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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Tuscaloosa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tuscaloosa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tuscaloosa who work in office and administrative support (11.16%), teaching (10.47%), and sales jobs (9.75%).
Tuscaloosa is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Tuscaloosa has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Tuscaloosa enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Tuscaloosa.
Not only is Tuscaloosa a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Tuscaloosa a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The education level of Tuscaloosa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.26% of adults in Tuscaloosa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Tuscaloosa in 2010 was $23,465, 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 $93,860 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Tuscaloosa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.