Birmingham is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama, and is located in the north central region of the state. Birmingham is the seat of Jefferson County and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area. Birmingham serves as an important regional hub and is associated with the Deep South, Piedmont, and Appalachian regions of the nation.
Birmingham is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Birmingham is ranked #154 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Birmingham was ranked #187 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Birmingham has a population of over 208,940 people. Birmingham also forms part of the wider Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,151,801 people. Birmingham is the #47 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.499 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.