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Old 06-18-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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Hello! My husband is interviewing for positions in Birmingham and Huntsville. I grew up in TN, but currently live in Central NY (Syracuse). We have two boys, 4 and 8, and am a little concerned about moving somewhere where we might lose the diversity that we have here. My children see no color.....any thoughts on comparing the two areas?

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Old 06-19-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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I like both cities. I think my recommendation is really dependent on what is most important to you in terms of priorities.

As far as the diversity issue is concerned, both cities have advanced well beyond the stereotypes. I'm not going to kid you and say that it's Camelot (Just like any city in America), but the stereotypes you see on television and the movies simply do not exist any more.

In terms of diversity, I would argue that Birmingham has a great deal more of it.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Birmingham is cosmopolitan. Huntsville is a small city. Religion is far more important in Huntsville and north Alabama, even though it is a big factor in B'ham.

Huntsville schools are in an uproar now and cutting back due to costs.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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...but not all Huntsville area schools are in an uproar. Madison County and Madison City schools are rocking along fine.

Huntsville is a small city compared to Birmingham, but in my experience, I've found it more diverse than Birmingham. I think it's due to the type of industries you find here. As a whole, it seems to have a higher proportion of educated professionals, certainly in the engineering and technical fields.

Again, just what I've seen.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Huntsville schools are still in better shape than Birmingham city schools. Of course, more than likely the OP would be looking at a suburb to live in. So, you have to check the school system, and often the individual school.
And there are private schools, but they're not as prevalent as in some areas of the country.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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...but not all Huntsville area schools are in an uproar. Madison County and Madison City schools are rocking along fine.

Huntsville is a small city compared to Birmingham, but in my experience, I've found it more diverse than Birmingham. I think it's due to the type of industries you find here. As a whole, it seems to have a higher proportion of educated professionals, certainly in the engineering and technical fields.

Again, just what I've seen.
Well, this is subjective but, having spent a lot of time in both cities, I'd say that Birmingham has more diversity, what with the huge medical center, UAB, and research. Meanwhile, Huntsville seems to be a good deal more whitebread to me. I guess it really depends on what part of town you frequent.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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I went to school in Huntsville and I've lived in Birmingham all my life. I would defintitel say Birmingham has the edge in diversity. The only thing you might say about hville is that it has more of a specific type of engineer particularly aerospace, but there are loads of technical people here in other fields as well as every other background, field or
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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I went to school in Huntsville and I live in Birmingham. While you might say hville has more
Aerospace engineers and people working in that field, bham has as many and much more of technical people working in other fields. Plus there all kinds of people around doing everything else so the 'Ham has far more diversity.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Dothan, Alabama
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Birmingham is cosmopolitan. Huntsville is a small city. Religion is far more important in Huntsville and north Alabama, even though it is a big factor in B'ham.

Huntsville schools are in an uproar now and cutting back due to costs.
Yes Birmingham is a large city, but I wouldn't call Huntsville a small city. I would compare the Huntsville-Decatur area to the Raleigh-Durham area which is a relatively largely populated and develped area.
So bottom line, if you want something like Richmond, Virginia forsay, then Birmingham is for you, but If you want something Similar to what you are used to like Syracuse or like Raleigh-Durham or Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL then Huntsville is right for you! Good luck!
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