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Retirement Living In Birmingham - Alabama

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Area Description

Something we hear time and again from first time visitors to Birmingham is that they never realized the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a dramatic backdrop, the city is laid out on a series of lush rolling hills, with woodland-covered neighborhoods just minutes from downtown.

That this Southern city has its own cosmopolitan personality is another eye-opener to visitors. It’s hip without being pretentious. It’s tuned-in without being pushy. It’s very cool without the exertion.

Includes Cities/Towns: Bessemer, Birmingham, Calera, Childersburg, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Jasper, Leeds, Moody, Pelham, Sylacauga, Trussville.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Birmingham is enjoying another season of the opening of a new baseball stadium for the Birmingham Barons, the city’s AA team and farm league for the White Sox. Regions Field, located across the street from beautiful Railroad Park, is designed with a commanding view of the downtown skyline. The weather is generously comfortable, which is one smart reason golfers come here from around the world. The other reason is the lure of handsome and challenging public golf courses. With the development of the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama became the Godfather of Great Golf. If there’s one particular activity that’s favored over any other for visitors to Birmingham, it likely is dining. Excellent chef-owned restaurants are plentiful around the area, from high-end dining in the posh suburb of Mountain Brook to one of the South’s longest steam tables at Niki’s West. Few cities can claim a better cluster of top-notch dining rooms than in downtown Birmingham,

Local Flavor:

where they are all practically within walking distance of each other.

Cultural Activities

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, based in Birmingham, runs a full schedule of performances year 'round with a permanent conductor and guest conductors from around the country. The Alabama Ballet, also in Birmingham, presents a year 'round schedule of new, dramatic and popular performances. More than a half dozen live theater companies play to packed houses throughout the year, and art shows highlight the talents of local and regional artists. The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the region's greatest cultural blessings, along with museums and educational facilities such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. More than 22,000 works represent cultures around the world and include highlights such as the Asian Art Collection, the Contemporary Art Collection and the Beeson Collection of Wedgwood. Take some time to learn about the city’s role in America’s Civil Rights Movement. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is the place to begin this journey. Then follow the path of the movement along the Birmingham Civil Rights Trail through Kelly Ingram Park, the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and other significant sites.

Public transportation

The Metro Area Express bus system is the primary mode of transportation in the region.

Medical Facilities

There are many.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Birmingham, Alabama?

Birmingham has four distinct seasons. The winter months are generally mild with few bitter cold days and very little snow. Spring is extended and brings a wealth of blossoming beauty in the form of dogwoods, azaleas and wisteria. Summer is very warm with daytime temperatures in the 80s and 90s but rarely above. Fall has moderate temperatures and gorgeous autumn color.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  32  43  54
 Feb  35  47  58
 Mar  42  54  67
 Apr  49  62  75
 May  58  70  81
 Jun  66  77  88
 Jul  70  80  91
 Aug  69  80  90
 Sep  63  74  85
 Oct  51  63  75
 Nov  42  54  65
 Dec  35  45  56

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  17  0
 Feb  0  11  0
 Mar  0  5  0
 Apr  0  1  0
 May  2  0  0
 Jun  10  0  0
 Jul  17  0  0
 Aug  16  0  0
 Sep  6  0  0
 Oct  0  1  0
 Nov  0  6  0
 Dec  0  14  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  5 "  10  34 %
 Feb  5 "  10  36 %
 Mar  5 "  10  42 %
 Apr  5 "  8  49 %
 May  5 "  9  59 %
 Jun  5 "  10  67 %
 Jul  5 "  11  70 %
 Aug  4 "  9  69 %
 Sep  4 "  7  64 %
 Oct  4 "  7  53 %
 Nov  5 "  9  44 %
 Dec  5 "  10  37 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, Alabama cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Senior Assistance in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, Alabama offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Birmingham Offer For Retirees?

Senior opportunities vary from Red Cross volunteers to guides at the Botanical Gardens. There are many volunteer positions at most attractions and at all health care facilities, along with opportunities in the arts.

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