Birmingham is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. It is the state's largest city with more than 1.1 million residents in the metropolitan area.
The city's economy is powered by manufacturing, education, healthcare, banking, telecommunications, insurance, construction and engineering.Birmingham is served by Interstates 20, 65, 59, 22 and 45; the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority bus, trolley and paratransit system; and the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Arts and Entertainment
Birmingham has a thriving arts and cultural presence, which includes the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, McWane Science Center, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Opera Birmingham, the historic Alabama Theatre, the Birmingham Children's Theatre, and numerous art galleries, restaurants and independent shops. The city has three major nightlife districts, including Five Points South, Lakeview and Uptown.
Birmingham hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, including the Southern Heritage Festival, Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, the Halloween attraction Sloss Fright Furnace, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, the Greek Festival, Alabama Bound book festival and many more.Other popular attractions include the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo, Splash Adventure, Red Mountain and The Summit lifestyle center, to name a few.
Birmingham has more green space per capita than any other city in the United States and residents enjoy hiking, biking, golfing and fishing (the city is known as the "Bass Capital of the World") year-round.
Birmingham is served by Birmingham City Schools, Jefferson County School System, Shelby County School System and many other independent school districts as well as a number of private schools.
The city is home to numerous institutions of higher education, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, Miles College, Birmingham School of Law, Miles Law School, Birmingham-Southern College, Jefferson State Community College, Virginia College, Lawson State Community College and University of Montevallo.