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  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
    B+
Tuscaloosa is a town in Alabama with a population of 98,881. Tuscaloosa is in Tuscaloosa County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Tuscaloosa offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Tuscaloosa there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Tuscaloosa and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Tuscaloosa are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$843
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Tuscaloosa Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    316.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    137.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    739.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,289
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    309.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    25%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Tuscaloosa

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,120
National
$55,322
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Tuscaloosa is a great college town. Since moving here, I have discovered countless memorable places from adorable diners to incredible night life. When it comes to living expenses, some places are pretty expensive, but there are plenty of affordable apartments, houses for rent, and grocery stores. The Strip is one of my favorite places in town, with good food and a close proximity to the university's campus!
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Tuscaloosa is such an awesome city! The city has been thriving with the University, and it is the perfect environment for college students. There is always something going on, something new headed to town, and someone wanting to hang out. The only downside is the traffic, but you are bound to find that in a city of this size, especially on game days. It is truly a surreal environment. It is a relatively safe city and has awesome outdoor environments to explore.
Tuscaloosa is a great place to live, the food is amazing , people are friendly , the nightlife is continuously thriving and money is always flowing. Our police department is highly and professionally trained, we have great county, public and private schools. There are plenty of diverse restaurants all over the city and 5 o'clock traffic is hectic but its all worth it when you're in the home of The University of Alabama! Roll Tide!