Founded in 1871, Birmingham (population around 212,200) was named after one of the largest British industrial cities. It soon mirrored the parent town’s progress with its own progress and became one of the major industrial and railroad transportation hubs in America. Along with railroading, iron and steel mining flourished as it was aided by the cheap labor that could be found here. Since the city formed itself during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, it imbibes the old southern charm with none of the southern rancor that the older towns carried in them. The best of Southern hospitality and lip-smacking southern country cooking awaits every visitor who comes here.
Birmingham is also known for its culture of music, as much a home to jazz and blues as is New Orleans. People interested in the Civil Rights movement will have an educational time here, exploring history in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Civil Rights District. The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Theatre offer numerous options for the art and culture buff. It is particularly known for its delectable southern cuisine specialties, which along with the traditional Southern tea room make for sizeable visitor attractions by themselves. The Red Mountain Park offers breathtaking views while the beautiful vistas at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve offer many possibilities for all nature lovers.
As the largest city in state of Alabama, Birmingham boasts of some of Alabama's best educational institutions, both for K-12 and higher education categories. The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Irondale has been ranked as one of the top 5 high schools in America. Housing is also affordable with the average home costing around $86,000. Living in Birmingham also means a relatively short commute time of under 22 minutes!