Birmingham : Alabama

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What it's Like to Retire in Birmingham

The largest city in Alabama,  named for one of the major industrial cities of the United Kingdom, Birmingham, Alabama has been nicknamed The Magic City. Until the end of the 1960s, Birmingham was one of the South's primary industrial centers, producing iron and steel as a major component of the railroad industry. Now, manufacturing is no longer quite as important, but Birmingham today ranks as one of the most prominent business centers in the Southeastern United States. It is also a bustling hub for the banking industry. Regions Financial, a Fortune 500 company, calls Birmingham home, along with five Fortune 1000 companies.

Birmingham is also a lively college town, home to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and Samford University, among many others.  It serves as headquarters for the Southeastern Conference, a major collegiate athletic conference; Birmingham's college sports are therefore a large part of the city's bustling culture.

Of cities over a million, Birmingham has the second highest concentration of Christians, and the greatest ratio of Protestants, in the US.  Picture of Birmingham Skyline at Night courtesy of Wikipedia and Amcannally; picture of Birmingham Baptist Church, a histoic landmark, courtesy of Wikipedia and John Morse.

 

Where to Retire in Birmingham and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in Birmingham; see link at top right.

According to the National Association or Realtors the median sale price of a home in Birmingham-Hoover in the second quarter of 2015 was $190,400, up from the $170,300 median sale price in the second quarter of the previous year .

 

What is special about Birmingham

Birmingham is the cultural center and entertainment capital of Alabama offering ballet, opera, museums and many festivals;  Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Southeast;  Birmingham's Childrens Theatre is one of the largest and oldest children's theatre in the country; Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located here with concerts, plays and jazz classes;  Downtown Birmingham is going through a cultural and economic rejuvenation with new shops, parks, and restaurants.

 

What is not special about Birmingham

Crime in Birmingham is the tength highest in the country and is oftentimes ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.  Birmingham's 10% sales tax rate is the highest of the nation's 100 largest cities.

 

Who will like retirement in Birmingham

Retirees who looking for a college town and a below average cost of living.

 

Local economy is driven by

Banking, construction, engineering and insurance companies, soft drink bottlers

 

Climate and Physical Environment

 

Birmingham is flanked by long parallel mountain ridges, including  the tailing ends of the Appalachian foothills and Ruffner Mountain, which is home to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, one of the largest urban nature reserves in the United States.  Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. January temperatures are in low to mid 50’s, with  July temperatures in the low 90’s.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Birmingham is the cultural capital of Alabama, packed with museums and art galleries. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Concert Chorale, Opera Birmingham and Birmingham Ballet are among the cultural offerings, as well as historic film theaters, jazz theaters, and a large ampitheater.

 

Crime

Crime in Birmingham is one of the highest in the country.

 

Medical facilities

Birmingham has several medical facilities including Birmingham VA Medical Center and the University of Alabama Hospital.

 

Transportation

Birmingham has four major highways that service it along with Amtrak and the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.  When compared to other cities, Birmingham is below average in walkability.

 

Valuable Links

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham on Wikipedia

 

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Facts about BIRMINGHAM
  • State: AL
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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