Birmingham Overview

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The Big Picture

Birmingham is the most populous city in the UK outside of London and the largest local authority by population, with over 1.1 million residents. In terms of housing, Birmingham has a wide range of housing types including high-rise apartment buildings, Victorian terrace houses, suburban homes, and social housing estates. The city is known for its diverse communities and hosts many festivals and community initiatives throughout the year, such as the Birmingham International Jazz Festival and the Birmingham Pride Festival. The entertainment scene is thriving in Birmingham, with popular venues like the Symphony Hall, Arena Birmingham, and the Hippodrome Theatre attracting both local and international acts. Birmingham’s economy is dominated by the service sector, with the city being home to many major employers such as HSBC, BT, and Jaguar Land Rover. Additionally, the city is home to several universities and research centers, which play an important role in driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

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Birmingham Population

The population graphic above highlights changes in Birmingham’s population over time, while the diversity graphic compares local diversity to the national average, giving a snapshot of the area’s cultural makeup.

Birmingham Diversity

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