Thinking of moving to Birmingham? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Birmingham has to offer.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £3m
- Overall average house price in Birmingham: £164,101
- Cheapest property: 2 bedroom apartment at £10,000.
Property Investment 🏠🏠
Birmingham’s population of just over 1.1 million reflects youthful profile, with a “bulge” of those between the ages of 20-24, stemming largely from the large student population.
- More than 45% of the population is over 30 (national average 39.4%)
- Only 13.1% of the population is over 65 (national average 17.6%)
- In the past decade, the population of Birmingham has grown steadily – as the result of fewer deaths, more births and immigration from abroad.
- In terms of its economic importance, Birmingham is second only to London
- By the 1960s household incomes in the city outgrew those even of London and the southeast
- The economy has faltered since the crisis of 2008 but is well poised to make a comeback
- It is the most favoured city in which to locate a business after London and Manchester.
Location and Transport 🚌
- The city is one of the most strategically placed, right in the heart of the country
- Its mainline train station, New Street, is currently undergoing redevelopment and times to London are just an hour and twenty minutes and Manchester is about the same distance away
- In addition to an extensive network of bus routes across the city, Birmingham is also linked to Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston by Midland Metro.
- Birmingham has four principal universities – University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Aston University and the former teaching college, Newman University, Birmingham
- There are 76 non-selective secondary schools, 8 grammar schools and 41 independent, academy and faith schools
- It is possible to apply online for a place in a state-funded secondary school or academy.
- Birmingham has played a major role in the industrialisation of Britain, yet is set in the heart of the country, surrounded by quintessentially English countryside
- Its central location makes it accessible from practically any corner of the country and it well served by road, rail and tram networks, together with the nearby East Midlands Airport
- In recent years, the city has promoted its many shopping opportunities and it is, of course, host to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
Finally, did you know …
- The city takes its name from “home (ham) to the people of the Birm (or Beorma) tribe”
- The city claims to have 6 million trees and more parks than any other European city
- Plastic was invented by Birmingham-born Alexander Parkes and the name originally given to the material was Perkensine.