Birmingham, AL
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Birmingham is a relatively large city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 212,461 people and 74 constituent neighborhoods, Birmingham is the largest community in Alabama.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Birmingham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Birmingham is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Birmingham who work in office and administrative support (14.45%), sales jobs (10.04%), and management occupations (7.62%).

The population of Birmingham overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Birmingham, 24.24% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Birmingham in 2010 was $19,827, which is middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,308 for a family of four. However, Birmingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Birmingham also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.92% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Birmingham is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Birmingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Birmingham residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Birmingham include English, German, African, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Birmingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.