Birmingham is located in north-central Alabama, surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Appalachian mountain range. The Birmingham area has a population of more than one million, with an abundance of housing options, entertainment, shopping, sports, and the arts. It is a major center of banking, health care, biotechnology, education, and insurance in the Southeast. Yet it is less than a day's drive from Gulf of Mexico beaches or the great mountain ranges of the Southeast. The climate is outstanding, and the cost of living is very low compared to many other areas where major universities are located.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a major urban university with more than 17,000 students and 19,000 employees, offering extensive educational and employment opportunities.
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