Birmingham earned its Magic City moniker as a booming steel city in the late 19th century, but lately the magic comes from the city’s transformation as a dining mecca and urban renewal hotspot – and UAB is right in the middle of it.
The UAB School of Medicine, perhaps more than most medical schools, is integral to our city. UAB’s enterprise is vital to the economic health and vitality of the city, the state and the region. Birmingham is also vital to UAB, and word is starting to spread about the great things the region offers.
Because of Birmingham’s rapid growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city has an international flavor and diversity unusual in the South. This diversity has been enhanced in recent decades by the phenomenal growth of UAB, which is now the state’s largest employer. The population of the metropolitan area is more than 1,130,000 people, making Birmingham large enough to be cosmopolitan, yet small enough to retain its Southern charm.
A few of the Magic City’s attractions include the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Railroad Park, Regions Field, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Oak Mountain State Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Barber Motorsports Museum and Park, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Zoo, and the McWane Science Center. The Gulf of Mexico’s renowned beaches are a few hours’ drive to the south, and the Smoky Mountains are a few hours to the north. Atlanta and Nashville are less than three hours away.
To learn more about what national publications are saying about Birmingham, as well as to find suggestions for exploring the region, visit www.uab.edu/medicine/home/birmingham.