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A Guide to Birmingham, The Magic City

The city of Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County, and, with a population of more than 200,000, it is also the largest city in the state of Alabama.

What to Know Before Moving to Birmingham, AL?

Birmingham was named after the second largest city in the United Kingdom, and since then it has grown to match its namesake in many ways, becoming a major industrial and transportation hub. Its economy has diversified over time, and nowadays Birmingham is one of the largest banking centers in the US. The city also enjoys a thriving cultural and recreational vibe, making it appealing to people of all ages. If you count yourself among those, read on to discover what you need to know before relocating to Birmingham.

Is Birmingham a good place to live?

The city has transformed and grown dramatically in the past decades, and it has developed into a modern city with not only a lot of diversity but also opportunity. The fact that Birmingham has both progressed over the years and retained much of its original character has helped it become known as one of the US’s best cities for jobseekers while still being affordable. Let’s take a look at some facts and figures.


The most common industries in Birmingham are health care and social assistance, with the UAB Hospital being one of the largest employers in the area. In terms of the highest paying jobs, those working in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction see the highest earnings.


With a median household income of $33,770 in 2017, Birmingham residents earn somewhat less than the national average. However, this shouldn’t be a deterrent, as the cost of living in the city is lower than in similar areas, and consumer prices (including rent) are 19.16% lower than in Atlanta, GA, for example, and 51.02% lower compared to New York.


Public transport in Birmingham is provided by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, which offers facilities such as buses and trolleys. The city has access to 4 interstate highways, as well as 2 bypasses and 1 connector road. Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport is Alabama’s largest and busiest in terms of passenger volume, while the ‘Crescent’ passenger train, operated by Amtrak, runs through Birmingham on its way from New York City to New Orleans.


The Birmingham City Schools system comprises 62 public schools, many of which are rated as some of the best in the state of Alabama. The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in the suburb of Irondale is consistently ranked as one of the best high schools in America.


If you’re looking for culture and entertainment in Alabama, then Birmingham has your back. Home to the Alabama Ballet and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the city also plays host to the Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the largest in the Southeast. Since closing down, the Sloss Furnaces have become a year-round attraction for art and music festivals. The city celebrates its Deep South culture through the annual Southern Heritage Festival, as well as the local food scene, which boasts an eclectic mix of comfort food and Michelin-starred restaurants.

What is Birmingham famous for?

One of the most iconic statues in the city — Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking — pays homage to the city’s traditions of iron and steel production and is the world's largest iron-ore statue. The city is also a national leader in terms of urban green spaces, with thousands of acres worth of hiking and biking trails. Last but not least, although it’s a bit of a mouthful, visitors need to know that the locals are called ‘Birminghamians.’

What Does the Moving Process to Birmingham, AL Involve?

First of all, take a moment to browse some of the rental listings Birmingham has to offer. The average rent for a 987 sq. ft. apartment is $1,033. Summers can be very hot and humid, so seek out a place that comes with an AC unit already fitted, or else be prepared to invest in one. Given the fact that Birmingham is situated in Tornado Alley, you should also be prepared for a fair share of wind and rain. In fact, flooding is not uncommon in the neighborhoods situated at the foot of the mountain ridge. You will need to register your car within 30 days of establishing residency in the city.

What are the costs of moving to Birmingham, AL?

Relocating to Birmingham from neighboring Georgia will cost you around $3,000-$3,400. The costs do vary depending on the time of year, the amount of belongings you’re taking with you, and any additional services. Moving down from Tennessee with the contents of your 2-3 bedroom home will cost between $2,600 and $3,600, while prices rise for Washington DC movers, averaging at around $4,200 and going up to $4,500.

For out-of-city moves, expect to pay around $1,400 for relocating from Montgomery or Mobile. In terms of moving companies within Birmingham, the average cost is $345 for a move that takes 3 hours and requires 2 helpers and 1 van.

What Are the Storage Options in Birmingham, AL?

If you do plan to relocate to Birmingham, it’s well worth considering storage options to help take a load off your mind throughout the moving process. Birmingham offers a vast array of storage options throughout the city and the surrounding metropolitan area, with 93 facilities featuring amenities such as temperature control, 24-hour access, advanced security, and more.

Unit sizes range from tiny 4 sq.ft. options up to units in excess of 1,000 sq.ft. While you can find rents for as little as $12 per month, the average cost for a mid-size unit is typically around $40 per month. So, be sure to plan ahead and check out your options at RentCafe.com.

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