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Birmingham 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 Statistical 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, United Kingdom, one of the UK's major industrial cities. 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.

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It's official: El Nino is here

15 Feb 2019 12:09:20 Z

How long do researchers expect it to last?

Got your umbrella? Your raincoat? Your ark? Heavy rain possible next week

14 Feb 2019 18:09:02 Z

Up to 5 inches possible through next week in parts of the state.

Isolated strong storms and heavy rain possible today in parts of Alabama

12 Feb 2019 13:02:03 Z

A tornado can't be ruled out, either.

SEC basketball predictions: Alabama puts Florida out of its misery

15 Feb 2019 22:09:18 Z

Alabama can start a substantial winning streak if it can beat Florida at Coleman Coliseum, and Auburn should trounce Vanderbilt.

SEC basketball power rankings: Expect nice month for Auburn, Alabama

11 Feb 2019 00:35:21 Z

Auburn (16-7) and Alabama (15-8) have stayed on pace to make the NCAA Tournament, and could improve their seeds in the final month.

SEC basketball predictions: Alabama to exorcise Memorial Gym demons

10 Feb 2019 15:17:54 Z

Alabama (14-8) can stay on track for the NCAA Tournament by beating last-place Vanderbilt, but Memorial Gym has been inhospitable to the Tide.

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