Tuscaloosa 63 Below average
Tuscaloosa Livability #255 ranked city in Alabama#20,544 ranked city in the USARanks better than 29% of areas
A+ Tuscaloosa Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Tuscaloosa Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Alabama
919% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tuscaloosa cost of living
F Tuscaloosa Crime Total crime is 52% higher than Alabama
Total crime
4,84495% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2195% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Tuscaloosa crime
D Tuscaloosa Employment Household income is 9% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$40,54227% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,46521% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Tuscaloosa employment
F Tuscaloosa Housing Home value is 33% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$170,8008% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79117% lower than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Tuscaloosa real estate or Tuscaloosa rentals
F Tuscaloosa Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
85%3% higher than the US average
School test scores
36%26% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:16% lower than the US average
Tuscaloosa K-12 schools
C Tuscaloosa User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Tuscaloosa
Overall user rating
65% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
82% 6 total surveys
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      Living in Tuscaloosa, AL

      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%.

      Tuscaloosa transportation information

      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.1%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.5%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.6%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home3.6%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Tuscaloosa, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).