Quality of Life
A Community to Call Home
From our comfortable climate to our easily accessible lifestyle, our city prides itself on its livability. As a true transportation hub for statewide and regional travel, Birmingham is at the epicenter of southern mobility and affordability.
Where Southern Hospitality and World-Class Research Collide
From groundbreaking research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Southern Research to the Lakeshore Foundation’s commitment to developing novel approaches and technologies for people with chronic health conditions and physical disabilities, there’s no doubt that Birmingham’s commitment to health care is strong. Health care in Birmingham includes the largest health care cluster in Alabama, and Birmingham houses a world-class research base, highly skilled workforce and strengths in emerging fields including gene editing and gamma delta t cell immunotherapy.
So, whether you’re focused on mind, body or soul, you can rest easy knowing Birmingham is home to some of the country’s highest-caliber health care. The University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital is U.S. News & World Report’s best hospital in the state. Located in the city’s medical district, UAB Hospital is among the 20 largest and best equipped in the nation. Alongside the hospital are centers of excellence for oncology, diabetes research, women and infants and psychiatric medicine. Children’s of Alabama is the third-largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Recently, eight of their specialty services took honors in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings, including cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, and others.
From the Best to the Brightest
Birmingham values education, from K-12 up to colleges and universities. Our region is home to 19 public school districts, and six high schools in the region earned rank on The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools list. Eight Birmingham area high schools were named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools.
In addition to world-class public schools, the Birmingham area is fortunate to have a number of quality private schools for those looking for alternative or religious options. While varying in size, all offer top-rated facilities and instructors, putting students on the path to success.
Higher education employs nearly 20,000 in the metropolitan area and generates an economic impact of more than $1 billion annually. Seven universities and colleges, seven community/junior colleges, five degree-granting technical schools, three law schools, and the UAB medical, dental and other specialized schools offer multiple educational opportunities to the area’s workforce.
Road-Trip and Weekend Getaway Friendly
Birmingham has enough amenities to keep your weekends occupied, but if you need a change of scenery, you’re in luck – Birmingham, the geographical center of the Southeast, is a day’s drive from dozens of travel hotspots.
Just two hours from Atlanta, three hours from Nashville, three and a half hours from Memphis, four hours from the beach and five hours from New Orleans, you can get anywhere quickly on the road.
If you’re an outdoor aficionado, metropolitan Birmingham is positioned at the center of Alabama’s outdoor recreation amenities. Several large-scale lakes, state parks and national forest are located within a 1.5 hour drive from downtown Birmingham, including Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Mountain; Alabama’s only Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey River; the Cahaba River, ranked among the nation’s most scenic and biologically diverse rivers; and Smith Lake, ranked among the cleanest lakes in the U.S.
If you prefer flying, you’ll find Birmingham to be a true transportation hub for statewide and regional travel. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is the state’s largest airport when it comes to passenger traffic. It hosts five airlines with service to 18 airports in 15 cities, with limitless global connections from there.
So, go explore – but you’ll soon find you’re clamoring to come back to the Magic City.