Moving to Birmingham means you can enjoy inexpensive living. Located in one of the most affordable states in the U.S., Birmingham’s cost of living is 14% lower than the national average. In fact, living in Birmingham is more affordable than in other similarly-sized Alabama cities like Huntsville, Montgomery, or Mobile!
Why are people migrating to Birmingham?
Dec 19.2014 – If you are moving in the UK, have you ever considered moving to Birmingham ? Although it is the UK’s ‘second city’ after London, many people still have negative views of the area. Here are our top reasons Birmingham is an amazing city and would make an excellent location to live in the UK! 1) Industry If you are considering the move to Birmingham, there are excellent job prospects for all and the opportunities are spread across a range of diverse sectors.
Birmingham has long been at the heart of the Industrial revolution, and by 1971 Birmingham was known as the first manufacturing town in the world. After gaining city status in 1889 has been referred to as “the City of A Thousand Trades” due to the massive variety of companies based here. Away from manufacturing Birmingham’s service, tourism and retail sectors are flourishing and are set to create over 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
Also, the banking, insurance and law industry contributes a massive amount to the UK economy and Birmingham is the second largest centre outside London for employment in financial and other business services.2) Transport Birmingham is famous for having “more canals than Venice”, which is actually true as Birmingham has 35 miles compared with just 26 miles in Venice, this of course is a massive attraction for those who like to use canal boats! Birmingham also has one of the most famous parts of the motorway in the UK, the Gravelly Hill interchange, more commonly known as the Spaghetti Junction.
The city is very much interconnected with excellent public transport facilities with train, tram and bus. For Example, the Number 11 outer circle bus routes are said to be the longest urban bus routes in Europe, reaching a length of 26 miles. Birmingham’s New Street station is the busiest in the UK outside of London and national hub for CrossCounty; the biggest long-distance rail network in Britain.
Also given the Midland locality many chose to relocate here simply because the commute to work is easier, this will especially be true as HS2 the new high speed rail link from Birmingham to London is rolled out.3) Education If you are moving with children, education is a key consideration on where you want to live.
- As something as simple as your post code can affect your eligibility for certain schools.
- As in the rest of the UK, education is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16, although recent changes in the law see all those born on or after 1 September 1997, must stay in some form of education or training until their 18th Birthday.
The majority of children are educated in state schools which follow the National Curriculum and due to the diverse cultural backgrounds in Birmingham there are also a range of voluntary aided schools with various religious bases. There are also a range of private schools such as King Edward’s School which has national prestige.
- There are several colleges and a lot of funding has been directed into apprenticeship schemes and vocational training courses to help reignite Birmingham’s manufacturing industry.
- Birmingham is the second largest student area in the UK, with 5 universities Aston, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Newman and University College Birmingham) and as a result the region as a whole produces over 110,000 graduates each year.4) Culture If you move to Birmingham which is hailed as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the UK, with over 94 different languages spoken, you will never be bored, as there is a massive range of things to see and do.
The new Library of Birmingham which cost £189 million was built in 2013 and houses a collection of over a million books. Also, Birmingham Hippodrome is the busiest theatre in the UK with over 520,000 visitors a year generating £15 million in ticket sales.
Birmingham also boasts a range of museums and art galleries, including the science museum better known as Thinktank. Cuisine and drink from all around the world can be found in the city and Birmingham has four Michelin-starred restaurants. It is also the birthplace of the Balti and home to Cadbury world in Bourneville! Birmingham is famous for its football clubs and also hosts many festivals around the year including a massive St Patricks Day Festival and Gay Price which has been running for 18 years! 5) Retail Birmingham has one of the best centres for retail in the UK, and the Bullring which was renovated in 2003, has hundreds of shops to explore for the latest in high street fashion and also houses one of only four Selfridges department stores.
You may also fancy visiting the Mail Box which is filled with designer outlets and boutiques! Birmingham also has many different markets some of which have been going for over 850 years. The Jewellery Quarter is also famous in Birmingham and has the highest concentration of professional jewellers in the UK.
