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Birmingham, Alabama

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Welcome to Birmingham ...

The city of Birmingham is primarily located in Jefferson County and is the County Seat for Jefferson County. A portion of Birmingham extends into Shelby County.

When the people of Birmingham refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Birminghamian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Birmingham has a population of 212,461 people<2> (see below for details).

Birmingham was established in 1871.

The community of Birmingham is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Birmingham lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Birmingham lies within the (205) area code.

The ZIP codes for Birmingham: 35201-35226, 35228-35238, 35240, 35242-35246, 35249, 35253-35255, 35259-35261, 35263, 35266, 35277-35283, 35285-35299<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Birmingham had a population of 212,237 people (which is 32.23% of the total population of Jefferson County). This makes Birmingham the county's most populous community.

The population of Birmingham represents 4.44% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 212,237 people, the population of Birmingham decreased 12.59% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 242,820 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Birmingham had an population of 212,461 people. This is an increase of 0.11% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.5% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Birmingham.

Communities near Birmingham ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Birmingham and not the distance if you drove it.<5>.

Community   2015
Alabaster   [Map]   32,707   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
Bessemer   [Map]   26,730   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Center Point   [Map]   16,655   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Gardendale   [Map]   13,711   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Helena   [Map]   18,264   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
Hoover   [Map]   84,848   S   10 miles [16.1 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Birmingham.

Communities Also Named Birmingham ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 24 communities that are also named Birmingham - they are located in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (4), Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (3), Saskatchewan and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Birmingham.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Birmingham. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Birmingham. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Birmingham. Our list includes 186 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Birmingham:

Websites for Birmingham ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Birmingham ...

Looking for more information about Birmingham? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Birmingham, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Birmingham.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People are finding Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Birmingham. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Birmingham refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Birmingham may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Birmingham.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Birmingham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Birmingham). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Birmingham or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Birmingham includes: 35201, 35202, 35203, 35204, 35205, 35206, 35207, 35208, 35209, 35210, 35211, 35212, 35213, 35214, 35215, 35216, 35217, 35218, 35219, 35220, 35221, 35222, 35223, 35224, 35225, 35228, 35229, 35230, 35231, 35232, 35233, 35234, 35235, 35236, 35237, 35240, 35242, 35243, 35244, 35245, 35249, 35253, 35254, 35259, 35260, 35263, 35266, 35277, 35278, 35279, 35280, 35281, 35282, 35285, 35286, 35287, 35288, 35289, 35290, 35291, 35292, 35293, 35294, 35295, 35296, 35297, 35298 & 35299.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Birmingham. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Birmingham) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Birmingham. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Birmingham

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Birmingham. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5274, Longitude: -86.7952     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Birmingham have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Birmingham.


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