The City of Birmingham, Michigan is located in Oakland County, approximately 6 miles north of the City of Detroit. The Community was settled in 1819 as part of Bloomfield Township. In 1836, a local foundry owner, Roswell Merrill, envisioned the community having a prosperous industrial future and proposed re-naming it after Birmingham, England, birthplace of the industrial revolution. This new name was adopted in 1838. It was not until 1864 that the Village of Birmingham was officially incorporated. Although Mr. Merrill's vision was not completely realized, the City of Birmingham did begin to prosper as a retreat for wealthy Detroit business owners. The City played an important role in the development of the auto industry, gaining notoriety as a prominent business area. In 1932, the village was incorporated as the City of Birmingham.
Today, the City of Birmingham is a vibrant, prosperous community, with a population of approximately 20,000. Covering only 4.73-square-miles, the community is able to maintain the feel of a small town, while experiencing the benefits of an affluent urban area. The City of Birmingham has a lively, pedestrian friendly downtown offering one of the Midwest’s premier shopping districts. A diverse assortment of fine shops, restaurants, art galleries, antique dealers, and clothiers await visitors. In a city with so many cultural and recreational amenities as the City of Birmingham, this indeed is a place in to "live, shop, and play."
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