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As one of the major economic centers of Alabama and one of the signature cities of the Southeast, Birmingham has done an impressive job of adapting to the new demands of the 21st century. The city that once built a reputation as the “Pittsburgh of the South” thanks to a robust steel manufacturing industry is now a hip community attracting entrepreneurs, artists, and innovative personalities. Birmingham remains one of the most active business hubs in the region, with headquarters for everything from banks to biotech firms operating in the city.
The dining, nightlife, and entertainment scenes have all grown rapidly in recent years, and just about everyone in town has an opinion about where to find the best brewery. Gorgeously preserved historic buildings and a pervasive attitude of down-home hospitality have kept Birmingham’s famous southern charm intact as well, creating a unique environment where the best elements of the traditional and the modern complement each other. The surrounding hills and forests provide beautiful scenery as well as unlimited opportunities for outdoor exploration on the weekends.
The historic Clarkson Covered Bridge is just north of Birmingham
The Storyteller Fountain in the Five Points South District
As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Birmingham, AL is $726 for a studio, $861 for one bedroom, $908 for two bedrooms, and $1,077 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Birmingham has increased by 5.2% in the past year.
Birmingham is served by for major interstate highways, I-20, I-22, I-59, and I-65. These provide for easy accessibility to the city, as well as quick commutes within the Birmingham area. Travel within the area is further accommodated by the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority that provides a system of buses, trolleys, and the paratransit system known as the Metro Area Express. There is yet another easy-to-use transportation system for the downtown area known as DART, or Downtown Area Runabout Transit which runs two circular routes in the business district and a third for the UAB area.
Birmingham, AL Average Rent by Neighborhood
Apartments in Birmingham rent, on average, for $860 per month for a one-bedroom and $900 for a two-bedroom unit. While rent varies, you can expect to pay $1,060 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in a higher-end neighborhood like Avondale and Downtown Birmingham. In more affordable areas such as Apple Valley and Oak Ridge Park, average rent is $550 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
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