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COMMUNITY PROFILE

Birmingham

Birmingham is a vibrant and prosperous community that has been able to maintain the feel of a small town while offering the benefits of an affluent urban area. Having been named one of the country’s “Top 20 Most Walkable Communities” Birmingham boasts a diverse assortment of fine shops, restaurants, salons, spas, art galleries, antique dealers and clothiers. This unusually high quality of life stems partly from the commitment and involvement of its citizens. Residents are elected, volunteer or are appointed to a variety of commissions, councils, committees and boards that work to maintain Birmingham’s pedestrian friendly downtown and strengthen its beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods. The City is also home to two top-rated nine-hole golf courses and beautiful award-winning parks.

Housing in Birmingham is primarily single-family homes of exceptional value in distinctive neighborhoods. Although there are few remaining building sites the city has experienced a remarkable “building boom” in recent years featuring renovations, additions and new construction in place of older less functional dwellings. Upscale townhomes, condominiums and lofts, some of which offer live/work environments have also been introduced. This continual reinvestment in housing stock has resulted in a wide variety of home styles and stable property values.

Education in Birmingham is highly valued. The schools, both public and private, offer a tradition of academic excellence that consistently rank them

ADDENDUM: Birmingham Area: 4.8 square miles. Boundaries: 14 Mile to Quarton/Big Beaver, Cranbrook Road to area east of Adams Road. Population: 20,472 (July, 2017) Median Home Sale Price: $389,000 (Jan. 2018) Median Household Income: $108,135 Economic Base: Residential with significant retail/office space. Tax Rates: (2017) Homestead 43.3812 per $1,000, Non-homestead 53.1085 Libraries: Baldwin Library, 300 Merrill, Birmingham, (248) 647-1700; Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, (248) 642-5800. Schools: Birmingham Public Schools (248) 203-3000, Community Education (248) 203-3800, Early Childhood Services (248) 203-5803, Project Find (Special Education) (248) 203-5818

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Protection: Adams Fire Station (248) 530-1900, Chesterfield Fire Station (248) 530-1970, Police Department s/b (248) 530-1870, EMS dial 911. Transportation: SMART bus fixed routes and Connector reservations call (866) 962-5515, www.smartbus.org. NEXT  provides Community Transit Service for seniors, call (248) 203-5270. Utilities: DTE Energy (electric), Consumers Energy (gas), AT&T (U-VERSE), Comcast, Wide Open West (WOW) cable, municipal water and sewer and refuse collection (call (248) 530-1700). (See Basics) City of Birmingham 151 Martin Street • P.O. Box 3001 • Birmingham 48012 (248) 530-1800 • www.bhamgov.org Additional Phone Numbers: 48th District Court…………………………………………………(248) 647-1141 Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber……………………………….(248) 644-1700 Birmingham Shopping District ....………………………………..(248) 530-1200

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle 2018 Community Guide  

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for the Birmingham Bloomfield area. Based on information content...

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle 2018 Community Guide  

The Birmingham Bloomfield Lifestyle is the premier community resource guide for the Birmingham Bloomfield area. Based on information content...