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Overview

Introduction to Birmingham, Alabama

Incorporated in 1871, Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The metropolitan area includes Cullman and Hoover. Birmingham is located in the north central part of the state, 220 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, and 140 miles west of Atlanta, GA.

For Birmingham, geology was destiny. The main raw materials needed to make steel are iron ore, limestone, and coal. Seldom do all three occur close together in large quantities, as they do here. Add the planned intersection of two railroads, and a steel making city was born. Although manufacturing is still a force, the area has since diversified into industries such as finance, health care, and the beginnings of biotech. In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the historic "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

In 2004 Birmingham was named one of the Most Livable Mid-Size Cities by Partners for Livable Communities. In 1990 it was one of the Finalist Communities for the "All-America City Award" given by the National Civic League.

Precipitation in Birmingham is about 54 inches per year. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of 57 days a year. July average daily high and low temperatures are 90.6 and 69.7 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 52.8 and 32.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Birmingham include:

  • Regions Financial
  • Saks
  • AmSouth Bancorp
  • Vulcan Materials
  • Torchmark
  • Compass Bancshares
  • Protective Life

Arts and Leisure

Birmingham cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:

  • The Birmingham Museum of Art
  • The Birmingham Summerfest, Inc.
  • The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra
  • The Magic City Blues Society
  • The Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  • The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  • The Alabama Ballet
  • The Virginia Samford Theatre
  • The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences
  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • The Oak Mountain State Park
  • The Sloss Blast Furnace Site
  • The Quinlan Castle

Birmingham sports teams include:

  • The Birmingham Barons, a Double-A Southern League baseball club affiliated with the Chicago White Sox
  • The Birmingham Magicians of the American Basketball Association
  • The Birmingham Steeldogs of the Arena Football League

Demographics

People

Total Population212,424
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+89,299
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married27.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25%
Median Earnings25+$27,317
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,105
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,705

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,455
% Above Poverty Level70.6%
% Below Poverty Level29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone40.4%
Median Gross Rent$744
Median House Value$87,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)68.1%
Irish3.5%
German3.3%
English3.1%
African3%
Scottish1%
Italian0.9%
French Except Basque0.8%
Arab0.4%
Polish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Russian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
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Birmingham Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County, Shelby County
Standard Zip Codes35203, 35204, 35205, 35206, 35207, 35208, 35211, 35212, 35217, 35221, 35222, 35224, 35233, 35234, 35214, 35218, 35228, 35209, 35210, 35215, 35235, 35244, 35213, 35223, 35216, 35226, 35242, 35243
P.O. Box Zip Codes35201, 35202, 35231, 35232, 35237, 35238, 35255, 35260, 35261, 35283, 35236, 35219, 35220, 35259, 35253, 35266
Company Zip Codes35229, 35246, 35249, 35254, 35282, 35285, 35287, 35288, 35290, 35291, 35292, 35293, 35294, 35295, 35296, 35297, 35298, 35270
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.52
Approximate Longitude-86.79

Birmingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationBIRMINGHAM INTL AP
Distance4.4 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip53.9 inches
StationPINSON
Distance13.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 92 F
Oct Temp47 to 75 F
Annual Precip54.4 inches
StationBESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp31 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 94 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip59.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fairfield10,937$40,750
Homewood25,652$92,266
Irondale12,388$54,279
Mountain Brook20,532$154,313
Tarrant6,271$29,556
Vestavia Hills34,243$124,620

Birmingham Public Libraries

Birmingham Public Library
2100 PARK PLACE
Birmingham, Alabama
(205) 226-3610
North Shelby Library
5521 CAHABA VALLEY ROAD
Birmingham, Alabama
(205) 439-5555
Jefferson County Library Cooperative
2100 PARK PLACE
Birmingham, Alabama
(205) 226-3615

