Tallahassee, Florida


City in the United States
State Florida
County Leon
Coordinates 30°26’19.45″W, 84°16’50.28″WL
Surface 268.39 km²
– country 260.09 km²
– water 8.3 km²
(April 1, 2020)
(754 inhabitant/km²)
Mayor John E. Dailey (D)
Website talgov.com

According to EHUACOM, Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, a southern US state. It’s not Florida’s largest city, that’s Jacksonville. Tallahassee also heads the county in which the city is located, Leon County. It is a regional center for trade and agriculture. It became the capital in 1923.


Tallahassee is located in the panhandle that makes up North Florida, in Leon County. The Gulf of Mexico is 32 km south, and to the north is the state of Georgia at a distance of 22.5 km. Tallahassee is 1158 km from Washington DC Its exact position is 30.45 degrees NBr and 84.28 W.L. The urban area covers 163,878 m 2 of land area and 2804 m 2 of water area (2.59% of the total area).

The nearest city with more than 200,000 residents is Jacksonville, Florida; the nearest city with more than a million inhabitants is Atlanta, Georgia.

Tallahassee sits on a series of rolling hills. This is quite exceptional for Florida cities. South of the city the land becomes flatter.


The climate in the area is mild and humid. In contrast to most of Florida, there is a subtropical climate all year round. The weather in Tallahassee is moderate. Follow the below for an up-to-date weather forecast.

Population structure

In 2000, an estimated 150,500 people, 63,200 households and 29,500 families were in the city. The average number of people per household is 2.17. The average number of people per family is 2.86. In the year 2000, the population grew by 2,790 people. There are about 68 420 homes in the city with an average density of 607.6/km 2. 52.8% of the residents are women, 47.2% are men. The average age of the inhabitants is 26.3 years. 5.5% of the population was born abroad (1.9% in Asia, 1.8% in Latin America and 1.1% in Europe).

Tallahassee households:

  • 21.8% children (under 18) present
  • 30.1% married couples living together
  • 13.2% single housewives
  • 53.4% ​​not in a family context
  • 34.7% singles
  • 6.0% single people over 65

Ages of the inhabitants:

  • <18 17.4%
  • 18-24 29.7%
  • 25-44 27.9%
  • 45-64 16.8%
  • 65>8.2%

Marital status of the population over 15 years:

  • 49.2% Not married
  • 35.5% Married
  • 9.3% Divorce (official)
  • 1.7% Divorce (unofficial)
  • 4.3% Widow/Widower

Race Representation:

  • 57.8% White
  • 34.2% Black
  • 4.2% Hispanic
  • 0.7% Chinese
  • 0.7% Indian
  • 0.7% Native American
  • 2.7% Other

Ancestors of the population:

  • 9.4% German
  • 9.2% English
  • 8.9% Irish
  • 5.3% American
  • 3.3% Italian
  • 2.3% Scottish

Population numbers:

  • 1930 10,700
  • 1940 16,240
  • 1950 27,237
  • 1960 38,174
  • 1970 72,624
  • 1980 81,548
  • 1990 124,773
  • 2000 148,400
  • 2010 170,900 (estimate)
  • 2020 191,500 (estimate)


The median household income is $30,571 and the median family income is $29,359. Men have a median income of $32,428 versus $27,838 for women. The per capita income is $18,981. 24.7% of the population and 12.6% of families live below the poverty line. Of the total of people living in poverty, 21.6% are under the age of 18 and 8.4% are 65 or older.

Education and work

The largest employers are government offices, followed by services and retail. The largest universities and colleges attract many new students every year. Recently, so-called supercomputers have been established in the city, as well as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The average Tallahassee resident takes 18.7 minutes to get to work. 11.1% of the population is unemployed.

Highest level of education enjoyed by the population aged over 25:

  • 89.9% Secondary education or higher
  • 45% Doctorate or higher degree
  • 19.8% Doctor or higher degree

Industries that provide employment:

  • 25.4% Education, health and social services
  • 17.9% Public Administration
  • 12.2% Retail
  • 11.0% Art, entertainment, recreation and consumption
  • 10.8% Professional, Scientific, Administrative and Management


overview map of Tallahassee in 1885

Tallahassee is a word from the ancient language of the Apalachee Indians. It literally means old town or abandoned fields. The people were eventually driven out by the Spaniards; hence the title.

State capitals are traditionally often small towns, which have been specially designated to take on this task. Tallahassee itself served as a compromise between the cities of St. Augustine and Pensacola, but had to struggle for years to actually retain that title. After the turn of the century, many hotels and hunting lodges were built for that purpose, and the city was adorned with hundreds of trees. In the 1960s, Tallahassee even hosted an annual local party, Springtime Tallahassee, to continue drawing people. With the construction of the new Capital Complex in 1978, the threat receded somewhat.

Tallahassee acquired a bad reputation soon after its foundation. Everyone walked around with knives and firearms, and there were deaths every day from duels. Tallahassee Police Department was therefore quickly established. The land around Tallahassee is very fertile, and the area experienced a period of agricultural prosperity during the slave labor era.

