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2009 per capita income: $38,468*
2008 per capita income: $39,886*
Metro's wealth rank in U.S.: 90*±
Unemployment rate: 8.9 percent**
Most populous city in state: Birmingham***
Birmingham has about one-fourth of Alabama's total population and one-third of the state's total payroll dollars, according to the city government. The area is home to some of Alabama's most affluent communities, including Mountain Brook, Shoal Creek, Greystone, and Liberty Park. In Mountain Brook, for instance, the median list price for a home is $529,900, compared with the state average of $159,900, according to Zillow.com, and there are several Mountain Brook homes listed for sale at more than $3 million.
* Income data source: Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Census Bureau
** Uemployment data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2010, preliminary
*** Most populous city source: Statemaster.com
± Wealth rank based on a total number of 360 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)