The city of Birmingham, also called "The Magic City", "Pittsburgh of the South" was incorporated in December 19, 1871 and encompasses the following counties: Jefferson, Shelby. Birmingham's government type is Mayor – Council. It is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently William A. Bell.
Birmingham encompasses land area: 149.9 sq mi (388 km2), water area: 2.0 sq mi (5 km2). The elevation is 644 ft (196 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 212,237. This equates to a population density of 1,415.85/sq mi (546.66/km2). Anyone living in the city is commonly known as a "Birminghamian". The local time zone is CST (UTC-6).
Local area codes are 205. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 01-07000, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at http://www.birminghamal.gov.