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Impact How UAB powers Alabama’s Economy

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a powerhouse for academic, clinical and research innovation throughout the Birmingham region, statewide, nationally and throughout the globe.

With an enrollment of more than 21,500 students in 2022, employment of more than 28,000 full-time and part-time individuals, and more than 149,000 active alumni worldwide, the impacts of UAB can be felt by many throughout the world. As the largest single employer in the state of Alabama, UAB generates significant impacts for its employees and the state in terms of economic, employment and government revenue impacts on a daily basis. UAB, the UAB Health System and Southern Research drive a significant amount of the Alabama economy every year.

UAB's economic impact was measured as part of a report prepared by economic development consulting firm TrippUmbach for FY2022, following a previous study in FY2016. A summary of that report, along with the full report publication, is included on this site.


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  • UAB generates $12.1 billion in economic impact annually within the state of Alabama.
  • UAB supports 107,687 jobs throughout the state of Alabama.
  • One in every 20 jobs within the state of Alabama either is held directly by a UAB employee or is supported as a result of UAB’s presence.
  • State and local government revenue attributable to the presence of UAB totaled $371 million in FY22.
  • For every $1 in state funding received by the institution, UAB generates $39.35 in economic impact that is returned back to the state.
  • UAB faculty, staff and students generate more than $115.4 million in community impact through donations and volunteer time to local nonprofits. In addition, the UAB Health System supports more than $363.1 million in charity care to underserved populations in Birmingham and across the state.

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