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The City of Birmingham is fortunate to have a highly skilled and educated workforce that makes our city an upcoming area for information technology companies, financial services, small businesses, and retailers. Birmingham is known nationally for its eclectic mix of upscale boutiques, galleries, and antique shops coupled with a sparkling dining and entertainment district.
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Our remarkable downtown, hip rail district and eclectic triangle district area offer a diverse range of opportunities for your business. Whether you are looking for quite neighborhoods, the excitement of living in a downtown core, or the trendy loft lifestyle, Birmingham has it all! With our natural beauty, cultural heritage, and top notch outdoor recreational opportunities there is no better place to live, work, and play.

  • Average household income in the trade area is nearly $94,000 and 76.3% of the adult population has attended college.
  • Birmingham is surrounded by some of Michigan’s wealthiest zip codes, including Bloomfield Hills 48304, Bloomfield Township 48301-2, Franklin/Bingham Farms 48025, and West Bloomfield 48324.
  • With more than 10,000 homes within walking distance, Birmingham was named the 5th most successful walkable suburb by The Wall Street Journal. Birmingham was named one of the coolest suburbs worth a visit by Travel + Leisure Magazine, which also named The Townsend, a four-star European style hotel, one of the world’s best hotels.
  • In addition to on-street parking, the shopping area is served by five well-located parking decks. There are over 5,000 parking spaces, most of which are free for the first 2 hours.
  • Birmingham’s prime location provides central accessibility to major transportation arteries, including I-696, I-75 and Woodward Avenue, recognized as a Michigan Heritage Route and National Scenic Byway.

Rail District ShopsThe Rail District
The Rail District is an eclectic mixed corridor with a range of commercial, service, light industrial and residential uses. Creative site planning is encouraged to promote high quality, cohesive development compatible with existing uses and adjacent single-family residential neighborhoods. Since the adoption of the Eton Road Corridor Plan in 1998, extensive investment has occurred in the area.

The Triangle District
The Triangle District serves as a transitional growth area between the central business district and the residential neighborhoods to the east.

The Triangle District is envisioned as a vibrant, mixed neighborhood filled with interesting destinations that attract people from across the region, and provide residents with an integrated neighborhood in which to live, work, shop, and recreate. The urban design plan completed in 2007 provides guidelines and recommendations to achieve this. Key retailers such as Moosejaw and Papa Joe’s are anchors in the district.

Downtown Birmingham
Downtown Birmingham is a thriving downtown retail shopping district in the heart of upscale Oakland County, Michigan. With an historic downtown, dating back to the 1830's, Birmingham offers visitors a variety of urban experiences from historic buildings, to modern retail and entertainment developments.

Downtown Birmingham has nearly 300 unique national and local retail businesses including apparel, accessory and home stores, as well as restaurants, galleries, hotels, and more.

Downtown Birmingham has more than 1.5 million square feet of retail space and 2 million square feet of office space, with a daytime population of almost 14,000. Major employers include Google, McCann World Group, Clark Hill law firm, Munder Capital Management and numerous other law, financial, architectural and advertising firms.

Notable retailers include Anthropologie, lululemon athletica, J. McLaughlin, francesca’s, Evereve, Blue Mercury, Lucy, Roots, Paper Source, Ethan Allen, Jos. A. Bank, and exclusive fashion boutiques such as Tender and Linda Dresner.

Birmingham’s nightlife and entertainment thrives with nearly 50 restaurants, including noteworthy fine dining establishments. National restaurants include Cameron’s Steak House, Mitchell’s Fish Market and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Casual dining is represented by Cosi and Panera Bread. Birmingham also features 20 movie screens at two theatres downtown.

Downtown Birmingham enjoys a very upscale clientele. CNN’s Money Magazine recently named Birmingham as one of the country’s top 10 towns with six figure incomes. The area outpaces the country in income and education levels. Per capita income exceeds the nation by 49%.