Living in a Birmingham postcode no longer commands a grimace of pity or laser-beam looks of disdain.
According to figures produced by the Office for National Statistics, 58,220 people aged between 30 and 39 left London between June 2012 and June 2013 – the highest number on record.
5,480 of those people moved to Birmingham – ahead of Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham then Oxford.
If you’re newly arrived in the city, there are parts of Birmingham that even the locals don’t know.
From sacred temples to Victorian urinals, Birmingham is a grand melting pot of culture, history and struggle.
If you’re around, be sure to check some of these places out.
Hidden behind the bramble bushes and weeds of industrial Tividale, this temple (once you arrive) is a majestic hidden treasure.
Perhaps the best stop-off along Birmingham’s canals gives entrance to a historical lock, nestled north of the city centre just half a mile south along the A441 from Kings Norton train station.
Take a short walk (left off the A441) through a car park, some empty playing fields, and down a well-defined dirt track and you’ll find Junction 72 along the Worcestershire and Birmingham canal.
Here there’s a red brick bridge with a modicum of monochrome graffiti to each side. Venture over the original cobbles and onto the Stratford-on-Avon canal and you’ll discover Guillotine Lock at Kings Norton Junction, lovingly restored in 2012 (from 1814) and since daubed in its own scribbles of colourful graffiti.
The second best place to stop off along Birmingham’s canals and the best place to take a stroll.
4. Lickey Hills
To the south of the city there are the Lickey Hills which cover an area of 524 acres.
JRR Tolkein moved nearby towards the end of his life and the Lickeys joins a host of city features proposed to have influenced his conception of Middle Earth.
5. The Green, Kings Norton
Played host to the BBC’s Restoration programme in recent years because of the old Saracen’s Head pub and the old Schoolhouse, which subsequently won the programme.
Built in 1903 Cadbury’s offered the Kings Norton and Northfield Urban District Council a piece of land to build a public swimming baths, slipper or spray baths and washhouse.
It’s now a community hub where you can barn dance!
The largest Gurdwara in Europe can be found in Birmingham.
8. Soho Road
Immortalised by UB40 who used to sign on the dole here, it’s also the best place for fabric shopping with mountains of vibrant sari fabric.
Life size glittering rhino overlooking the gay village.
10. Vietnamese Buddhist Temple on Holyhead Road, Handsworth
A celebration of Birmingham’s Vietnamese community.
11. Back to Backs
The last surviving courtyard of local residences from the 1800s.
One of the area’s oldest buildings and said to be the inspiration for Tolkien’s The Two Towers.
13. The Chamberlain Clock
An cast-iron Edwardian clock tower built in 1903 – it’s now a local landmark and symbol of the Jewellery Quarter.
A corner of contemporary art including works from Bill Drummond.
15. Aubrey Beardsley’s 1894 illustration
You can see ‘How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Exalibur into the Water’, among many other artistic treasures, at the Royal Birmingham Society of the Arts.
A splendid Baroque building now serving as a shrine to its 1849 founder Blessed John Henry Newman.
A theatre set at the back of a pub.
The collections contains in excess of 250,000 specimens.
19. The ‘Temple of Relief’
A neoclassical, Grade II-listed urinal in the jewellery quarter.
Opened in Birmingham UK in 1998 and is the only such building in traditional Burmese style in the Western hemisphere.