Tuscaloosa is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama.
Alabama is a state in the southeastern region of the United States.
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Located on the Black Warrior River, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 95,334 in 2013.
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Incorporated as a town on December 13, 1819, it was named after Tuskaloosa, the chieftain of a Muskogean-speaking people who battled and was defeated by Hernando de Soto in 1540 in the Battle of Mabila, and served as Alabama's capital city from 1826 to 1846.
Tuskaloosa was a paramount chief of a Mississippian chiefdom in what is now the U.S. state of Alabama.
Muskogean is an indigenous language family of the Southeastern United States.
Tuscaloosa is the regional center of industry, commerce, healthcare, and education for the area of west-central Alabama known as West Alabama.
It is the principal city of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Tuscaloosa, Hale and Pickens counties and has an estimated metro population in 2013 of 235,628.
The Tuscaloosa metropolitan area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of three counties in west central Alabama, anchored by the city of Tuscaloosa.
Tuscaloosa is also the home of The University of Alabama, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College.
The University of Alabama is a public research university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, and the flagship of the University of Alabama System.
Stillman College, originally Tuscaloosa Institute, is a historically black liberal arts college located in the West Tuscaloosa area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
While the city attracted international attention when Mercedes-Benz announced it would build its first automotive assembly plant in North America in Tuscaloosa County, the University of Alabama remains the dominant economic and cultural engine in the city.
Mercedes-Benz is a global automobile manufacturer and a division of the German company Daimler AG.
Tuscaloosa has been traditionally known as the "Druid City" because of the numerous water oaks planted in its downtown streets since the 1840s.
An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus of the beech family, Fagaceae.
A city is a large and permanent human settlement.
The city has also become well known nationally for the University of Alabama's success in sports, and particularly in football.
City leaders adopted the moniker "The City of Champions" after the Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the BCS National Championship in their 2009, 2011, and again in their 2012 seasons.
The BCS National Championship Game, or BCS National Championship, was a postseason college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, first played in the 1998 college football season as one of four designated bowl games, and beginning in the 2006 season as a standalone event rotated among the host sites of the aforementioned bowls.
Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal.
The Alabama Crimson Tide refers to the 21 men and women varsity teams that represent the University of Alabama.
The Tide then went on to win the College Football Playoff in the 2015 season.
In 2008, the City of Tuscaloosa hosted the USA Olympic Triathlon trials for the Beijing Games.
In recent years, Tuscaloosa has been named the "Most Liveable City in America," one of Americas "100 Best Communities for Young People," one of the "50 Best College Towns," and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Small Business."