Birmingham is now the UKs second-largest city.  It has a population of roughly 1.1 million people within the city area, 2.9 million within the urban designated areas and a 4.3 million population within the metropolitan area.  It actually lies within the most populated district in England. 

Birmingham is often called “the second city of the United Kingdom”.

Birmingham’s growth and industrial prosperity were stimulated because the city became the centre of a canal system that connected London, the Bristol Channel, the Mersey, and the Humber

No less than 6 universities make it the largest centre of higher education in the country outside London.

Birmingham has several major cultural institutions.  Some of these include – the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts –

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe with 39% of the population being made up of under 25’s.The city has an influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes.

Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham is the 4th most regularly visited city in the United Kingdom by visitors from overseas.

238,313 Birmingham residents were born overseas, of these, 44% (103,682) have been resident in the UK for less than 10 years.

Birmingham location

Located in the West Midlands county and region in England, it is approximately 100 miles (160 km) from Central London.  Birmingham is one of the United Kingdom’s major cities.  It is considered to be the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of both the East and West Midlands. 

Birmingham has 2-3 small rivers flowing through it, the River Tame and its tributaries River Rea and River Cole –

One of the closest main rivers is the Severn, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the city centre.

The historic core of Birmingham, complete with Edgbaston as well as the northerly neighbourhoods such as Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, and Sheldon, lies in the county of Warwickshire. 

Northwestern neighbourhoods; namely Handsworth,Kingstanding, and Harborne in the southwest lie in the countyof Staffordshire. 

Southern and eastern neighbourhoods—Bartley Green, Northfield, Moseley, and Yardley—lie in Worcestershire.

Birmingham is divided into ten parliamentary constituencies, each of which elects one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons in London.

The city is divided in to 69 wards, which elect either one or two councillors to be members of the City Council.

Birmingham climate

The climate of Birmingham is oceanic, with cool, rainy winters and mild, relatively rainy summers. The city is located at an altitude of 140 meters (460 feet). Given the location in an area away from the sea, the temperature can drop considerably in colder months. In fact the cold record, set in 1982, was -20.8 °C (-5 °F). Snow falls more regularly than it does in the rest of England, and it averages a good 86 cm (34 in) per year. Precipitation amounts to 665 millimetres (26.2 inches) per year: It ranges from 45 mm (1.8 in) in the driest months (April, July) to 65 mm (2.6 in) in the wettest ones (January, December). There are around 1,400 sunshine hours per year. So, the sun doesn’t shine often.

Birmingham property

During 2018, house price growth in Birmingham ran at around 5.5%.  this was better than the national average of 3.5%. … 

Birmingham has seen prices rise by 211% over the last 20 years – a value change of £140,000 – and 45% over the last decade according to Zoopla, some of the highest increases in the country

Birmingham Rental Statistics

Demand for Birmingham has grown massively over the last few years and looks set to continue in 2020 as the “Big City Plan” provides new amenities, mixed-use spaces and exciting new landmarks. With 40% of the city’s core inhabitants under-25, Birmingham maintains the 4th highest graduate retention rate – 41% year-on-year of over 100,000 full-time students. 

Birmingham has also seen demand bolstered by people moving from overseas and London. Birmingham is the most popular location for Londoners leaving the capital according to the Office for National Statistics and four major universities in the city attracts a range of international students from across the globe.

This has meant there is an undersupply of property and increases in rental potential within the city have been exerienced– JLL predict that rental prices will increase by 12.5% over the next three years, demonstrating the long-term staying power that Birmingham is building.

Rent property in Birmingham

Figures from the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) show that average rents in the region have decreased from £629 between January and March to £621 between April and June, in contrast to the national trend which has tended to be growing slightly. The UK as a whole also experienced an increase in average monthly rents, with prices rising from £757 to £771 a month between April and June 2019 – an increase of 1.79%.

On average, people in the West Midlands spend 27% of their wages on rent.

According to the DPS, the increase between April and June is the first significant uplift in rents since the average monthly UK rental price began to decline at the end of 2017.

London continues to be the most expensive place to rent in the UK, with average monthly rents increasing from £1,288 between January and March to £1,319 between April and June (an increase of 2.42%).

Outside of London, the average monthly rent now stands at £673, an increase of £10 (1.50%) compared to January-March.

