Tuscaloosa, AL
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Tuscaloosa is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 100,287 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Tuscaloosa is the fifth largest community in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Tuscaloosa house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Tuscaloosa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Tuscaloosa is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tuscaloosa who work in office and administrative support (10.41%), teaching (10.17%), and sales jobs (9.36%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Tuscaloosa really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Tuscaloosa is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Tuscaloosa more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Tuscaloosa’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Tuscaloosa a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Tuscaloosa is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Tuscaloosa a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The education level of Tuscaloosa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.44% of adults in Tuscaloosa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tuscaloosa in 2010 was $24,280, which is upper middle income relative to Alabama, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,120 for a family of four. However, Tuscaloosa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tuscaloosa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tuscaloosa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tuscaloosa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Tuscaloosa include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Tuscaloosa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.