Birmingham, MI
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Birmingham is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 21,322 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Birmingham is the 66th largest community in Michigan.

Birmingham home prices are not only among the most expensive in Michigan, but Birmingham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Birmingham is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Birmingham is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Birmingham who work in management occupations (21.68%), sales jobs (13.05%), and healthcare (10.36%).

Of important note, Birmingham is also a city of artists. Birmingham has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Birmingham’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.61% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Birmingham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Birmingham is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Birmingham a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Birmingham has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Birmingham’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

If knowledge is power, Birmingham is a pretty powerful place. 76.70% of the adults in Birmingham have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Birmingham in 2010 was $78,668, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $314,672 for a family of four.

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 White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Birmingham include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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