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Birmingham Hospitals

Children's Hospital Of Alabama
(Non-profit)
1600 Seventh Avenue, South
(205) 638-9100
Baptist Medical Center - Princeton
(Non-profit)
701 Princeton Avenue, S.w.
(205) 715-5309
Callahan Eye Hospital
(Government - State)
1720 University Boulevard
(205) 325-8100
Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services
(Proprietary)
6869 Fifth Avenue, South
(205) 833-9000
Healthsouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
3800 Ridgeway Drive
(205) 868-2000
St. Vincent's Birmingham
(Non-profit)
810 St. Vincent's Drive
(205) 939-7000
St. Vincent's East
(Non-profit)
50 Medical Park East Drive
(205) 838-3000
Brookwood Medical Center
(Proprietary)
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
(205) 877-1000
Noland Hospital Birmingham
(Non-profit)
50 Medical Park East Drive
(205) 838-5100
Select Specialty Hospital-birmingham
(Proprietary)
800 Montclair Road
(717) 975-4503
Va Medical Center - Birmingham
(Government - Federal)
700 S 19th St S
University Of Alabama Hospital
(Government - State)
619 South 19th Street
(205) 934-4444

Birmingham Public Schools

Phillips Acad
2316 7th Avenue North
ZIP: 35203
Primary
Total Enrollment 750
Engle Day Treatment
2015 Park Place N
ZIP: 35203
Primary
Alabama School Of Fine Arts
1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Blvd
ZIP: 35203
High
Homebound High Sch
2015 Park Place N
ZIP: 35203
High
Workshop Incorporate
2015 Park Place N
ZIP: 35203
High
Adolescent Day Treatment
2015 Park Place N
ZIP: 35203
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Homebound Elem Sch
2015 Park Place
ZIP: 35203
Primary
Tuggle Elem Sch
412 12th Ct N
ZIP: 35204
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Parker High Sch
400 Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
ZIP: 35204
High
Total Enrollment 830
Family Court High Sch
120 2nd Court N
ZIP: 35204
High
Total Enrollment 12
Wilkerson Middle Sch
116 11th Ct W
ZIP: 35204
Middle
Total Enrollment 299
Hill Elem Sch
507 3rd St N
ZIP: 35204
Family Court Elem Sch
120 2nd Court N
ZIP: 35204
Primary
Wilson Elem Sch
1030 4th Terr W
ZIP: 35204
Glen Iris Elem Sch
1115 11th Street South
ZIP: 35205
Primary
Total Enrollment 847
Ctr Street Middle
1832 Center Way South
ZIP: 35205
Washington Elem Sch
115 Fourth Avenue South
ZIP: 35205
Primary
Total Enrollment 664
Epic Sch
1000 10th Ave S
ZIP: 35205
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Bush Middle Sch-magnet
1832 Center Way S
ZIP: 35205
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Ramsay High Sch
1800 13th Ave S
ZIP: 35205
High
Total Enrollment 856
Mcneel Sch - Vacca Campus
8950 Roebuck Blvd
ZIP: 35206
High
Christian Alt Sch
725 Mountain Dr
ZIP: 35206
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Ossie Ware Mitchell Elem Sch
501 81st Street South
ZIP: 35206
Middle
Total Enrollment 312
Banks Middle School
721 86th St S
ZIP: 35206
Curry Elem Sch
7900 8th Ave N
ZIP: 35206
Robinson Elem Sch
8400 1st Ave S
ZIP: 35206
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Barrett Elem Sch
7601 Division Ave