During the American Civil War, Tallahassee was the only Confederate capital that did not bow to Union troops. In a minor battle (near Natural Bridge, south of Tallahassee, near St Marks, a small group of old men and students engaged the Union troops and was victorious. After the Civil War, many were of the large plantations turned into hunting lodges for the wealthy from the north, who wintered in the southern states.The unemployment rate was high, and the farmers were in financial trouble.But the population was still growing; in 1950the population reached 27,237 people, and farmers were no longer in the majority in rural areas.

  • 6th -17th century: The Apalachee Indians live in the area .
  • 1539: Hernando de Soto spends his first year in the New World, on the site of the present city.
  • 1822: Florida becomes an official US territory. Two cities, Augustine and Pensacola, competed for the right to call themselves the capital. When neither of them wanted to know about neighborhoods, a location between the two cities was chosen as the capital.
  • 1824: Tallahasee is founded.
  • 1860: More than 9,000 slaves live in Tallahassee around this year.
  • 1919: The mayor of the city is now indirectly elected; so without elections.
  • 1978: The new Capital Complex is built.
  • 1997: Tallahassee residents elect their mayor again for the first time since 1919.
  • 2000: The city takes pride of place in the presidential election as the capital of Florida, whose votes were contested.

In modern Tallahassee, tradition and family life are very important. With more than 150,000 inhabitants, Tallahassee is no longer the desolate field it once was.

Tourist attractions

Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee

Florida Supreme Court Building

  • Florida State Capitol
  • Museum of Art
  • Museum of Florida History
  • Odyssey Science Center
  • Old Capitol
  • San Luis Archaeological Site
  • Tallahassee Antique Car Museum


Medical facilities:

  • Eastside Psychiatric Hospital
  • Healthsouth Rehab Hosp Of Tallahassee
  • Tallahassee Community Hospital
  • Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Nearby airports (with distances from city center):

  • Tallahassee Regional <8 miles> Certified for Freight Transport
  • Valdosta RGNL <73 miles> certified for freight transport
  • Southwest Georgia Regional <75 Miles> Certified for Freight Transport
  • Tallahassee Commercial <9 miles>
  • Quincy Muni <22 miles>
  • Cairo-Grady County <31 miles>

The largest library:

  • Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library

Colleges and Universities


  • Florida State University
  • Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • Lively Technical Center
  • Keizer College-Tallahassee
  • Core Institute School of Massage Therapy

Other colleges/universities with more than 2000 students:

  • Valdosta State University 119 km
  • Albany State University 124 km
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan 154 km
  • Gulf Coast Community College 158 km
  • Santa Fe Community College 224 km
  • University of Florida 230 km
  • Columbus State University 237 km

High Schools (public):

  • Lincoln High School
  • Leon High School
  • Lawton Chiles High School
  • Amos P. Godby High School
  • James Rickards High School
  • Lewis M. Lively Area Vocational-Technical
  • SCALES – Strengthening Court and Law-Related Education in Schools

High Schools (private):

  • North Florida Christian School
  • Maclay School
  • Maranatha Christian Academy
  • Crestview Independent School
  • Woodland Hall Academy
  • Shepherd Academy
  • Lighthouse Christian Academy

Largest Primary/Middle Schools (audience):

  • Florida State University School/Florida High
  • Deerlake Middle School
  • Swift Creek Middle School
  • Killearn Lakes Elementary School
  • Gilchrist Elementary School
  • Augusta Raa Middle School
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Kate Sullivan Elementary School
  • Hawks Rise Elementary School
  • Buck Lake Elementary School

Largest Primary/Middle Schools (private):

  • Trinity Catholic School
  • Holy Comforter Episcopal School
  • Community Christian School
  • Advent Parish Day School
  • Betton Hills Preperatory School
  • Creative Pre School
  • Faith Presbyterian Preschool K
  • Gingerbread Day School Inc
  • Metro Christian Academy of the Arts
  • Epiphany Lutheran School

Tallahassee compared

The city compared to Florida’s average stats:

  • Unemployment Rate Above State Average
  • Percentage of black population far above state average
  • Percentage Hispanic Population Below State Average
  • Average age of residents below state average
  • Average length of time people continue to live, below state average
  • Percentage of rental properties above state average
  • Number of students way above state average
  • Percentage of highly educated population above state average

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within a 40 km radius of Tallahassee.


Havana (24 km)

Midway (19km)

Monticello (40 km)

Quincy (33 km)

Woodville (16 km)

Attapulgus (39 km)

Notable residents of Tallahassee


  • Robert Lee Dickey (1939-2011), R&B singer
  • Samuel Durrance (1943), astronaut
  • Shea Whigham (1969), actor
  • T-Pain (1985), (hip-hop and R&B) singer and producer
  • Piper Curda (1997), actress

Tallahassee, Florida

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