US Facts       Footsteps of History       It Happened Here      
Mottos, Slogans and Nicknames       Noted Notables


Welcome To KEY TO THE CITY's Page For
Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

35401, 35405, 35406

The Druid City

Page Contents for Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Alabama state capital is Montgomery.
The population of Tuscaloosa is approximately 77,906 (2000), 90468 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 31,194 (1990), 36185 (2010).
The amount of land area in Tuscaloosa is 121.96 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 26.115 sq kilometers.
The distance from Tuscaloosa to Washington DC is 727 miles.
The distance to the Alabama state capital is 96 miles. (as the crow flies)
Tuscaloosa is positioned 33.23 degrees north of the equator and 87.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Tuscaloosa per capita income is $ 23,207 (1999).
Tuscaloosa median income is $ 47,400 (2001).
Tuscaloosa average annual rainfall is 53.57 inches per year
Tuscaloosa average annual snowfall is 0.6 inches per year.
Tuscaloosa average temperature is 63.8 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 52.2 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 75.3 degrees F.


in western Alabama about 57 miles southwest of Birmingham. It is located on the Black Warrior River.
Return to Index


subtropical. There are four separate seasons in Tuscaloosa. There is no real dry season and the area has high humidity which is typical of the southeastern United States. Most of the rain falls during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Return to Index


moderate. In the winter, the temperatures are quite variable going down to lows of between 15 and 20 degrees F. Summers will be hot, but everything is air conditioned! Here is a weather page with lots of links.
Return to Index

History & History Related Items

Tuscaloosa is known as the Druid City because of its abundance of old oaks and hardwoods. This nickname was given during Civil War times.

Because of the Black Warrior River, many Indian trails came together here. This point was the southern-most spot on the river which could be consistently forded during most of the year. This same network of trails also brought white settlers to the area. After the War of 1812, the number of settlers increased greatly. The settlement of cabins which rose up here was named for the great chief, Black Warrior who met up with explorer, Hernando DeSoto, centuries before. The name, Tuscaloosa is from the Choctaw words, tushka, which means warrior and lusa, which means black. Tuscaloosa was incorporated on 13 December 1819 as part of Alabama territory. This was just one day before Alabama was admitted to the Union as a state, making Tuscaloosa one day older than the State of Alabama. Tuscaloosa was named the state capital in 1826 and served as such until 1846. The University of Alabama was established in Tuscaloosa in 1831. Both the status as the state capital and the establishment of the University in Tuscaloosa helped the city to grow larger. By 1845, the population was 4,250. When the capital was removed to Montgomery in 1846, the population began to fall. By 1850, the population was just 1,950. During this decade the Bryce State Hospital for the insane was opened in Tuscaloosa helping to compensate for the loss of the capital. Many men from Tuscaloosa served in the Civil War, around 3,500. The University was burned during the last part of the war effort with only four of the original buildings remaining.

Learn more about Historic Tuscaloosa from the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society
Return to Index


Tuscaloosa has two sister cities - Narashino, Japan and Schomdorf, Germany.

Learn more about Tuscaloosa at this informative sites:
Druid City Online
Your guide to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the Deep South
Online Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa Web

Alabama Museum of natural History
6th Ave., Smith Hall
University of Alabama Campus
Phone: 205-348-7550
Visit the Grand Exhibit Hall which has the largest mineral and rock collection in the state. Fossils from earlier eras are also on display.

The Battle-Friedman House & Gardens
1010 Greensboro Ave
This town house was built in 1835 and is an example of the Federal/Greek Revival style. The house has period furnishings and art with a formal garden outside.

Children's Hands-On Museum
2213 University Blvd.
Phone: 205-349-4235 Please call ahead for hours of operation

University of Alabama Arboretum
Box 870344
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0344
Phone: 205-553-3278
Fax: 205-553-3728
natural trails, native southeastern plants, trees and gardens. Located on Loop Road, east of VA Medical Center.

Paul W. Bryant Museum
300 Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Phone: (205)348-4668
Fax: (205) 348-8883
Celebrates more than 100 years of football at the University of Alabama

Murphy African-American Museum
2601 Bryant Dr. & Lurleen Wallace Blvd. S.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Phone: 205-758-2861
Depicts the life-style of a professional African-American family in the early 20th century
Return to Index

Tuscaloosa City Government

Official City of Tuscaloosa website

City Hall
2201 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403-2089
Phone: (205) 349 2010
Fax: (205) 349 0147

Tuscaloosa is the county seat of Tuscaloosa County


Tuscaloosa County website
Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Phone: 205-349-3870
Website also includes information about voter registration and automobile tags.

Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority

Tuscaloosa Chamber

West Alabama Chamber of Commerce
2200 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
phone: (205) 758-7588
fax: (205) 391-0565

Tuscaloosa Organizations

West Alabama Chamber of Commerce
2200 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
phone: (205) 758-7588
fax: (205) 391-0565

Tuscaloosa Libraries

Tuscaloosa Public Library

Tuscaloosa Schools

Tuscaloosa City Schools
1210 21st Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Phone: 205-759-3700

Tuscaloosa County School System
2314 9th Street
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
Phone: 205-758-0411
Fax: 205-758-4711

Here is an education page for Tuscaloosa.


Shelton State Community College
9500 Old Greensboro Road
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405
Phone: (205) 391-2211
Library Phone: 205-391-3908

Stillman College
P.O. Box 1430
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Phone: (205) 349-4240

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Phone: (205) 348-6010 Tuscaloosa


The population of Tuscaloosa was:
1990 - 77,759
1996 - 82,379
2000 - 77,906

Contribute information for this community or any other community on the Key To TheCity website

Be sure to include the name of the community and its state when contacting Key to the City as you are NOT directly contacting this community.

Thanks for visiting Key to the City. Come back again! Soon!

The information on Key to the City is from multiple sources including government, commerce, libraries, individuals and organizations. There is no guarantee of the accuracy or timeliness of the information presented on these pages, therefore, please use at your own risk.

Search Key to the City
Custom Search
or Search anywhere on the Web
Custom Search