- Finally, Birmingham’s annual German market, officially the Frankfurt Christmas Market, is the largest outdoor Christmas market in the country and the biggest outside Germany and Austria.
- It attracts more than five million visitors, earning £90 million for the city, and is even bigger than the market staged in German capital Berlin.
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Is it better to live in Alabama or Georgia?
Cost of living – Sperling’s Best Places presents a standard for measuring the cost of living, with 100 as the national average. Any scores above 100 show that an area is more expensive, while anything below means it costs less to live there. When it comes to overall affordable living, Alabama rolls over Georgia, especially when it comes to housing costs.
Georgia has an overall score of 93.4, about 10% more than Alabama’s 84.1. So, on average, living in Alabama is more affordable than living in Georgia, even though you may spend more on healthcare. Notably, Alabama’s population is half of Georgia’s, which may explain why living here is cheaper. There’s less demand for goods and services.
Also, keep in mind that these are big-picture figures for the state. Parts of Alabama are more expensive than these figures, and some areas of Georgia are definitely more affordable.
|Population||5.04 million||10.7 million|
|Median Property Value||$207,145*||$306,113**|
|Median Household Income||$54,943||$61,224|
Based on January 2023 *Based on 2022
Why not to go to Birmingham?
So. How Safe Is Birmingham Really? – Well, Birmingham is, in general, a safe city, but since it’s so large, it has its bad sides, and then some. If you do find yourself uncomfortable with someone insulting you for being a foreigner or bothering you in any other way, just find a local policeman (or call 999 if it’s an emergency) or walk into a shop and tell the staff.
Most people will be happy to help. Look out for pickpockets, they are most active around Christmas because the German Market here gets very busy so they can go mostly undetected. If you just keep your belongings secure and with you the whole time you should be fine. As for more violent crimes, they exist too: you can get mugged in Birmingham though it usually doesn’t happen in central areas.
Muggers in Birmingham usually operate in groups of two or three, where one asks you a question (to see if you are local, while the others move in behind you so they can force you to the ground. There are areas most people should avoid, due to high crime rates: namely, Newtown and Lozells.
Why are there so many homeless in Birmingham?
In this section –
- What is homeless
- You are here: Population overview
- Rough sleeping population
- Evidence of inequalities
Data on homelessness is captured in several different ways, there is national reporting of the number of people who meet the statutory definition of homelessness. The July to September 2020 data summary reported that for Birmingham 1,256 households were assessed between July and September and of these 99.2% were owed a duty of support.
- 42.5% of applicants were aged 25 to 34 years, 25.1% aged 35 to 44 years and 14.3% aged 18 to 24 years, 1.2% of main applicants were aged over 65yrs.
- 31.4% of main applicants were White, 21.3% were Black, 20.5% were Asian and 5.8% from Mixed ethnic communities
- 22.6% of main applicants identified as heterosexual, 0.5% identified as lesbian or gay, 3.6% declined to provide this information but for 73.3% of applicants this data had not been reported.
- 56.3% of main applicants were registered as unemployed, 8.3% were in full time work and 10.7% in part-time work, 1.2% were students.
The data also collated support needs of households in both duty groups (N=281 ), households may have multiple needs so appear in more than one category:
- 12.4% needed support being at risk or had experienced domestic violence
- 11.9% needed support with education, employment or training
- 1.6% had a learning disability needs
- 1.1% had alcohol or drug dependence support needs
- 1.0% had a history of being in the care system
- 7.1% had a history of mental health problems
- 0.1% had served in HM Forces
- 0.7% had a history of offending
Of those who were owed a ‘prevention duty’ (N=372):
- 43% were becoming homeless because friends or family were no longer willing to accommodate and 18% because of the end of a private rented tenancy (assured shorthold), 4.8% were due to domestic abuse.
- 28.2% were women with dependent children, 31.5% were single men, 14.0% were couples with dependent children
Of those who were owed a ‘relief duty'(N=874):
39.5% were becoming homeless because friends or family were no longer willing to accommodate them, 21.6% were due to domestic violence, 5.0% because of the end of private rented tenancy (assured shorthold) and 4.9% following eviction from supported housing.