,627
Berkley 15,531 $66,968
Beverly Hills 10,437 $102,223
Bingham Farms 1,030 $138,806
Bloomfield Hills 3,940 $200,001
Clawson 12,732 $64,684
Lathrup Village 4,236 $98,213

Birmingham Public Libraries

Baldwin Public Library
Birmingham, Michigan
(248) 647-7339
Library Web Site

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Birmingham High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 44.2

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