Tree Cheers! Other big cities are green with envy when you mention Brum's six million trees, more parks than any other European city, a record-breaking 14 consecutive gold medals from the Chelsea Flower Show and our National Britain in Bloom awards.
Read All About It! Birmingham's Central Library is the city's busiest building, Europe's largest public library and lends eight million books each year.
The population of Birmingham is approximately one million people and there are almost five and a half million people in the West Midlands region.
There are three universities and over 430 schools in the City.
Birmingham is home to many past and present rock bands including Ocean Colour Scene, Duran Duran, ELO, Dodgy, UB40, and Black Sabbath.
Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer (1841-1904) said:
"I'm here in this immense industrial city where they make excellent knives, scissors, springs, files and goodness knows what else, and, besides these, music too. And how well! It's terrifying how much the people here manage to achieve."
Sweeping success! Council staff frequently clean more than 1,300 miles (2,000 km) of roads, and empty over 4,500 litter bins, taking Birmingham to the final of the independently-judged Cleanest City Competition on numerous occasions, and emerging as outright winner a few years ago, the largest industrial city to have such a proud record.