While all property types experienced a rise in average rent across the UK, the largest increase was seen for terraced properties, rising from £699 to £731 (4.59%).

Average rent in the UK represents 32% of the average UK salary.

Buy property in Birmingham

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January 2020, Zoopla identified a number of cities with the best prospects for the year ahead – using a range of metrics including housing affordability, discounts to asking price and time to sell – and Birmingham was one of them. 

The city took 5th spot, cited as one of the locations where continued economic growth and better affordability made for an appealing purchasing backdrop.

The latest figures from Rightmove put the average asking price of a property in Birmingham City Centre at £214,727.  Sold prices 7% up on the previous year and 12% up on 2017 when the average house price was £192,288. 

The future also promises growth, with Knight Frank predicting that residential property prices will rise across the region by nearly 11% over the next five years, while it claims increasing demand means Birmingham will need 12,000 – 18,000 new homes.

Prices in Birmingham can vary greatly, however.

Working in Birmingham

Birmingham’s economy is now dominated by the service sector despite remining as the leading centre of Britain’s light and medium industry. Often referred to as “the city of 1,001 different trades,” Birmingham city is a major international commercial hub as well as an important transport, retail, and conference location. 

Its metropolitan economy is the second largest in the United Kingdom 

Birmingham Economic Growth

Birmingham is one of the most well-connected cities in the UK – a fact that heavily contributes to its economic success. When compared to 2018 figures, Birmingham saw a number of increases in key economic metrics in 2019: • Resident Unemployment = Decreased by 7%• Economic Output (GVA) = Increased by 3.6% (£985m)• Resident Employment = Increased to 65% (5,800)• Business Startups = Increased by 27% (65 per 10,000)

While future growth is expected to be linked to a concrete Brexit deal, it’s likely any performance will be below the norm – any deal which could be formed will likely not provide better trading conditions than what we have currently. That said, economic performance is expected to be much stronger in Birmingham when compared to the rest of the UK – GVA growth in the second city is expected to average 2.6% p.a compared with UK GDP forecasts which sit at 2.0% p.aduring 2020. 

Job growth follows a similar story – employment growth in the city is expected to average around 1.1% p.a over the next five years, well above the national average of 0.5% p.a.

The headline stat for the Birmingham property price forecast for 2020 has to be the 15% increase that the city is expected to see. While growth has been above-average for Birmingham over the last three years, the sheer scale of the demand is ensuring that the city can maintain that momentum in 2020 and beyond – at which point it will be accelerated by the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Buying a car in Birmingham

Buying a new or used vehicle is a big decision — both financially and in terms of the amount of time we spend in our cars. 

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Universities in Birmingham

There are five universities in Birmingham:

Aston University;

Students from over 120 countries choose to study at Aston University – a safe and friendly campus enjoyed by a global, multicultural community. Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities and home to an unrivalled cultural heritage, top sporting events, music, performing arts and outstanding world cuisine.

TEF Gold

A new Government league table, The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), considered to be a game changer for UK universities due to its unprecedented emphasis on teaching quality and student satisfaction, has given Aston University a Gold award – the highest possible accolade. TEF, published on 22 June 2017, found that students from all backgrounds achieve ‘consistently outstanding outcomes’ at Aston, with very high proportions of students going into highly skilled employment or further study.

Birmingham City University

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment.

Birmingham University

Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.

Newman University

Newman is a different kind of university; we’re driven by the belief that higher education should enable us to develop new ways of understanding the world, and help make a positive impact within it. Our students become independent thinkers with ambition, empathy, and a lifelong love for learning.

We’re a friendly community of staff and students, and our small class sizes mean that academic staff can give personal care and attention to each student.

Reports frequently highlight the positive experience of students and individual attention offered by Newman’s staff.

University College Birmingham

Degrees accredited by the University of Birmingham, industry-led college courses and innovative apprenticeships that offer you the chance to earn while you learn. An expanding campus with outstanding facilities to develop your industry skills, unrivalled placement opportunities and award-winning teaching staff. Just a few reasons why we are so popular with students looking for exciting, vocational courses designed to get their careers off to a flying start.

A welcoming university with strong industry links, we have invested £130 million into our campuses in the heart of the city over recent years, while we are also recognised by government and employer bodies as a centre of vocational excellence