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Why Birmingham?

  • Metropolitan Birmingham ranks #15 in 2005 as one of "America's 50 Hottest Cities" ahead of Salt Lake City, Chicago, Miami, Memphis and Raleigh-Durham. (Source: Expansion Management magazine, January 2005)
  • Birmingham holds the nation's best record of long-term income growth according to a new Bizjournals study that looks at 25 years of changes in per capita income in the 100 largest metros in the country.
  • Birmingham is listed among the 150 most affordable cities in the US and is praised as a city "that hasn't lost its Southern soul."
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) drives the metro economy. Its medical center ranked #3 in the nation (behind only Mayo Clinic and Mass. General) in overall quality of health care. (Source: The Best in Medicine). Meanwhile, Birmingham was rated #1 in the nation in Health by Ladies Home Journal.
  • Birmingham is a major banking center. Birmingham currently ranks seventh in the nation for headquartered banking assets, despite being ranked 48th in population. For more information on Birmingham, visit these sites: The Official Website for Birmingham, Alabama Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
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