Have you ever wondered what attracts people to a city and keeps them there? Birmingham is a beautiful and vibrant city that is attractive to both residents and businesses. But according to an article published by Crain’s Detroit Business, it’s not jobs, the economy or safety that keeps residents and businesses happy and creates prosperity in Birmingham.
A study published by soulofthecommunity.org was done by the John S. and James L. Knight and Gallup foundations of 26 cities for three years. The results show that the daily quality of life, physical beauty (which Birmingham has plenty of), the opportunities for socializing and the city’s openness to all people attract residents and businesses to a particular community and keeps them there. The cities with the highest rates of attachments had the highest economic growth. People passionate about their community are what make a city grow.
This study is important because it shows that passionate residents and business owners who love their community are what create economic growth, and it could be a valuable resource for leaders of the city. Knowing what attracts people to the city of Birmingham should inspire community leaders to keep the city beautiful, provide opportunities for residents to gather at social events and create an open, friendly environment for all to feel a part of. Economic growth will follow, which is what every city wants.