Birmingham Area, AL 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

Birmingham is located in the central region of Alabama and is the largest city in the state. It is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement, diverse cuisine, and thriving arts and culture scene. Retiring in Birmingham has several advantages; the cost of living is low so retirement dollars stretch farther, and there are leisure activities to suit a variety of tastes and preferences. Birmingham is also within easy driving distance of Atlanta, New Orleans and other large cities for fun weekend trips.

Birmingham is located in the central region of Alabama and is the largest city in the state. It is known for its role in the Civil Rights Movement, diverse cuisine, and thriving arts and culture scene. Retiring in Birmingham has several advantages; the cost of living is low so retirement dollars stretch farther, and there are leisure activities to suit a variety of tastes and preferences. Birmingham is also within easy driving distance of Atlanta, New Orleans and other large cities for fun weekend trips.

Birmingham Cost of Living

The cost of living can vary depending on individual circumstances but the Birmingham metro area is generally an affordable area for retirees. According to  BestPlaces the cost of living in the Birmingham area is 10.5 percent lower than the national average. Housing costs are very low compared to elsewhere in the country. Groceries, utilities, and transportation are below the national averages, however healthcare is more expensive.

Alabama income tax rates range from 2 to 5 percent, depending on income level. Social Security benefits are exempt, but other forms of retirement income are taxed. Alabama also has a sales tax, which is currently set at 4 percent but local governments may add additional sales taxes. 

Property taxes in Alabama are relatively low compared to other states, but do vary depending on the location of the property and its value. There is some income based property tax assistance for retirees.

Birmingham Climate and Geography

Summers in the Birmingham area are hot with temperatures averaging in the low 90s and 75 percent humidity. Much of the area's rainfall occurs during the summer, partially because thunderstorms are common during summer months. Winters are mild and snowfall is uncommon. Spring temperatures are comfortably in the high 60s to low 70s but March through May is tornado season. Tornadoes are common in Alabama, the state averages around 47 per year and Birmingham has been struck by deadly tornadoes in the last decade.

Birmingham is in the Jones Valley, which is surrounded by the Red Mountain to the south and the Appalachian foothills to the north. Red Mountain is an iron ore ridge that runs through the city, and it provides a striking backdrop to the city's skyline. The scenery in north central Alabama includes rolling hills, waterfalls, lakes and forests.

Arts, Culture, and Recreation Near Birmingham Area

The Birmingham area has a thriving arts and culture scene, with museums, theaters, and other types of entertainment. There are several award winning golf courses in the vicinity as well as parks and outdoor recreational areas perfect for hiking, biking or watersports.

Golf Near Birmingham Area 

There are several public and private golf courses in the Birmingham area. Public courses include Highland Park Golf Course, Oxmoor Valley Golf Course, and Roebuck Municipal Golf Course. The Country Club of Birmingham, Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, and Vestavia Country Club are all private courses.

Performing and visual arts Near Birmingham

  • The Alabama Theatre is a historic theater located in downtown Birmingham that hosts a variety of live performances, including concerts, musicals, and operas.
  • The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) features a 2,800-seat Concert Hall that serves as the primary performance space for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
  • Samford University Wright Center is a performing arts venue that hosts a variety of cultural events, including performances by the Alabama Ballet.
  • The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose performing arts venue located on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 
  • The Dorothy Jemison Day Theater is a performing arts venue located in downtown Birmingham that hosts a variety of cultural events, including performances by the Alabama Ballet.
  • The Birmingham Museum of Art features a diverse collection of art from around the world.

