Birmingham city is one of the major city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands Built-up Area of England with a population of 3.8 million. The city is the most populous, the largest British city outside London and the third most populous urban area in the UK. It is also the 9th most populous metropolitan region in Europe.
Birmingham is also United Kingdom's largest centre for higher education outside London. Birmingham city's economy is clearly dominated by the service sectors, it's a major international commercial centre and was ranked as the beta?world city by the (GWCR) Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Its metropolitan economy is ranked the second largest in the UK with a GDP of $121.1bn in 2014.