Tuscaloosa Area Resources
The City of Tuscaloosa is located in West Alabama on the Black Warrior River, 57 miles southwest of Birmingham. Tuscaloosa is the county with land area of 1,324 square miles, which also includes the municipalities of Northport and Brookwood. The City's 88,722 inhabitants represent 49.87% of Tuscaloosa County's 177,906 population (2007 estimate). The home of the University of Alabama, Stillman College, Shelton State Community College, and several large hospitals, Tuscaloosa looms large in the educational and institutional infrastructure of Alabama. Its diversified industrial base is anchored by the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant which commenced production in 1997. Since then the plant has undergone several large expansions and now manufactures three exceptional automobiles: M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class.