Birmingham

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
198/265
Details
Large apartment$2300.00
Medium apartment$1900.00
Rent index [score]0.75
Small apartment$1500.00

Cost of Living

6
108/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.20
A Cappuccino$3.30
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$1.90
Bread$0.57
Inflation [score]0.58
Lunch$14.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$76.00
Movie ticket$9.20
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.57

Startups

4
133/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups3
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.29
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.30
Meetups groups75
Meetups members20916
Number of investors17
Number of startup events in the last 12 months987
Number of upcoming meetup events26
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events100
Startup events [score]0.71
Startups [score]0.55
Total number of startups208

Venture Capital

3
169/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.26

Travel Connectivity

6
48/265
Details
Airport hub102
Airport hub [score]0.48
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.68

Commute

6
53/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_Kingdom/Birmingham
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
35/263
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
147/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.44
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
29/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.86
Healthcare quality [score]0.81
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

5
83/239
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)21
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.81
PISA reading (high school)15
PISA science (high school)13
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
158/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.65
Cleanliness [score]0.41
Drinking water quality [score]0.67
Urban greenery [score]0.54

Economy

5
118/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.78
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
67/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.41
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

6
94/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)52.39
Internet access (download) [score]0.78
Internet access (upload) [score]0.44
Upload speed (Mbps)9.38

Leisure & Culture

4
204/264
Details
Art galleries82
Art galleries [score]0.62
Cinemas54
Cinemas [score]0.52
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.74
Concert venues99
Concerts [score]0.69
Historical sites33
Historical sites [score]0.42
Museums43
Museums [score]0.45
Performing art venues130
Performing arts [score]0.59
Sport venues92
Sports [score]0.67
Zoos5
Zoos [score]0.72

Tolerance

6
184/265
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]0.35

Outdoors

1
251/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters229.00
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 108th place of all 250 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)

$1,900$2,700
$2300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$9
Broadband internet connection$26
Monthly public transport$76
Lunch$14
-35%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Birmingham are below average. For this job type, Birmingham ranks 156th for salaries among 265 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.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$36,481
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

20%
For annual salary of $40000
30%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

20%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

102/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

45/262
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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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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Birmingham in position 196 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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People in Birmingham

Population of Birmingham

2,655,400
2,051 /km²
62/264
Density (people per unit of area)
3%
Growth in 2015-2020
Birmingham

Demographics of United Kingdom

Median age
41
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
81
GDP per capita (in USD)
$39,511
136/262
Unemployment
5%
134/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Teacher
6.56%
Graphic Designer
6.56%
Architect
4.92%
Web Designer
4.92%
Customer Support
4.92%
Account Manager
3.28%
Operations Manager
3.28%
Other
65.57%

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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 city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England standing on the small River Rea. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a population of 1,101,360 in 2014.

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 gamma+ 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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United Kingdom
5th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

14th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

64th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

22nd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

5th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

11th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

1st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

2nd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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