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Overview

Introduction to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Located on the Black Warrior River in west central Alabama is the city of Tuscaloosa. Home to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is the county seat of Tuscaloosa County and lies about 58 miles southwest of Birmingham. Well connected to other parts of the state, Tuscaloosa is served by several highways, including Interstates 20 and 59; U.S. Routes 11, 43, and 82; and Alabama State Highways 69, 215, and 215.

The city's name is derived from two Choctaw Indian words, tushka (meaning "warrior") and lusa (meaning "black"). Incorporated in 1819, Tuscaloosa served as the Alabama state capital from 1826 until 1846, at which time it was replaced by the more centrally-located city of Montgomery. The state university was established in Tuscaloosa in 1827 and began operations in 1831. To this day, the University remains the dominant economic and cultural force in the city. The city is also home to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and houses the first Mercedes-Benz automotive assembly plant in North America and the world's only Mercedes-Benz Museum outside of Germany.

Things to do in Tuscaloosa

Visitors to Tuscaloosa can choose from a variety of attractions including several parks, galleries, museums, historic sites, and recreational facilities. Most of the city's museums can be found downtown or on the University campus. Some of the more popular are: the Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center & Museum, the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, the Battle-Friedman House & Gardens, the Murphy African-American Museum, and the Paul W. "Bear" Bryant Museum. Other area museums include the Jones Archaeological Museum and the Moundville Archaeological Park, both located in Moundville, about 15 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Performing arts are presented by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the String Quartet Society of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa Community Singers, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, Dance Alabama!, the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, and the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre.

Recreational sites in and near Tuscaloosa include: Lake Tuscaloosa, a source of the city's domestic and industrial water also used for recreational activities including boating, swimming and fishing; Lake Lurleen State Park, named after Alabama's only female governor, Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George Wallace; and Oliver Lake. Annual events in Tuscaloosa include Heritage Week (held in late March or early April) and the Sakura Festival (held every March). Family fun can be had at the Alabama Adventure Theme Park, located only 35 minutes from Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa is a hotbed of collegiate sports, particularly University of Alabama athletics. Every fall, the nation's eyes focus on the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium, where 'Bama's Crimson Tide football team plays its games. The Tide has won 12 national titles, tying the University of Notre Dame for the most in college football history. Alabama U also has the most Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships, the most bowl appearances, and the most bowl wins of any team in college football. The University also fields championship caliber programs in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's softball, and women's gymnastics.

There are no major league pro teams in Alabama, but Tuscaloosa is home to a World Basketball Association (WBA) team, the Druid City Dragons. Nearby Birmingham, about an hour away, has three minor-league professional teams: the Birmingham Barons, a Minor League Baseball Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox; the Birmingham Magicians, a basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA); and the Birmingham Steeldogs, a team in Arena Football 2 (minor league affiliated with the Arena Football League).

People

Total Population 94,865
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 38,697
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 31.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,918
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,033
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,528

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,458
% Above Poverty Level 74.9%
% Below Poverty Level 25.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $788
Median House Value $168,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tuscaloosa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 187 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Tuscaloosa
Metro Area Tuscaloosa
Standard Zip Codes 35401, 35404, 35405, 35406
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35402, 35403, 35407, 35485, 35486
Company Zip Codes 35487
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.209
Longitude -87.569

Tuscaloosa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TUSCALOOSA OLIVER DAM
Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches
Station BESSEMER 3 WSW
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches
Station FAYETTE
Distance 35.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 76 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tuscaloosa, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eastside (35404)

Skyland (35405)

Tusc (35402)

Veterans Hospital (35401)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookwood 1,932 $52,424
Coaling 1,808 $64,896
Coker 819 $64,063
Moundville 2,183 $50,775
Northport 24,339 $66,734
Vance 1,302 $76,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tuscaloosa Public Libraries

Library
Tuscaloosa Public Library
1801 JACK WARNER PARKWAY
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
(205) 345-5820

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Tuscaloosa Hospitals

D C H REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
809 UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD EAST
(205) 759-7111
Emergency Service: Yes

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
(VA)
3701 Loop Road, East
(205) 554-2000 or (888) 269-3045
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Tuscaloosa High Schools

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HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL
300 PATRIOT PKWY
205-342-2800
Serves 1,169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

NORTHRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
2901 NORTHRIDGE RD.
205-759-3590
Serves 907 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

CENTRAL HIGH EAST CAMPUS
1715 MLKJR. BLVD.
205-759-3720
Serves 654 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

HOLT HIGH SCHOOL
3801 ALABAMA AVE
205-342-2768
Serves 489 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

OAK HILL SCHOOL
2501 HARGROVE RD E
205-759-3629
A Special Education School
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL
1715 MARTIN LUTHER KING JRBLV
205-759-3519
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.

TUSC REGIONAL DETENTION CTR
6001 12TH AVENUE EAST
205-349-3131
A Non-traditional School

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
7 NUNNELLY DR
205-342-2662
A Non-traditional School

TUSCALOOSA CENTER TECHNOLOGY
1300 37TH ST E
205-759-3648
A Vocational School

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