Tallahassee, Florida Population 2018

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida and the county seat of Leon County in Florida's panhandle. The city is a popular college town with the Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College.

Tallahassee has an estimated population of 191,000, which ranks 125th in the country. This is up from a recorded population of 181,376 at the 2010 census. The city proper has a population density of 1,809 people per square mile, or 697 people per square kilometer. The urban population is estimated at 245,000 while the metropolitan area has a population of 385,000.

Tallahassee Demographics

The 2010 Census found Tallahassee had a racial composition of:

  • White: 57.4% (non-Hispanic: 53.3%)
  • Black or African-American: 35.0%
  • Asian: 3.7%
  • Native American or Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 2.3%
  • Other race: 1.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 6.3%

Leon County is the most highly educated city in Florida with 49.9% of residents holding a Bachelor's, Master's, professional or doctorate degree, compared to the national average of 24% and the Florida average of 22%.

Tallahassee Population Growth

Tallahassee is currently the 12th fastest growing metropolitan area in Florida with a growth rate of 12.4%, which is higher than Miami and Tampa.

The city posted a 273% increase in its population in 1880, when it grew from 384 people to more than 1,400, but the greatest growth occurred in 1930 when the population soared from 10,000 to almost 52,000. Since then, Tallahassee has posted double-digit growth in every census except 1990, when it grew 10%.

Tallahassee History

Many Spanish missions were established in the territory of Apalachee during the 17th century for food and labor for a colony at St. Augustine. The expedition led by Hernando de Soto occupied the Apalachee town called Anhaica in what is now Tallahassee.

General Andrew Jackson fought two skirmishes near Tallahassee during the First Seminole War. Chief Neamathla of the village Fowltown near present-day Tallahassee refused Jackson's orders to leave, so he burned the village and drove off the residents. When Jackson reentered the state in 1818, his adjutant said they "advanced on the Indian village called Tallahasse."

Tallahassee was founded in 1824 on the site of previous Native American and Spanish settlements and the new city was planned to serve as a center for government for the Territory of Florida. The same year, the Marquis de Lafayette, a French hero of the American Revolution, toured the country and Congress gave him $200,000 (the amount he gave the colonies in 1778), citizenship and the Lafayette Land Grant, an area of land that includes much of present-day Tallahassee.

Tallahassee became a center for slave trade in Florida and capital of the Cotton Belt. In the 19th century, Florida State University was established, which is the beginning of Tallahassee's history as a university town. When slavery ended, the city's trade moved to tourism, cattle ranching, lumber and citrus, and many former plantations were purchased by wealthy northerners for winter hunting grounds.

Tallahassee remained a small town until World War II with most of its population living within one mile of the capital.

Tallahassee Facts

  • Tallahassee's Florida A&M University is the largest historically black university in the country.
  • The name Tallahassee comes from a Muskogean Indian word meaning "old fields." Indians migrated through the region during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • It's believed the first Christmas celebrated in the United States was celebrated in the DeSoto encampment in 1539 in what is now Tallahassee.
  • Tallahassee is the only capital in the south east of the Mississippi that was never taken by Union Forces during the Civil War.
  • It's very rare to have a white Christmas in Tallahassee; the last was in 1989.
  • Tallahassee is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the largest magnet lab in the world with equipment capable of generating a magnetic field 1,000,000x stronger than that of the earth.
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017191,0491,7940.95%
2016189,2552520.13%
2015189,0031,6570.88%
2014187,3461,5660.84%
2013185,780-678-0.36%
2012186,4583,3151.81%
2011183,1431,5450.85%
2010181,59830,9741.89%
2000150,62425,8511.90%
1990124,77343,2254.34%
198081,5488,9241.17%
197072,62424,4504.19%
196048,17420,9375.87%
195027,23710,9975.31%
194016,2405,5404.26%
193010,7005,0636.62%
19205,6376191.17%
19105,0182,0375.35%
19002,981470.16%
18902,9340.00%

