The world’s only Tuscaloosa is located in the heart of West Alabama, and serves as both its economic and cultural hub. The city was founded on the southern bank of the Black Warrior River in 1819. By 1826, Alabama’s state capital would move from Cahaba to Tuscaloosa, where it would remain until 1846. The city is now viewed as a place of economic opportunity with major foreign firms like Mercedes-Benz and JVC opening operations within the city.
Tuscaloosa is also the home of the University of Alabama, which was founded in 1831 as the state’s first institution of higher learning. The university serves as the city's largest employer and its most visible symbol. On Saturdays in the fall, well over 70,000 visitors roll into Tuscaloosa for each home game to watch the Alabama Crimson Tide do battle on the gridiron.