9 reasons why you should call Birmingham home

Nothing beats an afternoon stroll at Railroad Park. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

Maybe you had a job before you graduated, just wanted a last summer break, or you’re still looking for that perfect job. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresh graduate or just looking for a new place to live, here are the reasons why I fell in love with Birmingham and why I think you will too.

1. The community

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We have the best neighbors. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham now)

First and foremost, let’s give it to The Magic City community. Sweet southern charm got me, y’all. With people, businesses and organizations working together to be better neighbors and to help Birmingham be the best it can be, you really can’t find a more meaningful community.

2. The best growing culinary scene

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Automatic Seafood and Oyster makes us proud as the James Beard winner of Best Southern Chef for 2022. (Automatic Seafood/Facebook)

Was living near a Taco Mama non-negotiable for me? I can’t even be embarrassed by this fact, it’s so good! It doesn’t matter if you want casual dining, food trucks, or a fancy sit-down dinner, The Magic City has it all. Plus, it’s all the best – we’ve even just seen a chef from Birmingham win the James Beard Best Chef of the South. Here are some guides to help you find your favorite spots:

3. Picturesque suburbs

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The perfect weekend afternoon is spent on 18th Street in Homewood. (Selah Vetter / Bham Now)

Between sipping coffee in Mountain Brook and strolling 18th Street in Homewood, my “Gilmore Girls” dreams came true. Full of local cafes, bookstores and cafes, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday or an autumn afternoon than in the quaint suburb of Birmingham.

4. Coffee cups and mugs

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Cup of coffee + a book = the BEST. (Laura Beth Thomason / Bham Now)

If you’re like me, a day doesn’t begin until a cup of coffee is in my hands. With so many options, whether you’re downtown or in the suburbs, it’s hard to have just one cup. Here are my favorite places to get my caffeine fix:

5. Local breweries

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Kudos to all of our local breweries. (Beth Cunningham / Bham now)

Name a better way to relax on a summer evening, watch Saturday football or try to win a trivia game with friends than at a local beer hall. Fortunately, Bham has so many choices. back forty‘s Bama Mosa may hold my heart, but here are some of the other breweries in Magic City:

If beer isn’t really your thing, luckily Birmingham has plenty of bars to choose from, including fun rooftop bars with great views of the city.

6. The way you can shop till you drop

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Bham Now’er Nathan Watson roams the rock n’ roll section of Renaissance Records. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Between local stores and big malls like The Summit, there’s no end of ways to shop till you drop. Bham is the perfect place if you are looking for the perfect gift or want to spend a girls day. Here are some of my local stores:

7. Birmingham sports teams to cheer on

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Birmingham Squadron’s John Petty, Jr and Jared Harper help a teammate up. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

A sports game + hot dog + friends must be the best combination. Here are the teams you need to prepare to cheer on:

8. Proximity for weekend getaways

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But with such a beautiful skyline, why would you really want to leave? (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Whether returning to my hometown of Knoxville, TN, or taking a weekend getaway to the beach, Atlanta or Nashville, Birmingham is a focal point on the map. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to save money on gas and plane tickets with short trips? Weekend getaways can include:

  • gulf coasts
  • mentone
  • Mobile
  • Tishomingo County, Mississippi
  • Tupelo
  • Oxford

9. Abundance of museums

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Discover the breathtaking art. (Birmingham Art Museum)

Ready to geek? Birmingham has so many museums to visit and there are so many that are perfect for the whole family. Focusing on the city’s civil rights history, art, science and more, you can never stop learning.

If you’re wondering if you should stay or move to Birmingham, I give you the green light to go – I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Why is Birmingham your favorite place? Let us know on Instagram @BhamNow.

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