Tallahassee Population in 2018Source: By DXR [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White107,489
Black or African American66,570
Asian7,733
Two or More Races4,508
Some Other Race1,812
American Indian and Alaska Native300
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander54

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Tallahassee Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15%20% Male Population0%5%10%15%20% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Tallahassee Median Age

26.5


Total

26.1


Male

26.9


Female

Tallahassee Adults

There are 156,615 adults, (17,527 of which are seniors) in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Age Dependency

35.4

Age Dependency Ratio

12.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Tallahassee Sex Ratio

Female

99,308

52.69%

Male

89,158

47.31%

Tallahassee Households and Families

Tallahassee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Tallahassee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.6%30.4%
All39.3%60.7%
Male32.2%67.8%
Female30.4%69.6%
Non Family25.1%74.9%

39.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tallahassee Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All74,7602.3439.3
Non Family39,6781.6825.1
Married22,1873.0469.6
Female10,1273.2730.4
Male2,7682.9532.2

3.01

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Tallahassee Households

Tallahassee Education

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4182.41%
9th to 12th Grade5,0315.01%
High School Graduate16,30616.25%
Some College19,32719.25%
Associates Degree9,5169.48%
Bachelors Degree25,71725.62%
Graduate Degree22,06021.98%

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White55,71254,34531,814
Black32,75927,8989,038
Hispanic5,9155,0562,412
Asian4,7354,4873,916
Multiple Races1,8341,619667
Other Race709558260
Native American18617313
Islander24249

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 82.70%.

Tallahassee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,520$36,942$32,545
Less Than High School$16,745$17,293$15,864
High School Grad$22,390$24,663$21,677
Some College$28,182$30,000$27,050
Bachelors Degree$40,831$44,957$38,219
Graduate Degree$52,327$62,519$46,314

$34,520

Average Earnings

$36,942

Average Male

$32,545

Average Female

Tallahassee Language

Tallahassee Language by Age

Tallahassee Language

87.74% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 12.26% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.91% of the population.

Tallahassee Poverty

Tallahassee Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black62,45623,97838.39%
White92,12520,34822.09%
Hispanic11,1503,55831.91%
Asian7,6101,61221.18%
Multiple4,2651,01423.77%
Other1,29263048.76%
Native1813418.78%

28.40%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.02%

Male Poverty Rate

28.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tallahassee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Other, with 48.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Native, with 18.78% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.38%. Among those working part-time, it was 45.96%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.73%.

Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School43.16%
High School24.88%
Some College16.89%
Bachelors or Greater7.08%

Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed59.72%
Male Unemployed57.75%
Female Employed20.96%
Male Employed17.55%

Tallahassee Income

Tallahassee Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,947$58,573
Families$63,475$81,569
Married Families$87,475$106,213
Non Families$28,154$36,196

Tallahassee Marital Status

Tallahassee Marital Status

Marriage Rates

29.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.5%

Male Marriage Rate

27.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Tallahassee Married by Age and Sex

Tallahassee Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Tallahassee Marital Status by Race

Tallahassee Veterans

Tallahassee Veterans by War

8,727

Number of Veterans

7,691

Male Veterans

1,036

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,868
First Gulf War1,901
Second Gulf War1,654
Korea903
World War II489

Tallahassee Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 542,141
65 to 741,928
75+1,839
55 to 641,634
18 to 341,185

Tallahassee Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,9346.37%
Black2,5434.85%
Hispanic4934.56%
Asian1031.67%
2 or More1003.31%
Other261.74%
Indian217.92%

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

9.29%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.33%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tallahassee Employment Status

Tallahassee Employment by Age

66.2%

Labor Force Participation

58.8%

Employment Rate

11%

Unemployment Rate

Tallahassee Employment by Race

Tallahassee Employment by Education

Tallahassee Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

54.17%

Born in Florida

91.82%

Native Born

8.18%

Foreign Born

4.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.82% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 54.17% having been born in Florida. 4.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.