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The local area guide to living in Birmingham
Birmingham is a city in the West Midlands, England, and has long been established as one of the vital industrial centres in the country. As the second biggest city in the UK after London, it is also a commercial and cultural centre, and its economy is an enormous driver for the region.
The city famously has a distinctive culture, history and even accent that differentiates itself from the rest of the country. The locals are colloquially known as 'brummies', and famous examples include John Cadbury (founder of the famous chocolate and sweets company), J.R.R Tolkein, and lead singer of Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne.
Information about the local residents
Birmingham officially registers as the UK's largest local authority, with a population of 1,073,000 as of the 2011 census. There are just over 400,000 households in the city, at an average price of £158,743 - far lower than the average for the rest of the country at £238,393. Just over half of households in Birmingham are either owned outright or with a mortgage.
Birmingham is particularly known for its startling ethnic diversity, having attracted lots of immigrant communities over the decades thanks to its powerful economy.
Families will find themselves with plenty of choices of schools. With nearly 300 state primaries and nearly 100 state secondary’s in the city, parents can choose a school based on their preference of faith, curriculum and co-educational policy. Well over 10% of the primary schools in Birmingham are rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, meaning the overall quality is good. 5 secondary schools have performed at such a high level that 100% of pupils were awarded 5 or more GCSEs.
There are also 4 universities within the area, with a total of around 70,000 students. These include the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, the University of Warwick, and Aston University.
Birmingham is exceptionally well connected in terms of public transport. The Birmingham New Street station is the busiest railway station in the UK outside of London, and offers direct services to almost any location a commuter or traveller could want. It is also just an hour and 45 minutes to London. In addition, there are regular and reliable bus services in the city.
Drivers will find Birmingham very easily accessible. Several major artery motorways link to the city including the M6, M5, M40 and M42 - meaning it is connected to every major region and city in England and Wales. Just a couple of hours by car from London, and less than that from Manchester, Birmingham is well situated.
The city also has its own international airport, one of the major airports of the UK, just 6 miles from the centre of the city and easily accessible via train.
Birmingham is well stocked with shops for all tastes and budgets. The Bullring Shopping Centre is enormous, and has every high street brand imaginable plus some interesting boutiques. The city also has some excellent farmers’ markets, and all the international influences mean that there are plenty of fantastic exotic markets, clothing stores and restaurants. The famous Balti triangle has a large array of Asian fabrics and jewellery.
Restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs are everywhere. From Michelin starred venues to cosy, friendly gastropubs, there's something for everyone. Notably, there are more Asian and Indian restaurants in Birmingham than any other city in the UK.
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