Addiction and Treatment Statistics for Birmingham, Alabama

Anyone who is looking for the hustle and bustle of a big city will appreciate what Birmingham has to offer. Birmingham has a population of 212,000 people, and it is located in central Alabama, as the county seat of Jefferson County. It encompasses 150 square miles, although the greater metropolitan area is much larger and is home to over 1 million people.

The weather in Birmingham is just what people expect from the deep South. Summers are quite hot and humid, with average daytime highs above 80 degrees from May through September. Winters are mild, with daytime highs typically above 50 degrees and lows usually above freezing, although there is an occasional dusting of snow.

Traveling to Birmingham

Anyone looking to visit or move to Birmingham will have an easy time getting there. Because Birmingham is such a large city, traveling to the city and getting around is very convenient. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has over 100 flights each day to more than 40 cities, many of which are large hubs with connections to the whole country. Once in the city, the Birmingham bus and trolley systems make it easy to reach most locations.

Travelers can choose from hundreds of hotels, motels, and inns scattered throughout the metropolitan area. There is sure to be something available in anyone’s budget and desired neighborhood. Many of the hotels in the downtown area are within walking distance of theaters, shopping, and dozens of diverse restaurants.

Life in Birmingham

People who spend some time in Birmingham often find themselves wanting to stay. Cultural events, entertainment, fine dining, shopping, and other recreational opportunities abound in Birmingham, which helps keep life interesting. Like other cities of its size, Birmingham does have its fair share of difficulties, though. Alcohol abuse and substance abuse are problems in Birmingham, and the city is known as a hot-spot for prescription drugs, especially narcotics. This can pose some difficulties for people who have completed rehab and are trying to get their life back in order.

The economy in Birmingham is thriving, with many different types of job opportunities available. One of the single largest employers is the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Other industries with many jobs include steel production and processing, banking, insurance, construction, health care, and soft drink bottling. Because of the abundant jobs, good salaries, and low cost of living, Birmingham is an ideal place to live, work, and build net worth.

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