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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Birmingham, Alabama

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Where to Retire in Birmingham and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in Birmingham; see link at top left.

According to the National Association or Realtors, the median sale price of a home in Birmingham-Hoover was $318,800 during the 2nd quarter of 2022.

What Is Special about Birmingham

Birmingham is the cultural center and entertainment capital of Alabama offering ballet, opera, museums and many festivals;  Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the Southeast;  Birmingham's Childrens Theatre is one of the largest and oldest children's theatre in the country; Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located here with concerts, plays and jazz classes;  Downtown Birmingham is going through a cultural and economic rejuvenation with new shops, parks, and restaurants.

What Is Not Special about Birmingham

Crime in Birmingham is the tength highest in the country and is oftentimes ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.  Birmingham's 10% sales tax rate is the highest of the nation's 100 largest cities.

Climate and Physical Environment


Birmingham is flanked by long parallel mountain ridges, including  the tailing ends of the Appalachian foothills and Ruffner Mountain, which is home to Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, one of the largest urban nature reserves in the United States.  Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall. January temperatures are in low to mid 50’s, with  July temperatures in the low 90’s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Birmingham is the cultural capital of Alabama, packed with museums and art galleries. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Concert Chorale, Opera Birmingham and Birmingham Ballet are among the cultural offerings, as well as historic film theaters, jazz theaters, and a large ampitheater.


Crime in Birmingham is one of the highest in the country.

Medical Facilities

Birmingham has several medical facilities including Birmingham VA Medical Center and the University of Alabama Hospital.


Birmingham has four major highways that service it along with Amtrak and the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.  When compared to other cities, Birmingham is below average in walkability.

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