The city is in the West Midlands Built-up Area, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,440,986 at the 2011 census.
Birmingham's metropolitan area is the second most populous in the UK with a population of 3.8 million.
People from Birmingham are called Brummies, a term derived from the city's nickname of Brum.
This originates from the city's dialect name, Brummagem, Birmingham's early history is that of a remote and marginal area.
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