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Tuscaloosa Alabama: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

The city of Tuscaloosa is located along the Black Warrior River and the fall line in the west-central region of Alabama, USA. It covers a land area of 60.23 square miles. The city was named after the leader of Maliba (a town in Mississippi) who was executed in 1540 by the men of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

It is a part of Tuscaloosa County and is the fifth most populous city in the region. It was incorporated as a city on December 13, 1819, and was made the county seat. The city served as the capital of Alabama from 1826 to 1846. In 1820, it became home to the University of Alabama which opened its doors to its first students in the year of 1831.

Population of Tuscaloosa

The United States Census Bureau has noted that the population of Tuscaloosa included 90,468 people in 2019. This number increased to 96,352 people in 2016 and 100,287 people as estimated on July 1, 2017. The population density, as noted in 2010, had 1,501.9 persons per square mile.

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The racial-ethnic demographic shows that a total of 52.2 percent of the people in this city identify as white, while 43.3 percent identify as African American, 2.8 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino, 2.8 percent identify as Asian, one percent identify as mixed race and 0.1 percent identify as American Indian or Alaska natives. Further, 4.5 percent of the population is foreign-born and 6.2 percent speak a language other than English at home.

There are a total of 33,933 households in the city as per the 2012 to 2016 US Census records. About 2.56 persons were found to be living per household. The median household income during the same time frame was noted to be at $ 40,542 and the per capita income was at $ 23,465. About 23.9 percent of the people in the city were found to be earning below the poverty levels.


Among the population aged 25 and above, a total of 88.8 percent have graduated high school or have pursued further studies. Additionally, 35.3 percent of the population (25 years and above) have attained a bachelor's degree or have opted for higher education.

Among the industries that engage the people of this city, the biggest employer is the retail trade with a total of 20.4 percent of the working population in this field. Other big employers include the educational, health and social services sector hiring 18.9 percent of the population, the manufacturing sector hiring 10.4 percent of the population, the transportation, warehousing, and utility sector hiring 9.5 percent of the people and the field of public administration employing 8.8 percent of the citizens of Tuscaloosa.

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Crime in Tuscaloosa

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), there were a total of 8,424 criminal incidences reported in 2016. Among these were 480 cases of violent crimes, 14 cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 54 cases of rape, 172 cases of robbery, 240 cases of aggravated assault, 3,732 cases of property crime, 2,708 cases of larceny-theft and 23 cases of motor vehicle theft.

Previously in 2015, there were a total of 4,761 criminal incidences reported among which were seven cases of homicide, 44 cases of rape, 200 cases of robbery, 306 cases of assault, 1,130 cases of burglary, 2,889 cases of larceny and 185 cases of motor vehicle thefts.

The law enforcement agency of the city made 1,278 arrests in the year 2016. Among them were 100 juvenile offenders and 1,178 adults. A total of 200 people were employed by law enforcement to combat criminal incidents. These included 93 sworn male officers, eight sworn female officers, 50 male civilians and 53 female civilians.


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