Birmingham, AL

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
125/263
Details
Large apartment$1153.85
Medium apartment$970.68
Rent index [score]0.74
Small apartment$787.51

Cost of Living

5
137/261
Details
5km taxi ride$1.30
A Cappuccino$4.40
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.60
Bread$1.60
Inflation [score]0.52
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$37.00
Monthly public transport$39.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$74.55

Startups

4
141/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups4
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co7
Meetups [score]0.17
Meetups groups26
Meetups members6443
Number of investors17
Number of startup events in the last 12 months137
Number of upcoming meetup events14
Startup climate scene [score]0.41
Startup events14
Startup events16
Startup events [score]0.43
Startups [score]0.55
Total number of startups44

Venture Capital

4
109/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.37

Travel Connectivity

1
216/260
Details
Airport hub20
Airport hub [score]0.16
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
135/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Birmingham
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

2
262/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.35
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year18
Guns per 100 residents226
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.52
Lack of guns [score]0.10
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.31

Healthcare

7
152/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.28
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

5
166/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.82
Cleanliness [score]0.50
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.70

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
157/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.32
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

5
144/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)46.84
Internet access (download) [score]0.75
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.43

Leisure & Culture

5
146/263
Details
Art galleries98
Art galleries [score]0.46
Cinemas92
Cinemas [score]0.50
Comedy clubs33
Comedy clubs [score]0.64
Concert venues108
Concerts [score]0.63
Historical sites51
Historical sites [score]0.53
Museums33
Museums [score]0.57
Performing art venues105
Performing arts [score]0.62
Sport venues48
Sports [score]0.56
Zoos10
Zoos [score]0.78

Tolerance

8
41/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index70.94
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.72
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.80

Outdoors

1
244/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters227.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)186.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Birmingham are in the 137th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$920$1,388
$1154
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$37
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$48
Monthly public transport$39
Lunch$12
-27%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Birmingham, AL are above average. For this job type, Birmingham, AL ranks 66th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Birmingham, AL.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$62,975
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Theft
Very Low
1/51

Crime rate development in the last 9 months

Gun crimes & Ownership

226.18
Guns per 100 people
17.79
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Birmingham, AL in position 222 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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    Discrimination

    No Protections

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    Adoption

    Single Only

    Climate

    Average number of days per year without rain

    248

    Climate type

    Humid Subtropical

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    On living in Birmingham, AL

    Birmingham (/ˈbɜːrmɪŋhæm/ BUR-ming-ham) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 212,237 in the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one quarter of Alabama's population.

    Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. It grew from there, annexing many more of its smaller neighbors, into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham was named for Birmingham, England, one of the UK's major industrial cities. Most of the original settlers who founded Birmingham were of English ancestry. In one writer's view, the city was planned as a place where cheap, non-unionized, and African-American labor from rural Alabama could be employed in the city's steel mills and blast furnaces, giving it a competitive advantage over industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

    From its founding through the end of the 1960s, Birmingham was a primary industrial center of the southern United States. The pace of Birmingham's growth during the period from 1881 through 1920 earned its nicknames The Magic City and The Pittsburgh of the South. Much like Pittsburgh, Birmingham's major industries were iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry, where rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham. In the field of railroading, the two primary hubs of railroading in the Deep South were nearby Atlanta and Birmingham, beginning in the 1860s and continuing through to the present day. The economy diversified during the later half of the twentieth century. Though the manufacturing industry maintains a strong presence in Birmingham, other businesses and industries such as banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education, and insurance have risen in stature. Mining in the Birmingham area is no longer a major industry with the exception of coal mining. Birmingham ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States and is also one of the largest banking centers in the United States. In addition, the Birmingham area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial, along with five other Fortune 1000 companies.

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