Museums and historical sites Near Birmingham Area

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the civil rights movement.
  • McWane Science Center science museum is a great place to explore and learn about science and technology.
  • Barber Motorsports Park racetrack and museum is a popular destination for motorsports enthusiasts.
  • Vulcan Park and Museum is home to the iconic Vulcan statue, and the museum offers exhibits on the history of Birmingham and the iron and steel industry.
  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of Alabama's athletes and sports figures.
  • The Southern Museum of Flight features exhibits on aviation history, including military aircraft and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Gardens Near Birmingham Area

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens feature a variety of plant collections as well as educational programs, workshops, and events. The conservatory glass house is home to exotic plants in rainforest, desert, and Mediterranean gardens. 
  • Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre botanical garden featuring a variety of native plants and wildlife as well as walking trails and a lake.

Outdoor activities Near Birmingham Area 

  • Red Mountain Park is a 1,500-acre park that features a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, biking, and zip-lining. 
  • Moss Rock Preserve is a 350-acre nature preserve that features a variety of hiking trails and a boulder field. 
  • Oak Mountain State Park is the largest state park in Alabama and offers mountain biking trails and over 50 miles of hiking trails.

Other activities Near Birmingham

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve features trails, wildlife exhibits, and a variety of native plant species. The preserve is also home to the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, which offers educational programs and events.
  • The Birmingham Zoo is home to over 950 animals from around the world, including lions, tigers, and bears.
  • Birmingham Oddities is a curiosity shop that features a variety of unusual and eclectic items, including taxidermy, vintage medical equipment, and odd antiques.

Guides and resources for visitors to the Birmingham area:

  • Visit Birmingham is the official tourism website for the city of Birmingham. The site has information about attractions, dining, events, and accommodations in the area. 
  • Birmingham365 is an online calendar with a wide range of events from music concerts to art exhibits to sporting events.
  • Alabama Tourism Department has information about attractions, events, and accommodations throughout the state, including the Birmingham area. 

Birmingham Health and Wellness

The Birmingham area has a variety of health and wellness resources available for 55+ active adults who want to stay healthy and fit. Birmingham is home to several major hospitals and medical centers, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Ascension St. Vincent's Birmingham, and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center. For those who enjoy exercise the area has many running, hiking, and cycling trails. Healthy eating is easy in Birmingham due to the popularity of restaurants focusing on local, organic ingredients and serving vegetarian options. Birmingham Wellness Fest and the Magic City Wellness Expo are annual events that showcase local businesses and provide opportunities to learn about different aspects of health and wellness.

Planning Your Birmingham Metro Area Retirement Visit

Day One

Morning:

  • Start the day with a visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The gardens are free to enter and feature a wide variety of plants and flowers, including a Japanese garden and a butterfly house. 

Afternoon:

  • Enjoy lunch at The Bright Star, a historic restaurant in nearby Bessemer that has been serving traditional Southern cuisine since 1907.
  • Explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and the United States. The institute has interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and artifacts from the movement.

Evening: 

  • Have dinner at Highlands Bar and Grill, one of Birmingham's most celebrated restaurants, known for its refined Southern cuisine and extensive wine list.

Day Two

Morning:

  • Begin your day by visiting some of the area’s top 55+ communities. Speak to the staff and residents to learn about the different activities and amenities offered. 

Afternoon:

  • Spend your afternoon driving around the area with the help of a 55Places expert retirement real estate agent who can show you neighborhoods and communities based on your budget and lifestyle preferences. 

Evening: 

  • Try El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar, a Mexican restaurant in the city's up-and-coming Avondale neighborhood. The menu features creative twists on traditional Mexican dishes, and the bar serves margaritas and other cocktails.

Getting to the Birmingham Area

Birmingham is easy to reach by plane, train, bus, or car. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is located just a few miles from downtown Birmingham and serves multiple airlines with flights from various cities. Birmingham is easily accessible by car, with several major highways intersecting the city, including I-20, I-59, and I-65. If you are traveling from New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta or New Orleans Amtrak's Crescent line stops in Birmingham. Greyhound and Megabus also offer service to Birmingham.


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1056 Southern Hills Drive, Banning, CA

Meadow Ranch Community

  • 3 bed
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  • 3 bath
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  • 2320 SqFt
MLS CV23099287
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