Best Neighborhoods in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. Founded in 1871, Birmingham is known for iron and steel production. According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham has 212, 237 residents. The Birmingham metropolitan area has an estimated 2.1 million, according to the census taken in 2009. Regions Financial, a Fortune 500 company is housed in Birmingham, along with several Fortune 1000 companies Historical moments from the Civil Rights Movement occurred in Birmingham, and brought national attention to the area.

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Temperature

Average High - 68.9, Average Low - 32.3

Sports

There are no major league teams in Birmingham; however, there are very active college teams.

Crime Rate

Birmingham is ranked 10th in crime in the United States overall; however, crime in the metropolitan area has shown significant decrease.

Top Neighborhoods

Red Mountain is one of Birmingham's most prestigious neighborhoods. Red Mountain is part of the Ridge and Valley region. One of Alabama's largest urban parks, Red Mountain Park, is located in Red Mountain. Red Mountain Park is larger than New York's Central Park. A great number of the multi-millionaires in the area call Red Mountain home. The well known private school Altamont is located in Red Mountain as well. Red Mountain Museum and the Discovery Place Children's Science Museum are located within the boundaries of Red Mountain. Residents of Red Mountain have various amenities to enjoy including green space, shopping, and fine dining.

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The Southside is a neighborhood that houses a number of the prominent points of interest in the city of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham at Alabama calls the Southside home. The Southside is a culturally and ethnically diverse community. Both the Southside and Red Mountain enjoy the amenities southern downtown has to offer. The Southside is also home to Five Points, known for its architectural and historical synagogues and churches. The Southside is where bohemians, free spirits, and young urban professionals converge in one area; coexisting side by side in a more than desirable community.

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Huffman is a growing and diverse neighborhood in Birmingham. Like so many southern neighborhoods, Huffman, centers much of its community life on its churches. One of the most prestigious congregations in the area is Huffman Baptist Church. There are a number of activities in the area that focus on the youth of the community; and a number of them have been initiated by the Church. The community of Huffman has both public and private middle and high schools for families to take advantage of. Huffman's housing stock although stable most of the year, still has opportunities for new residents.

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Ensley is a neighborhood that was founded in 1886 by businessman Enoch Ensley. Ensley is a part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan area. Ensley has a long history of successful industrial development. More recently, however, the neighborhood has become more residential than industrial. There are a few housing options in the Ensley area and housing and rental prices are considered reasonable for the area. There are a variety of school options and public transportation is available.

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Avondale is a neighborhood and town built around the Avondale Mills. The first settlers to the community settled in what is now Avondale Park. The Avondale Park was once home to the Birmingham Zoo and was the largest park in the area until recently. The park was and still is known for its Amphitheatre, secluded pavilion and extensive rose garden. Avondale is a quaint community with open green spaces for the residents of the neighborhood to enjoy.

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Mountain Brook is a neighborhood in the southeast portion of the city. The "Tiny Kingdom" is the name the locals gave to Mountain Brook because of the wealth and influence in the area. Mountain Brook has received national recognition on many lists for the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city, state, and country. There are natural preserves within the boundaries of Mountain Brook that provide a beautiful backdrop to the homes in the area. Great schools, both public and private are available to the residents of Mountain Brook. The Mountain Brook school has been awarded for excellence in the recent past.

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