Positioned as the economic and cultural heart of the state, Birmingham is the largest city located in Alabama. This metropolitan area is comprised of more than 1.2 million people. Known as the “Magic City,” what was at one time a very insignificant and poor Southern village has turned into a thriving and rapidly growing community. Today, it is one of the top five cities for banking in the U.S. and it is a well-known commercial hub. In Downtown Birmingham, you can easily find outdoor activities, the best places to shop, and many other exciting things to do that will peak your interest. Currently Downtown Birmingham is going through a rejuvenation both culturally and economically. From lavish golf courses to casual and upscale dining, museums to historic buildings, Downtown Birmingham offers a wide variety of options for entertainment.