Birmingham, MI
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Birmingham is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 21,007 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 95.15% 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 (21.97%), sales jobs (13.93%), and business and financial occupations (10.18%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.53% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Birmingham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Birmingham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Birmingham. 78.14% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Birmingham in 2010 was $75,132, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $300,528 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/Yiddish.