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Area Police Stations

Birmingham Police Department
A C Roper(Chief of Police)
1710 1st Avenue North,
Birmingham, AL, 35203

BNSF Railway Police
Bryan A Schaffer(Senior Special Agent/K-9 Handler)
1801 4th Street West,
Birmingham, AL, 35204-1611

UAB Police Department
Anthony B Purcell(Chief of Police)
1117 14th Street South,
Birmingham, AL, 35205

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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.

Birmingham ( /ˈbɜrmɪŋhæm/ BUR-ming-ham) is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 212,237 according to the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one-quarter of Alabama's population.

Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. It grew from there, annexing many more of its smaller neighbors, into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham was named for Birmingham, one of the major industrial cities of the United Kingdom. Many, if not most, of the original settlers who founded Birmingham were of English ancestry. In one writer's view, the city was planned as a place where cheap, non-unionized, and African-American labor from rural Alabama could be employed in the city's steel mills and blast furnaces, giving it a competitive advantage over industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

From its founding through the end of the 1960s, Birmingham was a primary industrial center of the South. The pace of Birmingham's growth during the period from 1881 through 1920 earned its nicknames The Magic City and The Pittsburgh of the South. Much like Pittsburgh, Birmingham's major industries were iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry, where rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham. In the field of railroading, the two primary hubs of railroading in the Deep South were nearby Atlanta and Birmingham, beginning in the 1860s and continuing through to the present day. The economy diversified during the later half of the twentieth century. Though the manufacturing industry maintains a strong presence in Birmingham, other businesses and industries such as banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education, and insurance have risen in stature. Mining in the Birmingham area is no longer a major industry with the exception of coal mining. Birmingham ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States and is also one of the largest banking centers in the United States. In addition, the Birmingham area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial. Five Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Birmingham.