Birmingham is Alabama's largest city. The city was recently named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League, which recognizes cities for their innovation, civic engagement, inclusiveness and collaboration. Birmingham has an interesting history that includes a central role in the 1963 Civil Rights movement and a large iron and steel industry. Today, it is a modern city with a thriving health and finance industry. Birmingham has a population that is a little over 212,000. The median age is 35 years old, reflecting the fact the city has industries and jobs that appeal to young professionals. The city has pushed development projects to revitalize older areas, and these developments have been instrumental in encouraging people to move back into the city.
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Housing Statistics 43 percent of the properties in Birmingham are rented, 41 percent are owned and 16 percent vacant. The median sale price for homes for the past 12 months is approximately $176,000. Most homes fall in the $46,000 to $92,000 range. There are plenty of apartments available in Birmingham, ranging from the converted old homes to brand-new high-rise apartments. In the city center, one-bedroom apartments will cost $800 and up. Outside the city center, there are apartments and homes for rent that cover the price spectrum from $200 to $2,000.
Arts and Culture Birmingham has a tremendous arts and entertainment industry. The annual Sidewalk Film Festival, Artwalk, and many other events are transforming Birmingham's image as a city living in the past into that of a city living in the throes of cultural awareness. Birmingham offers a mosaic of events throughout the year that includes concerts in the Railroad Reservation Park and at the Alys Robinson Stephens Center. Music is heard throughout the city as the Alabama Symphony plays at Jemison Hall, local bands play in nightclubs and coffee houses, and big-name celebrities appear in the Magic City Theater. Visual arts are found at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Birmingham Museum of Art. The Museum of Art has permanent collections of African, Asian, American, Native American and European art, ceramics and sculptures. In addition, it regularly hosts interesting, temporary exhibits like the "Who Shot History of Rock and Roll" collection of photographs and "Pompeii - Tales From an Eruption," which showcased artifacts from the ancient civilization.
Tourist AttractionsVisitors to Birmingham will find plenty to do because it is filled with attractions. The Birmingham Zoo and Botanical Gardens get avid public support and are delightful attractions promoting environmental sustainability and learning. The brand-new Regions Field baseball stadium, hosting the Birmingham Barons, a minor league baseball team, is next to the equally new Railroad Park -- 19 acres of downtown green space that won the ULI Urban Open Space Award.
Neighborhoods Birmingham has a lot of old, well-established areas in addition to the trendy downtown and a couple of expensive neighborhoods. Most of the recent population growth has occurred in the suburbs and outlying areas. Generally speaking, the east side of downtown is where renters and buyers will find the nicest and trendiest places. These neighborhoods can serve as an introductory guide.
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