Nearly two centuries ago, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was named the state capital and began its future as a bustling center of commerce and industry. While the capital was later moved to a different city, the University of Alabama stayed and with it remained the energy, enthusiasm and education that accompanies a college town. There's much more to this southern city than collegiate life, though the excellent sports programs and events that come with it benefit all residents and serve as a major attraction for homebuyers. You're sure to always find some sort of entertainment on campus, whether you're looking for a lively jazz concert, a Broadway musical, a pre-game pep rally or an expert speech from guest lecturers.

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There are few cities that are as fun to live in as they are to say, but Tuscaloosa, Alabama, tops the list. This "Druid City" has been called so because of its tree-lined streets filled with water oaks and other vegetation. The warm welcome of the South is evident in the many cottage-like homes with sprawling lawns and relaxing porch swings. Those who prefer more modern accommodations will be happy to find that there is also plenty of new construction, including townhomes and condos.

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