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Birmingham, AL

Getting to Know Birmingham, AL

With a population of more than 200,000 in Birmingham alone and more than one million throughout the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area, Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The city was founded in 1871 and was named after Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The city's focus on steel production earned it the nickname of the Pittsburgh of the South.

Birmingham Apartments and Neighborhoods

To support the state's largest and diverse population, Birmingham offers a variety of places to rent your next apartment. Take a look at some of the best neighborhoods in Birmingham and find a hip spot near the college scene, or choose a suburban neighborhood with family friendly amenities close by. Some of our favorite neighborhoods include:

  • The Southside sits on Red Mountain, and its proximity to the University of Alabama attributes to the cultural diversity. It's a homosexual-friendly neighborhood where the gay pride parade starts each year.
  • Highland Park is just two miles from the business district, making it ideal for those wanting a short commute to work. The Highland Park Golf Course tends to drive rental prices up, but the location near UAB and entertainment hotspots makes it perfect for young professionals desiring a balance of work and play.
  • Mountain Brook residents love their suburban neighborhood, saying it's an excellent place to live and raise children. This affluent area boasts top-notch schools and low crime rates.
  • Residents of Forest Park enjoy walking distance to many shops and restaurants and are just four miles from BHM airport. A nice mix of business and entertainment combined with affordable prices makes Forest Park a great place for newlyweds and first-time home buyers.
  • Five Points South is the entertainment center of Birmingham, about five minutes from downtown and highly walkable.  
  • Lakeview suits those who want to be close to the action but not in the Five Points atmosphere. This trendy neighborhood has a large corporate presence and residents can walk to entertainment venues such as the Alabama Ballet and the Terrific New Theater.
  • The Parkside District attracts sports enthusiasts since its amenities include Regions Field and Railroad Park. Residents here tend to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Finding a new place to live can be a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're budget-minded or looking for an affluent residence, we'll help you find your perfect match. Regardless of your desires, there's an apartment in Birmingham for you.

 

Things to Do in Birmingham

From golf to science centers, from walking tours to the Splash Adventure Waterpark, Birmingham delivers entertainment for all ages. One of the most interesting attractions is the Vulcan Park and Museum, which is home to a statue of the Roman god Vulcan. It's the largest statue made from cast iron in the world, and the museum contains interactive exhibits and an observation balcony providing a wonderful view of the city.

For Families with Kids

If you're on a budget, visit the Birmingham Museum of Art for free admission to view thousands of paintings, sculptures and a hands-on kids exhibit. Or, spend time admiring the animals at Birmingham Zoo, examine dinosaur remains at the McWane Science Center or go zip lining at Red Mountain Park.

When it comes to educating your kids, Birmingham offers several schools achieving top scores of nine and ten, with Mountain Brook City Schools ranking as the best school district.

 

Dog Parks around the City
Get outside with your four-legged companion at a number of dog parks in Birmingham. Check out Railroad Park, which offers plenty of streams and trails, or Remy's at Red Mountain for a fun, off-leash play date.

Birmingham Nightlife and Other Attractions

Birmingham residents enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene, an abundance of museums and beautiful botanical gardens. When it's time to shop, Birmingham has you covered with local boutiques and major brand name stores. Regardless of which area you choose as your new home, you will have convenient access to many attractions in Birmingham.

Getaways from Birmingham

The sparkling shores of the Gulf of Mexico are less than five hours away from Birmingham, where the closest beaches including Destin, Gulf Shores, Orange and Panama City await you. You can also get to the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta in about two-and-a-half hours.

Frequently Asked Questions About Birmingham, Alabama

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Average Rent in Birmingham

Studio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed
Oct 19$642$977$1,091$1,289
Sep 196479601,0701,294
Aug 196429431,0851,294
Jul 197259331,0371,272
Jun 197259321,0581,291
May 197259431,0961,294
Apr 197959471,1071,307
Mar 197259471,0921,252
Feb 197959151,0391,202

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