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Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Welcome to Tuscaloosa ...

The city of Tuscaloosa is located in Tuscaloosa County and is the County Seat for Tuscaloosa County.

When the people of Tuscaloosa refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Tuscaloosan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Tuscaloosa has a population of 100,287 people<2> (see below for details).

Tuscaloosa was established in 1819.

The community of Tuscaloosa is 230 feet [70 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Tuscaloosa lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Tuscaloosa: (205)

The ZIP codes for Tuscaloosa: 35401-35407, 35485-35487<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Tuscaloosa had a population of 90,468 people (or 46.48% of the total population of Tuscaloosa County). This makes Tuscaloosa the county's most populous community.

The population of Tuscaloosa represents 1.89% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 90,468 people, the population of Tuscaloosa increased 16.12% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 77,906 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Tuscaloosa had an population of 100,287 people. This is an increase of 10.85% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 28.73% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Tuscaloosa.

Communities near Tuscaloosa ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Tuscaloosa and not the distance if you drove.<5>.

Community   2017
Brookwood   [Map]   1,857   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Coaling   [Map]   1,660   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Coker   [Map]   980   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
Cottondale   [Map]   ---   SE   5 miles [8 km]
Lake Front Village   [Map]   ---   NW   5 miles [8 km]
Moundville   [Map]   2,446   S   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Tuscaloosa.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Tuscaloosa. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Tuscaloosa. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Tuscaloosa. Our list includes 48 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Tuscaloosa:

Websites for Tuscaloosa ...

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Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Tuscaloosa ...

Looking for more information about Tuscaloosa? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Tuscaloosa, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Tuscaloosa.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Tuscaloosa. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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The Communities of Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Tuscaloosa refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Tuscaloosa may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Tuscaloosa.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Tuscaloosa - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Tuscaloosa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Tuscaloosa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Tuscaloosa includes: 35401, 35402, 35403, 35404, 35405, 35406, 35485, 35486 & 35487.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Tuscaloosa. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tuscaloosa) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Tuscaloosa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Tuscaloosa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tuscaloosa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2353, Longitude: -87.5274     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tuscaloosa have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tuscaloosa.


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