Industrial city in the centre of England. My home town. Second city in England, biggest city next to London. Famous for having world class curry houses.
'Birmingham Rocks!'
by Evil-Ernie May 29, 2003
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With an area covering 103.4 square miles and a population of over 1 million, Birmingham is the second largest city in England. It is the most multicultural city in the United Kingdom, with a White population of only just under 70%.

The site of Birmingham was founded in the 6th Century by the Anglo-Saxons, but it didn't become a city until 1889.

Birmingham's motto is "Forward", and nicknames of the city include: "Brum", "Brummagem", "Second City", "City of a Thousand Trades", and "Workshop of the World", as it has been the site of many industrial inventions and revolutions throughout history. Natives of the city are known as "Brummies".

Birmingham has many sports teams, including two of the oldest professional football teams in the world. Birmingham City FC, Aston Villa FC and West Bromwich Albion are the three biggest football teams, for rugby union there is the Pertemps Bees and Moseley Rugby Club, for cricket there is Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and for basketball there is the Birmingham Panthers (formerly the Birmingham Bullets).

Although it is England's second largest city, it has the lowest crime rates than the other eight major cities of England (London, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle).
Birmingham is a wonderful and interesting city, which was once notorious for its uglyness, but since the 1970s the city has transformed into an attractive modern city, thanks to Birmingham City Council's urban redevelopment projects.

Nice areas - City Centre, Sutton Coldfield, Bournville, Harborne, Hall Green, Moseley.

Areas to avoid - Aston, Bordesley Green, Small Heath, Handsworth.
by Birmingham Tour Guide March 17, 2008
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The true second city of the UK, and any manc that says otherwise needs to come down and have a look for themselves what a great place BIRMINGHAM really is. Most people have a bad opinion of Birmingham but that's because they probably have never been here or have only seen it in the sixties when it was a concrete jungle. But now Birmingham is a proper city with everything a proper city should have. Birmingham has facilities to rival London let alone a place like manchester.
Birmingham, Second City of the UK

Birmingham, Shopping Capital of Europe

Best City in the WORLD - Birmingham
by Tolly_Ry March 9, 2007
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Usually regarded as Britain's second city, although jealous Mancunians have started a web based propaganda campaign to take this title for themselves.

In reality, they can have it - although the title should maybe go to Glasgow (historiacally) or to Leeds (by size). Birmingham should really be the first city.

It depends how you define a city - The actual City of London is tiny. So is the City of Westmister. The rest of London is an urban sprawl of various towns, cities and suburbia. 'Greater London' is very big - but does not have city status.

Birmingham is the biggest "City" in Britain by a very substantial margin
City Of Birmingham. Population: 970,892
City Of Leeds. Population: 715,404
City Of Glasgow. Population: 577,869
City Of Sheffield. Population: 513,234
City Of Bradford. Population: 467,665
City Of Edinborough. Population: 448,624
City Of Liverpool. Population: 439,477
City Of Manchester. Population: 392,819
City Of London. Population: 7,800

Remember, these are the cities, not the urban sprawls around them. Data is from the 2001 census.
by SAHBfan December 5, 2008
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aka Brom, Brummagem, etc
a historical English city of great import that often gets a bad rap.
Queen of the West Midlands, King of the Hill, and you can fly out of there, too.
I grew up in the Bull Ring in Birmingham, so people think I talk funny.
They named a town in Alabama after my city, so there is a Brom in the New World, too.
by adam_before_eve April 17, 2006
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The 2nd-biggest city in the UK, however in city terms, it is the biggest in Western Europe, having 1.1mn people living within one metropolitan district.

Has more canals than Venice.

Has an area of about 300 sq. km (100 sq. mi). Without Brum, not only would there be no guns (most bullets and guns are made to Brum standards), but half of things would not exist due to the progress made by Brummies in the industrial revolution, including municipal government (making Birmingham the oldest local authority in the world), the gas lamp, and the original Mini, the discovery of oxygen, the use of cotton wool in medicine, state banks, plastics, the steam engine.

Oh, and the bus stop and the bus timetable.

It's very multicultural - there's a mosque, a Christian youth group, and a KFC within 200m of each other.

Every single motorway passes through the city.

It's great for a night out, and the Bullring is the largest mall (by footfalls and shops per sq. m) in Europe.

It has more curry houses on one street than the Asians do.

Birmingham Uni is the first public uni in the West. In fact, UoB is nearly at breakthrough for a cancer drug.

Home of the Civil Rights movement.

Birmingham is not a concrete jungle. It has more greenery than Paris. The green in the city has made it won Greenest City 14 years in a row.

Several famous places are named after areas of Birmingham; Hollywood, Broadway, and California!

So, to conclude: Suck it London.
Alice: Birmingham? That backwater place in the Midlands?
Bob: No, jackass. Stop breathing, and get off at the next stop, because Brummies discovered both of those things.

EXAMPLE 2:
Alice: This London curry sucks.
Bob: Time to get in our Mini! Alice... TO BIRMINGHAM!
by Inhopeless May 7, 2011
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Birmingham - TRUE SECOND CITY OF THE UK!!!

1 London 7,172,091
2 Birmingham 1,000,892
3 Glasgow 629,501
4 Liverpool 469,017
5 Leeds 443,247
6 Sheffield 439,866
7 Edinburgh 430,082
8 Bristol 420,556
9 Manchester 394,269
Birmingham overtook the small mill town of manchester about 100 years ago!
by Anthony H Wilson August 30, 2008
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