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 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 Population20,489
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+10,614
Age of the Population41


% of people married58.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher77.2%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$141,123
% Above Poverty Level96%
% Below Poverty Level4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%


People Living Alone33.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,270
Median House Value$410,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Birmingham Almanac

Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Troy, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City17 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
Standard Zip Codes48009
P.O. Box Zip Codes48012
Phone Area Codes248
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Birmingham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip30 inches
Distance14.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 33 F
Apr Temp39 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip0 inches
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.8 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beverly Hills10,403$129,683
Bingham Farms1,158$134,000
Bloomfield Hills3,956$232,813
Lathrup Village4,137$113,996

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Birmingham Public Libraries

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

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

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