Birmingham, known as Pittsburgh of the South, is the seat of Jefferson County and the largest city in the state of Alabama, USA. This picturesque city lies in the Jones Valley at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains.
The busy Birmingham International Airport and the US interstate highway network serve the metropolitan area.
Birmingham has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers (temperatures ranging between 21°C and 31°C) and moderately cold winters (average temperatures between 1°C and 12°C). The city occasionally experiences hurricanes owing to its location near the Gulf Coast.
Birmingham has a population of nearly 250,000 people. It was founded in 1817 and is now one of the most important business hubs in south-eastern US. The major industries of Birmingham are centred on the production of iron and steel.
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