Birmingham

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
153/263
Details
Large apartment$1479.83
Medium apartment$1136.97
Rent index [score]0.73
Small apartment$794.11

Cost of Living

6
111/261
Details
5km taxi ride$8.10
A Cappuccino$3.00
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$2.30
Bread$0.58
Inflation [score]0.56
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$65.00
Movie ticket$9.50
Price of a meal at a restaurant$69.81

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]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.28
Meetups groups67
Meetups members17284
Number of investors17
Number of startup events in the last 12 months710
Number of upcoming meetup events25
Startup climate scene [score]0.41
Startup events112
Startup events112
Startup events [score]0.80
Startups [score]0.55
Total number of startups217

Venture Capital

3
157/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.28

Travel Connectivity

6
49/260
Details
Airport hub102
Airport hub [score]0.48
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.67

Commute

6
17/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_Kingdom/Birmingham
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
35/259
Details
Business freedom86.00
Business freedom [score]0.89
Freedom from corruption78.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.84
Lack of labor restrictions71.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

7
141/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.46
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents7
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

8
39/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.84
Healthcare quality [score]0.79
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
66/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Birmingham
Best university ranking130
Country mean scores in PISA math test494.15
Country mean scores in PISA reading test499.32
Country mean scores in PISA science test514.13
PISA math ranking (high school)22
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)19
PISA science (high school)16
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.20

Environmental Quality

6
154/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.64
Cleanliness [score]0.47
Drinking water quality [score]0.71
Urban greenery [score]0.55

Economy

5
117/258
Details
Currency for urban areaGBP
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$39510.94
GDP per capita [score]0.63

Taxation

6
71/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
86/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)43.73
Internet access (download) [score]0.72
Internet access (upload) [score]0.49
Upload speed (Mbps)11.27

Leisure & Culture

4
201/263
Details
Art galleries82
Art galleries [score]0.62
Cinemas53
Cinemas [score]0.53
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.75
Concert venues100
Concerts [score]0.69
Historical sites33
Historical sites [score]0.44
Museums44
Museums [score]0.46
Performing art venues129
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues92
Sports [score]0.66
Zoos4
Zoos [score]0.72

Tolerance

8
26/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.76
LGBT Equality Index86.67
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.73

Outdoors

1
243/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters228.00
Urban area elevation (meters)154.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Birmingham are in the 111th 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)

$620$968
$794
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$26
Monthly public transport$65
Lunch$13
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$33,323
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.23
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Birmingham in position 189 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Birmingham

Birmingham (/ˈbɜːrmɪŋəm/) is a major city and metropolitan borough of West Midlands, England. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a population in 2014 of 1,101,360. The city is in the West Midlands Built-up Area, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,440,986 at the 2011 census. Birmingham metropolitan area is the second most populous in the UK with a population of 3.8 million. This also makes Birmingham the 9th most populous metropolitan area in Europe.

A medium-sized market town in the medieval period, Birmingham grew to international prominence in the 18th century at the heart of the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, which saw the town at the forefront of worldwide advances in science, technology, and economic development, producing a series of innovations that laid many of the foundations of modern industrial society. By 1791 it was being hailed as "the first manufacturing town in the world". Birmingham's distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided a diverse and resilient economic base for industrial prosperity that was to last into the final quarter of the 20th century. Perhaps the most important invention in British history, the industrial steam engine, was invented in Birmingham. Its resulting high level of social mobility also fostered a culture of broad-based political radicalism, that under leaders from Thomas Attwood to Joseph Chamberlain was to give it a political influence unparalleled in Britain outside London, and a pivotal role in the development of British democracy. From the summer of 1940 to the spring of 1943, Birmingham was bombed heavily by the German Luftwaffe in what is known as the Birmingham Blitz. The damage done to the city's infrastructure, in addition to a deliberate policy of demolition and new building by planners, led to extensive demolition and redevelopment in subsequent decades.

Today Birmingham's economy is dominated by the service sector. The city is a major international commercial centre, ranked as a beta− world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. Its metropolitan economy is the second largest in the United Kingdom with a GDP of $121.1bn (2014), and its six universities make it the largest centre of higher education in the country outside London. Birmingham's major cultural institutions – including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts – enjoy international reputations, and the city has vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes. Birmingham is the fourth-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors.

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