Birmingham, MI
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Birmingham is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 21,142 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.61% 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 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 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Birmingham. 76.70% 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 $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.