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.


Total Population 20,382
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,510
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 58.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 77.4%
Median Earnings25+ $71,394
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,882


Median Family Income $139,113
% Above Poverty Level 96.8%
% Below Poverty Level 3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,274
Median House Value $371,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 1%
English 12.7%
Irish 17%

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Berkley 15,136 $88,434
Beverly Hills 10,368 $126,033
Bingham Farms 1,220 $138,864
Bloomfield Hills 3,925 $208,333
Clawson 11,943 $71,417
Lathrup Village 4,109 $98,362

Birmingham Public Libraries

Baldwin Public Library
Birmingham, Michigan
(248) 647-7339
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Birmingham High Schools

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

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