Birmingham has one of the "Top Ten Bars Worth Flying For," according to GQ Magazine. The article lists the top ten bars in the world, among them "The Garages" in Birmingham for its eclectic, authentic charm. (GQ Magazine, April 2003)
Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park houses the largest collection of vintage motorcycles in the world. The park is considered the "Augusta of Motorsport," referring to the quality of the world-class course and home of the Porsche Driving Experience. "When it comes to road courses, this is going to become the spiritual home to the sport," said Roger Edmondson, president of the Grand American Road Racing Series. (Birmingham News, Spring 2003)
Bon Appetit named Birmingham's Hot & Hot Fish Club among the "Great Neighborhood Restaurants in the South." (Bon Appetit, Fall 2002)
The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the global Catholic television giant, is headquartered and broadcasts from its studios in Birmingham to millions of viewers around the world. (Birmingham News, Winter 2002)
Birmingham is Alabama's largest city.
Alabama ranks #3 in the nation in most runners per capita. (Runner's World magazine, November 2001.)
Birmingham is ranked #1 as host city for the annual PGA Senior Golf Tour. (Sports Illustrated, 2001)
Birmingham took 10th place among U.S. cities on the annual list of Fortune 500 companies. (Fortune Magazine, April 2001)
Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain is larger than New York City's Central Park and a five minutes drive from downtown. It is the second largest urban nature preserve in the country. (Birmingham News, Spring 2003)
Only New York City has more of the top 50 banks headquartered in the city. (Fortune, 2000)
Begun in 1975, Birmingham's annual "Miss Apollo Pageant" is now the second oldest continuously running drag queen pageant in the country. (Black & White City Newspaper, September, 2002)
Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s placed it "at the center of the most significant domestic drama of the 20th century..." (Newsweek, Fall 2001)
In 1995 Mercedes Benz chose a site just east of Birmingham to build its first assembly plant outside Germany. The plant produces the popular M-Class All Activity Vehicle. A $600 million expansion is currently underway.
Birmingham is the only place in the world where all the ingredients for making iron are present: coal, iron ore and limestone---all within a ten-mile radius.
Vulcan, the mythical god of metalworking, is the largest iron figure ever cast and is second in size only to the Statue of Liberty. The statue was Birmingham's entry in the 1904 World's Fair, where it won first place.
The Club's multi-colored dance floor was director John Badham's inspiration for a key icon in the definitive 1970s movie Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.
Southern Living, the nation's most successful regional magazine, is published in Birmingham.
With the opening of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail throughout the state, Alabama was called " one of America's top 10 golf destinations." (USA Today)
Birmingham is home to the nation's oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field, which opened in 1910 and hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
Saks, Inc., the nation's fourth largest department store chain, has its headquarters in Birmingham and operates 330 stores in 24 states.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Kirklin Clinic was designed by world-renowned architect I.M Pei.
Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics (2002 - bobsledding) is a track coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Birmingham, Alabama - Statistics & Facts
The population of Birmingham is approximately 265,968 (1990).
The approximate number of families is 117,691 (1990).
The amount of land area in Birmingham is 384.599 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 5.188 sq kilometers.
The distance to the Alabama state capital is 86 miles.
Birmingham is positioned 33.52 degrees north of the equator and 86.79 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Birmingham elevation is a range of between 538 and 1,200 feet. Average 620 feet above sea level.
Famous People of Alabama
Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron (1934 - ) Baseball player that holds the record for home runs and runs batted in; born in Mobile.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) Famous minister and civil rights leader; lived in Montgomery.
Mae Jemison (1956 - ) First African-American woman in space; born in Decatur.
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968) Blind and deaf author and lecturer; born in Tuscumbia.
Harper Lee (1926 - ) Pulitzer Prize author of To Kill a Mockingbird; born in Monroeville.
Rosa Parks (1913 - ) Civil rights leader who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, born in Tuskegee.
Tuscaloosa, Choctaw chief.
Joe Louis (1914 - 1981) Famous boxer; born in Lexington.
Willie Howard Mays (1931 - ) Famous baseball player; born in Westfield.
James Cleveland (Jesse) Owens (1913 - 1980) Track & Field athlete. Winner of four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics; born in Oakville.
Heather Whitestone (1973 - ) In 1995 served as the first Miss America chosen with a disability; born in Dothlan.
Hiram Hank Williams (1923 - 1953) Country western singer, born in Georgiana.
George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943), educator and agricultural chemist at Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute.
Carl Lewis (1961 - ) Olympic Gold Medallist in track and field; born in Birmingham.