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Birmingham is a city in Northern Alabama. It's known to be the most populous city in Alabama. Known as a great city for retirees who are looking for a bustling city with a wide variety of activities. The year-round moderate weather makes the transition for new residents smoother.
Climate & Geography
Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate. The average annual high temperature is in the low 70s and the average annual low temperature is in the low 50s. The average annual precipitation is around 50 inches of rainfall. Birmingham receives more sunny days than the national average, and rarely receives snow, averaging just one inch per year.
Birmingham is bordered by long parallel mountain ridges, the tail ends of the Appalachian Mountains. Small creeks are located throughout the valley that flow into the Black Warrior River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Birmingham is a large city with a wide assortment of activities. Active adults frequently catch a baseball game at Regions Field. Botanical gardens and zoos are available for animal and nature lovers. There are numerous parks and nature preserves for residents to take a stroll in and bike. There’s also a wide variety of restaurants and breweries to enjoy.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost in Birmingham is well below the national median. The overall cost of living in Birmingham is below the state and national averages, with the lower cost of housing playing the biggest part in lowering the overall cost of living.
The state of Alabama is one of the most tax-friendly to retirees. Many retirement incomes are exempt from taxes such as federal and state pensions. Social Security is also exempt. If a homeowner is 65 and older and disabled or make less than $12,000, they are exempt from state property taxes.
There are three medical centers and hospitals in Birmingham that are highly ranked. They are University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, and St. Vincent’s Birmingham Hospital. University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital is nationally ranked in six adult specialties and ranked High Performing in seven adult procedures/conditions. Princeton Baptist Medical Center is regionally ranked and ranked High Performing in three adult procedures/specialties. St. Vincent’s Birmingham Hospital is regionally ranked and ranked High Performing in four adult procedures/specialties.