Tuscaloosa (Alabama)

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Coordinates 33°12′24″N 87°32′5″W
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tuscaloosa
Incorporated December 13, 1819
Elevation 222 ft (68 m)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
ZIP codes 35401-35407, 35485-35487
Area code(s) 205 & 659
FIPS code 01-77256
GNIS feature ID 0153742
Website www.tuscaloosa.com
Government (Type) Mayor-Council
Government (Mayor) Walt Maddox
Government (Council President) Cynthia Almond
Government (City) 72.02 sq mi (186.52 km2)
Government (Land) 61.94 sq mi (160.43 km2)
Government (Water) 10.07 sq mi (26.09 km2)
Area (City) 72.02 sq mi (186.52 km2)
Area (Land) 61.94 sq mi (160.43 km2)
Area (Water) 10.07 sq mi (26.09 km2)
Population (2020) (City) 99,600
Population (2020) (Rank) US: 313th AL: 5th
Population (2020) (Density) 1,607.93/sq mi (620.83/km2)
Population (2020) (Urban) 139,114 (US: 233rd)
Population (2020) (Metro) 235,628 (US: 190th AL: 5th)

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Tuscaloosa (/ˌtʌskəˈluːsə/TUS-kə-LOO-sə) is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west-central Alabama, United States, on the Black Warrior River where the Gulf Coastal and Piedmont plains meet. Alabama's fifth-largest city, it had an estimated population of 101,129 in 2019. It was known as Tuskaloosa until the early 20th century. It is also known as the Druid City because of the numerous water oaks planted in its downtown streets since the 1840s. Incorporated on December 13, 1819, it was named after Tuskaloosa, the chief of a band of Muskogean-speaking people defeated by the forces of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540 in the Battle of Mabila, in what is now central Alabama. It served as Alabama's capital city from 1826 to 1846.

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