Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama, with a population of over 200,000. The city was founded after the Civil War in the late 1800s, as a merger between three small Alabama towns. Today, Birmingham is one of the cultural hubs of the south, with a major business presence in industries such as steel and iron. Birmingham has a tremendous protestant influence as well as a large educational system which has helped to further education in other similar southern cities.
Transportation within the city limits is mostly done by private vehicles, on major highways such as Interstate 20, Interstate 65, Interstate 59, Interstate 22, and Interstate 459. The Elton B. Stephens Expressway runs through downtown Birmingham and connects to U.S. Highway 31 and U.S. Highway 280. 3 major railroad stations can be found in Birmingham, many of which service the steel and iron industries, taking them to other southern manufacturing centers throughout the region.