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State: Alabama
County: Jefferson, Shelby
Population (2010): 212,237
Climate: Humid subtropical with hot summer highs in the low 90s (F), and mild winter lows in the mid 30s (F).
Time Zone: Central / Central Daylight
Birmingham's Top Venues: BJCC (Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center), Verizon Wireless Music Center, Legion Field
Teams in Birmingham: UAB Blazers Football, UAB Blazers Basketball
Featured Events in Birmingham: BBVA Compass Bowl

Anyone who wants to gain a sense of what it's like to experience the Deep South will surely find what they're looking for in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is known as one of the nation's largest steel and iron producers, prompting some to refer to it as the Pittsburgh of the South. Although the textile and manufacturing industry remains strong to this day, the city is home to several others, including banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care and college education.

Steeped in tradition and southern pride, Birmingham is one of the athletic focal points of the Southeastern states, especially since it's home to one of the most popular football and basketball teams in the country - the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers. The area's minor league baseball stadium, Regions Park, is where the Birmingham Barons play. Motor racing is extremely popular in Birmingham, which is home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the nearby Talladega Superspeedway, the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Grand-Am races.

Those who would rather sample sports of a more leisurely nature will be wooed by the fact that Birmingham is famous when it comes to fishing. Birmingham was recently dubbed "Bass Capital of the World" by ESPN and Bassmaster magazine. Cycling and mountain biking are also rather prominent in the area, as nearby Oak Mountain State Park hosts annual racing events like the Bump N' Grind mountain bike race.

On the other hand, Birmingham fosters a vibrant art scene. The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex houses a theater, concert hall, a sports and concert arena, as well as exhibition halls for local painters. Anyone who wishes to experience authentic jazz can visit the historic Carver Theatre, which is home to the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Birmingham is a vibrant metropolis that can easily please a diverse crowd of visitors, offering qualities completely unique to the Deep South and the traditions that founded it. Whether one is simply looking to spend a few days in the city or while the days away for a few weeks, he or she can be guaranteed there will always be something incredible to do and unforgettable to see.

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