Attorneys serving Birmingham, AL and Jefferson County, AL

Attorneys serving Birmingham, AL

Birmingham is located in Jefferson and Shelby County in central Alabama. It rests at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is the largest city in the state of Alabama. Over the years, Birmingham has transformed itself into a major medical and finance center. It ranks as one of the major banking sites in the United States.

History

Birmingham was recognized as a city on June 1, 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. Those who settled and founded Birmingham were of English descent. They named it after the United Kingdom’s second largest city and industrial center, Birmingham, England. It became a mining hub due to natural mineral deposits of iron ore, limestone and coal. This made Birmingham a prime site for iron and steel manufacturing. Over the years, the city established itself as a well-known steel and mining city and was commonly referred to as the “Pittsburg of the South” and “The Magic City” due to a spike in population.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Birmingham was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement. It was in a Birmingham jail where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” after being imprisoned following a nonviolent protest. King and other local leaders played an integral role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Annual Events

Birmingham offers plenty of festivals and events throughout the year.

The Regions Tradition, a golf event that is an Official Major Championship on the PGA TOUR Champions is held in May.

Annual Birmingham Rose Show at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is held on Mother’s Day weekend.

Birmingham hosts a National Veterans Day Parade every year with over 50 floats, 5,000 participants and 15 bands.

The Barber Motorsports Park holds many events at the sprawling racetrack. The Honda Indy Grand Prix Of Alabama is held in April and features professional Indy drivers from around the world. The park is also home to the 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama. This event is held annually in September and features motorcycle races throughout the day.

The Birmingham Zoo is home to many events including the annual Magic City Wine Fest in May, the Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que event in June, the Boo at the Zoo in October and a ZooLight Safari during Christmas time.

Birmingham will host the World Games in July of 2021.

Area Attractions

Birmingham also has a thriving art, music and cultural scene. Residents can visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, McWane Science Center, The Birmingham Zoo, Vulcan Park and Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Automobile Statistics

The average commute in Birmingham is 21 minutes.

80.3% Single drivers

11.2% Carpool

2.0% Telecommute

2.4% Use mass transit

2018 Total Car Accidents: 19,087

2018 Total Truck Accidents: (excluding Pickups): 917

2018 Total Motorcycle Involved Accidents: 78

2018 Total Accidents involving a Bicycle: 27

2018 Pedestrian Involved Accidents: 133

Resident Statistics

Currently, over 212,260 people live in the city of Birmingham. Over 1,136,650 make up the metro population of the city. The median age is 35.

32.4% are married

15.3% are divorced

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Birmingham is 79.1. The average cost of living in the United States in 100.

The unemployment rate is 4.6% ( the U.S. average is 3.9%).

The average income in Birmingham is $31, 217. The median house value is $66, 900.

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