Birmingham

56 reviews
  1. City in Alabama
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Real Estate
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$86,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$728
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Birmingham Rankings

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  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C-
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      982
      264
    • Murder
      25
      5
    • Rape
      86
      37
    • Robbery
      495
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      1,768
      575
    • Theft
      4,122
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      677
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $31,217
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    18%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      9%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      14%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      32%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      28%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      16%
      14%

    Reviews

    56 reviews
    • Excellent
      10
    • Very Good
      24
    • Average
      21
    • Poor
      1
    • Terrible
      0
    Birmingham is such an amazing city and I am so lucky to have grown up here! Recently, Birmingham has been rising out of the ashes and new buisnesses are popping up everywhere. There is always a new resturant to try, something fun to do, or a new brewery to hang out at. Birmingham and its surrounding suburbs are a great place to raise a family or to visit. The Over the Mountain (sububs of Birmingham) school sytems are phenomenal and some are even nationally recognized.
    • Current Resident
    • 2 months ago
    Birmingham is surprisingly safer than one would expect, especially downtown. There are a lot of up and coming restaurants and Birmingham is becoming a food destination. The surrounding areas provided greenery yet remain close to anything you could possible want. Location in the states is close to plenty of places as well, within 5 hours you could be in Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, or the beach!
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago
    What I love most about Birmingham is the diversity of architectural style and the abundance of activities and entertainment yet the quaint aesthetics. Birmingham has done a great job preserving its history and restoring beautiful buildings. You can find so many unique coffee shops, Peanut Depot and interesting shops, hiking is easily accessible at the outskirts of the city where you can find red rock, caves, and quarries, Art Walks, Breweries, Markets, etc. There is a growing number of theaters and venues for events downtown: The Lyric, The AL Theater, Red Mt Theater Company, Carver Theater, BJCC, Alys Stephens Center, etc. Artists such as the Russian Ballet, Nickel Creek, Anushka Shankar and Issac Perlman have performed and are visiting again soon. I would like to see a mural inside the Rotary Trail tunnel downtown.
    • Current Resident
    • 1 month ago