B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$168,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$788
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Tuscaloosa Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    316
    273
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    46
    41
  • Robbery
    205
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,161
    525
  • Theft
    2,966
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    191
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$39,351
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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I've grown up in Tuscaloosa, moved away, and came back. Tuscaloosa is a growing, thriving city! The University of Alabama is a great school and has a beautiful campus. Due to the amount of growth in the past ten years, the roads need some improvements to allow for more people. The city has been working on this some, but it is a big project. The River Walk is one of my favorite places in Tuscaloosa. It's a great place to walk your dogs, go for a run, or just look at a great view of the river. The Tuscaloosa Ampitheater also provides awesome entertainment each year with a wide variety of concerts to attend.
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Tuscaloosa is a great place to grow up! With the college atmosphere there is some chalenges with crazy college kids but overall I love it! Great community can be seen in Tuscaloosa through community service groups and churches all around! So many things to see, but it might take you a while to get there (especially on game days). The traffic gets a little worse during the normal traffic tines but local radio stations try their best to keep you updated.
Tuscaloosa is a wonderful family oriented city. My experience here has been very loving . Although, I would like to make a few changes in the community. I would love to see more untity with local churches and colleges in the area. I would admire more events for the elderly. I would like to more resource outlets for single mothers with low income. I feel Tuscaloosa needs better housing for low income families. Tuscaloosa has quite a few neighborhoods that need renovations done. Just because a family can't afford the best doesn't mean they should live in the worst. I would love to start a foundation that builds better, affordable housing for low income families.