Tuscaloosa, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Tuscaloosa had a population of 95,542 as of July 1, 2015. Tuscaloosa ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tuscaloosa is located at latitude 33.2344 and longitude -87.5283 in Tuscaloosa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tuscaloosa (see map below) encompass a land area of 61.47 sq. miles and a water area of 10.22 sq. miles. Tuscaloosa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 220 feet.

The City of Tuscaloosa (GNIS ID: 2405614) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Tuscaloosa is located within Tuscaloosa Division of Tuscaloosa County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tuscaloosa population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Tuscaloosa: Black Warrior Town, Druid City, Louiseville, Matildaville, Shelbyville, Shelleyville, Shelltown, Shellytown, Tuskalloosa, Tuskaloosa.

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Tuscaloosa, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 95,542
Population in Households 86,027
Population in Familes 55,277
Population in Group Qrtrs 9,515
Population Density1 1,586
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 38,427
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 18,536
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 43,200 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,873 (36.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,554 (52.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,773 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $189,755
Average Home Value $266,828


Median Household Income $33,103
Average Household Income $51,672
Per Capita Income $21,809
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.04% 1.03%
Households 1.15% 1.11%
Families 1.0% 0.91%
Median Household Income   2.16%
Per Capita Income   2.26%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Tuscaloosa, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tuscaloosa to the other 578 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 13 98th
Diversity Index2 # 35 94th
Median Household Income # 400 31st
Per Capita Income # 178 69th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alabama Census Data Comparison Tool.