The city of Birmingham is located approximately 20 miles north of downtown Detroit and is in the southeastern portion of OaklandCounty, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. Birmingham has a thriving retail shopping district with a historic downtown dating back to the 1830s. Birmingham offers a variety of urban experiences from historic buildings to modern retail and entertainment developments. A close but welcoming community, Birmingham maintains its small-town feel while offering the recreational and cultural advantages of a prosperous urban area.
- A pedestrian-friendly downtown with 1,500,000 square feet of retail space and 2,200,000 square feet of office space, and nearly 300 retail and service businesses.
- Twenty-two parks with 230 acres cover more than 10 percent of the City’s total acreage, and the school district also provides recreational facilities.
- Top 25 safest communities according to Movoto.com (2013).
- Birmingham was named the 5th most successful walkable suburb in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal (2010).
- Named one of the nation’s Top 10 “Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit” by Travel + Leisure Magazine (August 2010).
- One of the top 20 “Best places for a healthy retirement” according to CNNMoney.com (2009).
- Birmingham was named one of the top 25 cities to live in by relocateamerica.com (2007).
- Received the Promoting Active Communities Award from the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports in 2007 (Bronze Level), 2008 (Gold Level), 2009 (Gold Level), and 2010 (Gold Level - one of only six in the State).