Birmingham-Hoover, AL

The Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metro Area, commonly called Greater Birmingham, encompasses a 7 county in central Alabama.

In comparison to other metros, the Birmingham metro overall is relatively less densely populated, averaging around 214 people per square mile. Traditionally known in its earliest days as one of the most important industrial hubs in the Deep South, focusing on iron, steel and the railways, the metro area now is increasingly becoming the home of Asian nationalities.

Though their populations are still relatively small, many of the people groups maintain their unique socio-cultural identity by forming local ethnic associations.

Total Population: 1,145,647

(An increase of 1.56 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 46,059
  • Language Spoken at Home - 59,258

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Home to the Vulcan, the world's largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States

  • 2000-2010 saw a 75.7% Asian - Pacific Islander and a 161.4% Hispanic increase.

  • 53.4% of Asians born in the United States speak a language at home other than English, 83.2% of Asians born outside the United States speak a language at home other than English.

  • 70.2% of all Foreign Born are from an Asian ethnicity or nationality.

  • 2.2% of population born in the United States speak a language at home other then English.

  • 39.2% of foreign born population speak a language at home other than English.


The Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area is nestled in a strong Greek, Russian, and Afro-American heritage. Though these past heritages continue to hold annual festivals, events and exert an influence, the more recent influences to the area have come in terms of Asian nationalities. As a result, Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, and even a Sikh temple are regular places for these new Asian nationalities to visit. In addition, one can easily find the various Asian nationalities in the many ethnic restaurants and businesses scattered throughout the Metropolitan area.

A few ethno-linguistic people groups now calling the Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area their home are: Mandarin speaking Chinese, Vietnamese, Northern Yemeni, and several different South Asian Indian people groups.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 27 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
MarathiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism200
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,500
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism748
Arab, Northern YemeniYemenNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia500
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam - Other / Marginal243
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism200
TeluguIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism200
Arab, PalestinianIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam200
Arab, YemeniYemenNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia200
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam200
PunjabiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam200
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam200
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,905
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant1,000
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox942
Filipino, TagalogSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic720
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox414
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic394
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic309
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox272
NepaliNepalSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism200
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity200
Arab, LebaneseLebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam200
TamilIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism200
GuatemalanGuatemalaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic200

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Birmingham-Hoover Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...

Ethnic Links

Birmingham Chinese Festival Association - a listing, explanation, plus activities being held during the various Chinese festivals held throughout the Metro Area.

Alabama Asian Foundation - a Facebook page providing recent events and news from a vast array of Asian ethnic groups.

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