Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a moderately-sized city with a population of 96,352 residents. Tuscaloosa is mostly populated by White (52%) and Black or African American (43%) ethnic groups. The median age of all Tuscaloosa residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.
Living in Tuscaloosa can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Alabama, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Tuscaloosa, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather and more.
Using data and statistics Tuscaloosa has received a livability score of 65/100. This score is ranked in the 40th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Tuscaloosa ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-) and weather (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Tuscaloosa. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F).
Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Tuscaloosa has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Tuscaloosa: Bryant Denny Stadium, Paul W. Bryant Museum, and Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
Tuscaloosa real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Tuscaloosa. The median home price for Tuscaloosa homes is $170,800, which is 32.9% higher than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Tuscaloosa, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 44.8% higher than the Alabama average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Tuscaloosa will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Tuscaloosa, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 13.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.6%.