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.