Even throughout the twentieth century and the 1800s, The Magic City remained the town’s moniker. It, like Bessemer, was known for its growth in iron and steel manufacturing. With a population of 212,424 inhabitants, it is Alabama’s biggest city. In 2018, it was also the second most deadly city in the United States.
Dangerous because it has the highest number of murders (88) and the highest total of homicides (111) in 20 years till 2017. The city is claimed to have had many more murders than many larger cities.
Even during the day, it is advised to avoid biking or travelling about particular locations at night. Female alone travellers are advised to avoid Norwood, the Ensley neighbourhoods, and downtown regions due to gang-related violence. As a result, aggressive enforcement and security patrols are deployed across the city, mostly around the downtown area.
The Birmingham metro region, on the other hand, contains safer and better neighbourhoods such as Forest Part/Redmont, Mountain Brook, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Brook Highland, English Village, and others. Public transportation is also free of currency theft, so wallets and handbags may breathe freely.