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Birmingham, Alabama was founded in 1871. This was an era of post US Civil War Reconstruction, and Birmingham was formed from the merger of three pre-existing farm towns; among them former Elyton. Due to the large amount of settlers of English ancestry to the area, Birmingham, Alabama was named after Birmingham, England, UK. The original Birmingham’s name derives from Old English ‘the home or settlement of the Beormingas’, which refers to the Beormingas people. Beormingas translates to ‘Beorma’s people’, referring to an ancient or mythical leader during settlement of Britain. As for Birmingham, Alabama, however, it was officially founded on June 1st, 1871, and then subsequently incorporated on December 19th of that same year.
Modern day Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. According to a 2014 US Census estimate, Birmingham has a population of 212,247 people. This makes it the 101st most populous city in the country. Birmingham is part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to that same 2014 census report, the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 1,143,772 people. This makes it the 49th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
Birmingham, Alabama has always been a central hub for the steel industry. In fact, steel products manufacturers American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO) and McWane are based in the area. Several other large steelmakers such as CMC Steel, U.S. Steel, and Nucor, also maintain heavy presences in and around the city.
Birmingham also serves as the home of two major banks: Regions Financial Corporation and BBVA Compass. Birmingham is also an insurance company nexus: housing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Protective Life, Infinity Property & Casualty, ProAssurance, and Liberty National.
The largest employer in Birmingham, however, is the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the UAB Hospital. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was established in 1969. It serves 18,568 students in 140 programs of study in 12 academic divisions and has a $327.4 million endowment. UAB has 2,044 academic staff.
UAB’s crowning jewel, though, is the UAB Health System and UAB Hospital. This hospital is considered one of the largest academic medical centers in the US. It sponsors residency programs in medical specialties, which include internal medicine, neurology, surgery, radiology, and anesthesiology. The UAB Hospital employs a workforce of about 18,750 people, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.
Outside the economy, Birmingham is also considered the cultural capital of Alabama as well. In fact, the city is home to the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Ballet, Birmingham Concert Chorale, and the Opera Birmingham. One of the feature attractions of cultural Birmingham is the Alabama Theatre. This theatre was built in mission/Spanish Revival architectural style and opened on December 26th, 1927. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It seats 2,500 people. Other cultural hotspots in Birmingham include the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Southern Museum of Flight, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
As for sports, Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Barons, who are a minor league farm team for the Chicago White Sox. The Barons play at Regions Field and have 17 league titles to their name. X-League Indoor Football’s Alabama Outlawz play in Bill Harris Arena. Birmingham also hosts a few motorsport races such as NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Aaron’s 499 & AMP Energy 500. These are held at the Talladega Superspeedway. Barber Motorsports Park holds the annual Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Bruno’s Memorial Classic, or the Regions Charity Classic of the PGA Champions Tour, is also held within the Birmingham area.
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