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Birmingham, Alabama
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    (December 19, 1871- )
    Located in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in Alabama
    Population 230,650 (2009)
    Most populous city in Alabama
    Nickname is 'The Magic City'
    The city's early growth was impeded by a cholera outbreak and the financial Panic of 1873.
    One of its nicknames was the 'Heaviest Corner on Earth' due to its vast steel and railroad industries.
    The Great Depression severely damaged the city's economy.
    Several racial tensions and riots erupted in the city during the 1960's.
    One of those incidents involved the murder of four African-American girls who were killed in a bomb planted inside the 16th Street Baptist Church (1963).
    It is located in the nefarious 'Tornado Alley.'
    The city has the 7th highest crime rate in the nation.
    The city is located within TWO counties.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which was located here.
    The city also served as the epicenter of the modern day Civil Rights Movement.
    Talladega Superspeedway, the largest NASCAR race track, is located in nearby Talladega, which is fifty miles east of Birmingham.
    Health care services provider HealthSouth has its headquarters located here.
    Randy Newman wrote a song about the city.
    The metropolitan area has consistently been rated as one of America's best places to work and earn a living based on the area's competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses.

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