ZIP: 35206
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Hudson K-eight Sch
3300 F. L. Shuttlesworth Dr.
ZIP: 35207
Primary
Total Enrollment 740
North Birmingham Elem Sch
2620 35th Ave N
ZIP: 35207
Opportunity Center At Riggins
3177 44th Ct N
ZIP: 35207
George Washington Carver High Sch
3900 24th St N
ZIP: 35207
High
Total Enrollment 791
Bush Hills Acad
900 16th Street West
ZIP: 35208
Primary
Total Enrollment 487
Charles A Brown Elem Sch
4811 Court J
ZIP: 35208
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Glenn Middle Sch
901 16th St W
ZIP: 35208
Princeton Alt Sch
1425 2nd Ave W
ZIP: 35208
Primary
Total Enrollment 240
Central Pk Elem Sch
4915 Ave Q
ZIP: 35208
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
We Putnam Middle Sch-magnet
1757 Montclair Rd
ZIP: 35210
Middle
Total Enrollment 332
Grantswood Comm Elem Sch
5110 Grantswood Rd
ZIP: 35210
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Alabama Clinical School
1221 Alton Dr.
ZIP: 35210
Jackson Elem Sch
1401 16th Way Sw
ZIP: 35211
Robert E Lee Elem Sch
630 18th St Sw
ZIP: 35211
West End High Sch
1840 Pearson Ave
ZIP: 35211
West End Acad
1840 Pearson Avenue Sw
ZIP: 35211
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
N H Price Elem Sch
532 28th St Sw
ZIP: 35211
Powderly Elem Sch
1901 20th Street Sw
ZIP: 35211
Arrington Middle Sch
2101 Jefferson Ave Sw
ZIP: 35211
Middle
Total Enrollment 370
Oxmoor K-5
3600 Sydney Drive
ZIP: 35211
Primary
Total Enrollment 517
Hemphill Elem Sch
714 12th Street S.w.
ZIP: 35211
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Gibson Elem Sch
956 50th St N
ZIP: 35212
Woodlawn High Alt Ctr
5620 1st Ave N
ZIP: 35212
Gate City Elem Sch
6871 6th Court S
ZIP: 35212
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
The Rushton School
5201 Airport Highway
ZIP: 35212
Other
Gateway Sch
5201 Airport Hwy.
ZIP: 35212
High
Woodlawn High Sch-magnet
5620 First Ave N
ZIP: 35212
High
Total Enrollment 787
Woodlawn Middle Alt Ctr
5620 1st Ave N
ZIP: 35212
Kennedy Alternative
4500 14th Ave N
ZIP: 35212
High
Higdon Hill School
6869 5th Ave S
ZIP: 35212
Oliver Elem Sch
6871 6th Ct S
ZIP: 35212
Kingston Kinderg-eighth Grade Sch
801 46th St N
ZIP: 35212
Mcelwain Elem Sch-magnet
4447 Montevallo Rd
ZIP: 35213
Daniel Payne Middle Sch
1500 Daniel Payne Dr
ZIP: 35214
Hillview Elem Sch
1520 Cherry Ave
ZIP: 35214
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
South Hampton Elem
565 Sheridan Rd, Pratt City
ZIP: 35214
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Crumly Chapel Elem Sch
2201 Pershing Rd
ZIP: 35214
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Martha Gaskins Middle Sch
200 Dalton Drive
ZIP: 35215
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Smith Middle Sch
1124 Five Mile Rd
ZIP: 35215
Middle
Total Enrollment 514
Huffman High Sch-magnet
900 Springville Rd
ZIP: 35215
High
Total Enrollment 1313
Ctr Point Elem Sch
4801 Indian Trail
ZIP: 35215
Primary
Total Enrollment 685
North Roebuck Elem Sch
300 Red Lane Rd
ZIP: 35215
Huffman Middle Sch
517 Huffman Rd
ZIP: 35215
Middle
Total Enrollment 359
