Birmingham, MI
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Birmingham is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 20,857 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 95.46% 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 (21.32%), sales jobs (13.98%), and healthcare (10.71%).

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.

Also of interest is that Birmingham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Birmingham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Birmingham is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Birmingham really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Birmingham perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

If knowledge is power, Birmingham is a pretty powerful place. 77.18% 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 $71,972, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $287,888 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Birmingham include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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