Birmingham is one of the South's youngest and most dynamic cities. Blessed with beautiful terrain and a moderate climate, Birmingham is a big city coated with the hospitality of the South.
The people who live in the Birmingham Metropolitan area (just over one million) enjoy a moderate climate. The city's average temperature is 62 degrees, with an average high of 65 degrees and an average low of 51 degrees. To the south, the white sands of the Gulf Coast are just four hours away, and the Smoky Mountains are only four hours to the north.
Five of America's major corporations, as ranked by Forbes and Fortune magazines, have headquarters in Birmingham: Regions Financial Corporation, HealthSouth, BBVA Compass Bancshares, Protective Life and Vulcan Materials Company.
Educational opportunities abound throughout the area. There are five county and ten city school systems including the Alabama School of Fine Arts, along with 42 private and denominational schools. The Birmingham area is also home to 10 colleges and universities.
Birmingham was founded as a "steel town," but today it is healing and the practice of medicine that have taken Birmingham to the next level. The city's competitive medical community has generated achievement and healthcare found in only a few other places. The city boasts 14 hospitals with a combined total of more than 5,000 beds in the Birmingham area. Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Trinity Medical Center along with five other healthcare organizations are ranked among the largest employers in the Birmingham area.
Top entertainment can be found throughout the city and the area. Birmingham has a major daily newspaper - The Birmingham News - and numerous other media outlets. Birmingham nightlife is highlighted by many fine restaurants and areas such as Southside and Lakeview where you can dine, listen to a band or just walk the sidewalks in a safe environment. WorkPlay is downtown and hosts multiple concerts each week. The Museum of Art regularly hosts world-class exhibits. Two major entertainment facilities of note in Birmingham are the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, and the VerizonWireless Music Center, which features top name artists of all areas of music. For the historically inclined, Birmingham is home to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Civil Rights Museum, and the Southern Museum of Flight.
For outdoor adventure, there's Oak Mountain State Park with its single-track mountain bike trails, numerous lakes for watersports, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and adult competitive sports leagues for every interest. Birmingham has a wealth of activities for the sports fan. Birmingham is home to the Barons Double-A baseball team and is also headquarters of the Southeastern Conference, the premier athletic league in NCAA sports. Nearby you will find the Talladega Super Speedway, the world's fastest speedway, which hosts two NASCAR races each year. For motorcycle racing and the Porsche Driving Experience, look no further than the Barber Motorsports Park.
Also available are Birmingham's Botanical Gardens, the Birmingham Zoo, Meyer Planetarium, McWane Science Center, Alabama Adventure amusement and water park, and Vulcan Park.
Birmingham is also home to one of the largest shopping malls in the South, the Riverchase Galleria, and also to the fabulous Summit shopping center with its upscale shops and restaurants.
And the people of Birmingham and the Baptist Health System are friendly. You will live and work in a beautiful, safe city with hospitality like no other.