Robert C Arthur Elem Sch
625 14th Ave Nw
ZIP: 35215
Chalkville Elem Sch
940 Chalkville School Rd
ZIP: 35215
Primary
Total Enrollment 1204
Huffman Acad
1212 Cheyenne Boulevard
ZIP: 35215
Primary
Total Enrollment 774
Sun Valley Elem Sch
1010 18th Ave Nw
ZIP: 35215
Primary
Total Enrollment 601
Fultondale High Sch
1450 Carson Rd N
ZIP: 35217
Other
Total Enrollment 675
Jefferson Co Counseling Learning Ctr
50 Long St
ZIP: 35217
Other
Inglenook Sch
4120 Inglenook Street
ZIP: 35217
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Ensley Middle Alt Ctr
1303 Avenue F
ZIP: 35218
Minor Elem Sch
2425 Ave S,ensley
ZIP: 35218
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Ensley High Alt Ctr
1303 Ave F
ZIP: 35218
Councill Elem Sch
1400 Ave M Ensley
ZIP: 35218
Jackson-olin High Sch
1300 Avenue F Ensley
ZIP: 35218
High
Total Enrollment 1052
Sequoyah Sch - Chalkville Campus
1000 Industrial School Road
ZIP: 35220
High
Wenonah Elem Sch
2000 31st Street, Sw
ZIP: 35221
Middle
Total Enrollment 347
Wenonah High Sch
2800 Wilson Rd Sw
ZIP: 35221
High
Total Enrollment 775
Avondale Elem Sch
4000 8th Ct S
ZIP: 35222
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Hayes High Sch
505 43rd St N
ZIP: 35222
Hayes K-8
505 43rd Street North
ZIP: 35222
Primary
Total Enrollment 837
Whatley Elem Sch
549 43rd St N
ZIP: 35222
Wylam Elem Sch
701 Erie Street
ZIP: 35224
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Minor Comm Sch
3006 Cora Avenue
ZIP: 35224
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Green Acres Middle Sch
1220 67th Street, West
ZIP: 35228
Middle
Total Enrollment 325
Gaston Kinderg-eighth Sch
5400 Oakwood St
ZIP: 35228
Spain Rehab
1717 6th Ave S
ZIP: 35233
Other
City High Sch
417 29th Street South
ZIP: 35233
City Elem
417 29th Street South
ZIP: 35233
Middle
Lewis Elem Sch
2015 26th Ave N
ZIP: 35234
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Ucp Of Greater Birmingham
2430 11th Avenue North
ZIP: 35234
Norwood Elem Sch
3136 Norwood Blvd
ZIP: 35234
Going Elem Sch-magnet
1015 N Martinwood Dr
ZIP: 35235
Oak Mt High Sch
5476 Caldwell Mill Rd
ZIP: 35242
High
Total Enrollment 1631
Allan Cott School
150 Glenwood Ln
ZIP: 35242
Oak Mt Intermediate Sch
5486 Caldwell Mill Rd
ZIP: 35242
Middle
Total Enrollment 720
Inverness Elem Sch
5251 Valleydale Rd
ZIP: 35242
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
Oak Mt Middle Sch
5650 Cahaba Valley Rd
ZIP: 35242
Middle
Total Enrollment 1122
Mt Laurel Elem Sch
1 Jefferson Place
ZIP: 35242
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Allen Cott
150 Glenwood Lane
ZIP: 35242
Glenwood Wilderness
150 Glenwood Lane
ZIP: 35242
Lakeview Day Sch Prog
150 Glenwood Lane
ZIP: 35242
Oak Mt Elem Sch
5640 Cahaba Valley Rd
ZIP: 35242
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
Daniel House
150 Glenwood Lane
ZIP: 35242
Gresham Middle School
2650 Gresham Drive
ZIP: 35243
Gresham Elem Sch
2650 Gresham Drive
ZIP: 35243
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Riverchase Middle School
853 Willow Oak Dr
ZIP: 35244
Middle
Total Enrollment 740
Riverchase Middle Sch
853 Willow Oak Dr
ZIP: 35244

