Tuscaloosa is a small city in Alabama with a population of slightly less than 97,000. Young adults aged 15-24 will fit right in, as they make up an above-average 29% of the population, while middle-aged professionals account for a smaller percentage of the city. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 34, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Alabama. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between renting (52%) and owning (48%) their residence despite an average rent of $875 per month, substantially higher than the state average of $807.
Many Tuscaloosa residents work in one of four industries: education, healthcare, entertainment, and manufacturing. Together, these industries account for 25% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's residents work in transportation, as 6% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of just over $58,000, Tuscaloosa workers earn about the same as their peers elsewhere in Alabama. However, Tuscaloosa compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Among Tuscaloosa residents older than 25, 19% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 22 minutes, quicker than most cities in Alabama, Tuscaloosa residents know that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing mode of getting to work, selected by 38% of commuters, while public transit isn't used much. A small percentage of residents commute to work on foot.