Quality of Life
Living in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama offers all the benefits of smaller community living (less than 200,000 population) yet with access to the amenities of a major metropolis. Tuscaloosa has neighborhood public schools yet is home to three facilities of higher learning. We have a locally-owned hospital system with multiple specialty care units yet a university-based hospital and a nationally-recognized children’s hospital are located just an hour’s driving distance away. We have a diverse community reflective of the presence of an international manufacturing base and the University of Alabama yet we have a sustained citizen base that represents the heart of Tuscaloosa. Combined with our proactive governments, Tuscaloosa is a truly livable community.
- Tuscaloosa named one of the South’s ’15 Hip and Historic College Towns.’ (ConventionSouth Magazine, 2013)
- Tuscaloosa County named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People.” (America’s Promise Alliance, 2010)
- Tuscaloosa was named one of the “50 Best Places to Launch a Small Business.” (Fortune Small Business, 2009)
- Tuscaloosa ranked in the top 20th percentile of best sports towns among all U.S. cities, with at least one professional sports team or an NCAA Division I football or basketball program. (Sporting News, 2009)
- The Greater Tuscaloosa-Northport area was selected as an “All-America City.” (National Civic League, 2002)
- Northport included in the “Top 100 Small Art Communities in America” publication by John Villani.
- Tuscaloosa County ranks below the national average in the Cost of Living Composite Index.
- Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra performs in the 1,000-seat Concert Hall of the Moody Music Building, which is considered one of the most acoustically perfect facilities of its kind in the nation.
- DCH Health System serves the West Alabama area through three medical centers and numerous healthcare facilities.
- Lake Tuscaloosa offers 5,885 acres (2 381 ha) for recreational water activities-swimming, skiing, boating, and fishing.
- NorthRiver Yacht Club features a premier Gary Player-designed golf course that has been recognized by numerous publications.
- Tuscaloosa’s cultural opportunities are enhanced through sister city relationships with Narashino, Japan; Schorndorf, Germany; and Sunyani-Techiman, Ghana.
- UAB Hospital, located about 50 miles (80 km) east of Tuscaloosa, has been ranked among the top three medical facilities in the United States.
- Children’s Hospital of Alabama is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children.
- Tuscaloosa has one of the lowest crime rate of the largest cities in Alabama.
- Alabama’s beaches, which National Geographic has hailed as some of the world’s most beautiful shorelines, are located a few hours south of Tuscaloosa while the mountains are located a few hours north.
- Tuscaloosa County has seven incorporated communities-Brookwood, Coaling, Coker, Lakeview, Northport, Tuscaloosa, and Vance-enhancing living options for our residents.
- Tuscaloosa enjoys typical weather for Southern climates: average high temperature-76ºF/24.4ºC; average low temperature-52ºF/11.1ºC; and average rainfall-50.3 inches/1278 mm.
Tuscaloosa County is the hub for West Alabama, attracting people, business and amenities for a seven county region (population 285,000). Additional services and resources are located just a one hour’s drive east in Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, which enhances all that Tuscaloosa has to offer. The facilities and festivities available throughout our county and in nearby surrounding communities create opportunities in all areas of interest and for all ages and walks of life.
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