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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Tuscaloosa is a town in Alabama with a population of 96,352. Tuscaloosa is in Tuscaloosa County. Living in Tuscaloosa offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Tuscaloosa there are a lot of bars. 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
$170,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$791
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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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
    240
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    166
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    805
    500
  • Theft
    3,126
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    197
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,542
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • 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
    11%
    13%
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I moved to Tuscaloosa from Michigan and have loved every minute of my time down here. The atmosphere is great, especially with having a championship football team in town to cheer on. There's the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to see several concerts with "big names" throughout the year, and even more phenomenal restaurants to dine at. I love the taste of southern BBQ and Tuscaloosa has so many great options to choose from. You can even have dinner on a patio while looking out over the sunset on Black Warrior River. The shopping in town is great, and the city is constantly growing. I swear every time I turn around I see something new being built, whether it's a restaurant, new building on campus, or a student housing complex!
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I love Tuscaloosa! The people here are amazing. There are so many activities and stores to visit. Since it is a huge college town, new companies and shops are constantly popping up. There’s always something to do in T-Town!
Tuscaloosa is a good city to live in and raise a family. The crime rates are not bad. The school systems are good in certain areas, just do your research. Job availability is definitely a plus. Secondary education is available with multiple local colleges/universities to choose from. Nightlife in Downtown Tuscaloosa always has something to offer, regardless of age. Tuscaloosa is also a center point and within 4 hours away traveling distance to popular vacation states (Georgia, New Orleans, Tennessee, Florida)