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Birmingham, Alabama: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama, USA. It can be found nestled at the cross section of two major railroads at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The city used to be the industrial center of the southern regions of the US, and during the manufacturing age, its people grew so quickly in number that it was termed as the "magic city."

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Today, this city is a hub for medical research, banking, and service-based industries. It covers 5,332 miles of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and the major part of Birmingham itself is 151 square miles.

Characterized by winters that are mild, plenty of rainfall, and summers that are really hot, Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate. The city has Christian churches in the hundreds. It is home to a number of museums and numerous cultural festivals. Birmingham City Schools system serves Birmingham, Alabama. Buffalo Rock Company and The Coca-Cola Bottling Company United are located in the city.

Birmingham Demographics

The US Census as on April 1, 2010, noted that the population in Birmingham was at 212,237. The 2017 estimates show that there are 210,710 citizens as on July 1 that year. There are more women than men in this region, the female population accounting up to 53.1 percent of the total, while 20.6 percent of the population are children below the age of 18.

In the race and ethnic demographics, about 22.6 percent of the population of Birmingham is made up of white people, while 72 percent of the population is African American. The Hispanic and Latino population make up 3.4 percent while those of mixed races add up to 1.3 percent. About 5.1 percent of the overall population speaks a language other than English at home.

There are a total of 90,475 households in Birmingham, and the population density in the region is 1,453 persons per square mile.

Education, Employment and income in Birmingham

The US Census in its 2012 to 2016 estimates noted that among the population aged above 25 years, 85.6 percent are high school graduates, some of whom also pursued higher education. About 25 percent of the population holds a bachelor's degree, among whom some have taken on further studies.

Up to 59.7 percent of the population is aged above 16 years and is part of the civilian labor force. About 57.9 percent among those in the labor force are women.

The median household effective buying income (MSA) as it was observed in 2010 was at $ 31,827, while the per capita income that year stood at $ 19,775. According to the 2012 to 2016 census, the Median income increased to $ 32,404 in 2016 and the per capita income to $ 20,791. However, it must be noted that Birmingham has a high rate of poverty. About 29.4 percent of the population are earning below the poverty levels.

Crime in Birmingham, Alabama 

The violent crime rate in Birmingham, Alabama, is 1,483 per 100,000 residents. This has been attributed as to the high levels of poverty, and the city has been marked by Forbes among the ten most dangerous cities in the United States. The crime rate has, however, dropped by 40 percent since the 1990s.

According to the Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) program by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States, there were 36,172 incidences reported in the city in 2012. Among them are 3,237 cases of violent crime, 67 cases of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, 152 cases of rape, 983 cases of robbery, 2,035 cases of aggravated assault, 14,788 cases of property crime, 4,704 cases of burglary, 9.042 cases of larceny-theft, 1,042 cases of motor vehicle theft and 117 cases of arson.

In 2011, there were 3,163 cases of violent crime, 54 cases of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, 182 cases of rape, 1,011 cases of robbery, 1,916 cases of aggravated assault, 17,841 cases of property crime, 5,806 burglaries, 10,522 larceny-thefts, 1,513 motor vehicle thefts and 123 cases of arson.

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