Birmingham-Hoover, AL

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Birmingham-Hoover, AL

About Birmingham-Hoover, AL

Birmingham, AL offers visitors a chance to experience history with sights like Vulcan Park & Museum or explore nature with places like Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Mid-sized city - North-central Alabama, about 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

State: Alabama
County: Jefferson, Shelby, 7 total
Metro Area: Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area
City: Birmingham, Hoover, 112 total
Zip Codes: 35242, 35215, 35216, 35226, 35244, 35209, 35173, 35020, 35007, 35211, 117 total
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 618 ft above sea level

Birmingham is one of the South’s most misunderstood cities. A former steel and manufacturing center once known as the “Pittsburgh of the South,” Birmingham is still thought by many outsiders to combine the grittiness of this legacy with some of the other more unsavory images of the old South. But the truth is far different: Birmingham has experienced a major economic turnaround, and while not quite as far along as noted Southern stars like Charlotte, Raleigh Durham and Atlanta, the area has come a long way.

The steel industry is still evident but has transitioned into higher value-add manufacturing enterprises supporting the South’s growing automotive assembly industry, which surrounds the city in a few-hundred-mile radius in places like Tuscaloosa (Mercedes) Lincoln, AL (Honda), Montgomery, AL (Hyundai), and Spring Hill and Smyrna, TN (Saturn and Nissan). Beyond this industry, the economy has moved decidedly towards more new-economy enterprises in research, medicine, banking, finance, and technology. The area has become a magnet for young educated workers and their families looking for alternatives to Atlanta and other booming Southern centers. Nice older (and some newer) suburban neighborhoods have grown mainly south of the city towards Vestavia Hills and Hoover. The area scores relatively well in healthcare, arts, and the economy, and poorly in air service and climate.

Birmingham is located in a valley within a hilly area in the Appalachian foothills. Ridges rise to 600 feet above the valley floor, with a mix of open land and forest. The climate is decidedly southern, humid subtropical with a modifying influence from the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are long, hot, and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are mild. Total annual rainfall is among the highest in the United States.

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Birmingham-Hoover Cost of Living

Arts and culture, diversifying economy, and mild winters make Birmingham-Hoover a great place to live.

-45.6% lower than avg
-9.8% lower than avg
$873 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-31.5% lower than avg
Birmingham-Hoover Crime
48 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Over 7 years ago

Birmingham, Ala., is a dead man's nowhere town. Do yourself a favor and never come near its dreary, dismal, cultural desolation. If Hell had humidity, they'd call it  More

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