Birmingham Civic Center Area (July 2012)
Autumn Streetscape
In 1933, the incorporation of Birmingham from a Village was completed and the City established itself as a Home Rule City in order to address its needs in becoming a more progressive community. The City is located approximately 20 miles north of downtown Detroit and is in the southeastern portion of OaklandCounty, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. The City of Birmingham has a thriving retail shopping district with a historic downtown dating back to the 1830s. Birmingham offers a variety of urban experiences from historic buildings to modern retail and entertainment developments. This demonstrates the City’s commitment to engaging in progressive and forward planning that actively recognizes the importance of honoring the City’s past. A close but welcoming community, the City maintains its small-town feel while offering the recreational and cultural advantages of a prosperous urban area. 
  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Birmingham currently has a population of 20,103 with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) projecting growth to a population of 21,800 by 2040. 
  • The average selling price of a single-family home was $393,117 in 2013, an increase of approximately 6 percent from the prior year.
  • A pedestrian-friendly downtown with 1,500,000 square feet of retail space and 2,200,000 square feet of office space, and nearly 300 retail and service businesses.
  • Twenty-two parks with 230 acres cover more than 10 percent of the City’s total acreage, and the school district also provides recreational facilities.
  • Top 25 safest communities according to (2013).
  • Birmingham was named the 5th most successful walkable suburb in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal (2010).
  • Named one of the nation’s Top 10 “Coolest Suburbs Worth a Visit” by Travel + Leisure Magazine (August 2010).
  • One of the top 20 “Best places for a healthy retirement” according to (2009). 
  •  Birmingham was named one of the top 25 cities to live in by (2007).
  • Received the Promoting Active Communities Award from the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports in 2007 (Bronze Level), 2008 (Gold Level), 2009 (Gold Level), and 2010 (Gold Level - one of only six in the State).
Additional Information
You may also view community profile information, including demographic & economic statistics online via the SEMCOG website.