Birmingham couples the charm of a small town with the amenities of an urban area, and boasts a lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown that offers one of the Midwest's premiere shopping districts.
The City of Birmingham is located in Oakland County approximately halfway between Detroit and Pontiac. Easily accessible to all major freeways and the airport, Birmingham is also bordered by Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy.
Birmingham is vibrant and prosperous, with a population of approximately 20,000. Covering only 4.73 square miles, the community is able to maintain the feel of a small town while offering the benefits and amenities of an urban area.
Nestled amid some of the nation’s most affluent suburbs, downtown Birmingham is a center for business, social, and cultural activities. The city has a lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown that offers one of the Midwest’s premier shopping districts. It comprises nearly 300 retailers and has a wonderfully diverse assortment of restaurants, clothing and gift stores, salons, spas, antique shops, and art galleries. Movie theatres and a centrally located park complete the city center.
Birmingham appreciates art and culture in its many forms. Residents can spend a summer evening listening to a concert in the park, attending one of the many festivals or music concerts, taking a Sunday morning stroll at the Farmers’ Market, browsing galleries, or taking in the latest movies at one of the two theatres. City dwellers can also enjoy one of the city’s many public art sculptures located throughout the community or attend Birmingham’s annual community-based public art installation event, Birmingham in Stitches, that promotes existing public art programs, such as the CityScapes program. Birmingham is also home to the Baldwin Public Library and the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park, established in 2001 at the former Marion and Harry Allen House and surrounding four acres and features the oldest house in Oakland County.
The recreational amenities in Birmingham are plentiful, with over 20 parks offering passive and active recreational opportunities, from tennis courts, two golf courses, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, playground equipment, and picnic areas. A wooded trail system, urban bike paths, and the Rouge River also wind their way through the heart of the city.