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Birmingham, with over a million inhabitants, is England's second largest city. Historically, it was one the world's major industrial centres, even as far back as the late 18th century. In recent times, the city's economy has become diverse, spanning a wide variety of sectors. Once considered a less than desirable place to live, Birmingham has undergone quite a bit of revitalization, with the construction of new squares, the restoration of historical buildings and canals, and the general redevelopment of the city centre. Birmingham's three major universities make it the second largest centre of higher learning in the United Kingdom (outside of London). The city also offers a lot in terms of culture, and several prominent symphony, ballet, and arts institutions are based here. People from Birmingham are often referred to as "Brummies" and have a distinct dialect of English.