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Birmingham (the 'Ham' is pronounced, unlike the British Birmingham) is a city located in Jefferson County, Alabama. As of the 2000 census, its population is 242,820. It is the largest city in Alabama, and the county seat of Jefferson County. Birmingham is one of the principle cities in the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Area. The Birmingham-Hoover area is made up of Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker Counties. The population of the metro area as of the 2000 census was 1,052,238. It is the 48th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Birmingham geography

Birmingham is located at 33°31'29" North, 86°48'46" West (33.524755, -86.812740).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 393.5 km² (151.9 mi²). 388.3 km² (149.9 mi²) of it is land and 5.3 km² (2.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.34% water.

Birmingham history

Birmingham was founded in 1871 at a railroad junction just to the west of the still-standing Arlington House museum, and was named for the English city of Birmingham. Through the early 20th century, due largely to its abundant mineral reserves, Birmingham grew rapidly, and soon became a leading industrial center. The mushrooming early development of the city led to its nickname of "The Magic City". Its economy was based largely upon iron and steel production and for that reason it also became known as the "Pittsburgh of the South".

Birmingham was hit hard by the Great Depression in the 1930s. The city's economy subsequently evolved into a more service-, research-, and engineering-oriented system.

In the 1950s and 60s Birmingham received national and international attention as a center of the civil rights struggle for African-Americans. Most notoriously, four black girls were killed in a church bombing in 1963. However, like most industrial cities, the economy and population have suffered since the 60's. It's population has fallen from 340,887 in 1960 to 242,820 in 2000, a loss of about 45%.

In 1979 Birmingham elected its first African-American mayor.

In 1996 Birmingham hosted early rounds of Olympic soccer in Legion Field

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