Intrduction & Overview
by Larry Holt, Director of Research, Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

Located in the heart of the Southeast, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.1 million, ranking it as the 13th largest population center in the Southeast and the 48th largest population center in the U.S. It is Alabama’s largest commercial center. The seven-county metropolitan region is home to Alabama’s top public school systems plus the state’s largest concentration of universities and colleges, including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, a top ranking research university. Positioned at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham-Hoover boasts scenic vistas and large historical districts in addition to some of the best cultural arts and outdoor recreational amenities found in the Southeast.

A remarkably diversified economic base, highly skilled workforce and competitive cost of living make Birmingham-Hoover a tailored location for business development. For eight consecutive years, economic analysis firm POLICOM has ranked the Birmingham economy in the top 40 out of 318 U.S. metropolitan areas for economic strength. The region’s solid economic base has developed into a leading Southeastern economy with emphasis in healthcare, banking, professional services and automotive manufacturing. From bioscience and technology development to the location of automotive suppliers and distribution centers, a wide range of business developments and expansions continue to lay the foundation of Birmingham-Hoover’s economic growth for the next century.

Rich in history and culture, Birmingham is one of the best places to live in the Southeast. Washington D.C.-based organization Partners for Livable Cities named Birmingham one of 30 most livable U.S. cities in 2004, based on its creativity, ability to prepare for the new economy, and diversity. Furthermore, Money magazine ranked Hoover among the 2004 top twenty hottest places to live in the eastern U. S. with populations under 100,000, praising its affordable housing, excellent schools and abundance of jobs.

We invite you to experience all that the Birmingham area has to offer first-hand. You'll find the Birmingham region to be one of America’s best-kept secrets. Its wonderful climate, tree-blanketed and hilly terrain, diverse population and thriving business community make it an ideal place to live. We guarantee that once you come for a visit, you’ll want to stay for a lifetime.


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