Birmingham Private Schools

Advent Episcopal Day School
2019 6th Ave N
ZIP: 35203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 271
Arlington School
1312 22nd St S
ZIP: 35205
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
Our Lady Of Fatima School
630 1st St S
ZIP: 35205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
St Rose Of Lima School
1401 22nd St S
ZIP: 35205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 173
Central Park Christian Schools
1900 43rd Street Ensley
ZIP: 35208
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 184
John Carroll Catholic High School
300 Lakeshore Pkwy
ZIP: 35209
Secondary
Total Enrollment 624
Creative Montessori School
1650 28th Ct S
ZIP: 35209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 101
Islamic Academy Of Alabama
1810 25th Ct S
ZIP: 35209
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 172
Our Lady Of Sorrows
1720 Oxmoor Rd
ZIP: 35209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 376
Webster Christian School
4700 Highlands Way
ZIP: 35210
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
Miracle Deliverance Temple Learning Academy
28 S Park Rd Sw
ZIP: 35211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Bethel Baptist Church Child Development
1637 Pearson Ave Sw
ZIP: 35211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
New Hope Christian Elementary School
1740 Cleburn Ave Sw
ZIP: 35211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Rushton School
5201 Messer Airport Hwy
ZIP: 35212
Secondary
Total Enrollment 31
Cornerstone Schools Of Alabama
118 55th St N
ZIP: 35212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 224
Canterbury Day School
350 Overbrook Rd
ZIP: 35213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Mcelwain Christian Academy
4445 Montevallo Rd
ZIP: 35213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
St Francis Xavier School
2 Xavier Cir
ZIP: 35213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 210
Trinity School
800 Montclair Rd
ZIP: 35213
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
Ne Miles Jewish Day School
4000 Montclair Rd
ZIP: 35213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
Highlands School
4901 Old Leeds Rd
ZIP: 35213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
Forestdale Baptist
1400 Brisbane Ave
ZIP: 35214
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Our Lady Of Lourdes Kindergarten
980 Huffman Rd
ZIP: 35215
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
The Perfect Place Cc Learning Ctr
1129 Springville Rd
ZIP: 35215
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Winewood Christian School
2974 Winewood Rd
ZIP: 35215
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
Integrity Christian Academy
216 Roebuck Dr
ZIP: 35215
Elementary
Total Enrollment 49
Parkway Christian Academy
959 Huffman Rd
ZIP: 35215
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 264
St Mark United Methodist Kindergarten
2901 Columbiana Rd
ZIP: 35216
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Holy Family Elementary
1916 19th Street Ensley
ZIP: 35218
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
2001 19th Street Ensley
ZIP: 35218
Secondary
Total Enrollment 210
Jesus Christ Christian School
2820 Avenue E
ZIP: 35218
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
The Altamont School
4801 Altamont Rd S
ZIP: 35222
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 314
Alabama Waldorf School
1220 50th St S
ZIP: 35222
Elementary
Total Enrollment 148
Family Sunshine School
1600 7th Ave S
ZIP: 35233
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 290
Mountain View Baptist School
5568 Chalkville Rd
ZIP: 35235
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Hilltop Montessori School
6 Abbott Sq
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
Westminster School At Oak Mountain
5080 Cahaba Valley Trce
ZIP: 35242
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 413
Our Lady Of The Valley School
5510 Double Oak Ln
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 362
Briarwood Christian High School
6522 Caltaba Valley Rd
ZIP: 35242
Secondary
Total Enrollment 588
Briarwood Christian School
6255 Cahaba Valley Rd
ZIP: 35242
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1881
Joseph S Bruno Montessori Academy
5509 Timber Hill Rd
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 145
Primrose School At Meadowbrook
4855 Meadow Brook Rd
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Gods House Kindergarten
4660 Caldwell Mill Rd
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Allan Cott School
150 Glenwood Ln
ZIP: 35242
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Lakeview School
150 Glenwood Ln
ZIP: 35242
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Uab Engel Therapeutic School And Day Treatment
930 20th St S Ste 357
ZIP: 35294
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 13
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