Birmingham, Michigan’s claims to fame begins with its famous neighbor, the City of Detroit aka Motor City. Birmingham’s also known as the epicenter of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, a classic car event that draws over a million spectators each August. Birmingham’s small footprint – just 4.73 square miles – helped spur its motto “A Walkable Community.”

Birmingham by the Numbers

21,322 residents (677,155 Detroit area)
#1 best public schools in Michigan
$688,000 median home value
22 parks
17 miles from Detroit
43 average age
6 higher ed campuses
4.73 square miles

Parks and Recreation

Twenty-two parks comprised of 230 acres cover more than 10% of the city’s acreage. Popular activities include trail-walking, picnicking, golfing at one of two nine-hole municipal golf courses, indoor and outdoor ice skating, and playing at one of the many neighborhood playgrounds.

Economic Drivers

As a suburb of Detroit, it is not surprising that Birmingham’s top employers for locals include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, FCA Fiat Chrysler, along with the University of Michigan. Multinational energy corporation Belfor USA is headquartered in Birmingham.

Accolade Assortment

Birmingham has made it onto an impressive number of notable cities lists in recent years. They include top 20 places for a healthy retirement (, top 25 safest communities (, top 25 cities to live in (, top 5 most successful walkable suburbs (Wall Street Journal), and top 25 safest communities (

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