The railway has been upgraded in recent years and is now a busy commuter stop on the cross-city line, Redditch to Lichfield. Many well-known firms are situated in the Kings Norton area, the most notable being Triplex Safety Glass (now part of Pilkington).
Cadbury's Bournville factory is only a mile away from the centre of Kings Norton. Many of the workers live in the area. Since the Second World War a great deal of building has taken place, most notably the three council built estates at Pool Farm, Primrose Hill, and Hawkesley.
The area around the Green, including the church, Old Grammar School and Saracen's Head is designated as a conservation area, and it is hoped that it will remain so for future generations to enjoy.
After a large number of dwellings in Kings Norton village were declared unfit for human habitation, the council ordered the clearance of these properties and replaced them with several new housing estates during the 1950s and 1960s, built on open farmland. This area became known as the Three Estates.