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The Birmingham metropolitan area, sometimes known as Greater Birmingham, is a metropolitan area in north central Alabama centered on Birmingham, Alabama.. As of 2020, the federal government defines the Birmingham–Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area as consisting of six counties (Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, and Shelby) centered on Birmingham.
The city's two largest shopping malls (Eastdale Mall and The Shoppes at Eastchase), as well as many big-box stores and residential developments, are on the east side. The area is also home of the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This 240-acre (1.0 km 2) park contains the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.