Tallahassee, Florida Population 2024

204,615

Tallahassee is a city located in Leon County Florida. Tallahassee has a 2024 population of 204,615. It is also the county seat of Leon County.Tallahassee is currently growing at a rate of 0.71% annually and its population has increased by 3.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 197,926 in 2020.

The average household income in Tallahassee is $79,696 with a poverty rate of 24.27%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Tallahassee is 27.6 years, 27.5 years for males, and 27.8 years for females.

Tallahassee is the capital of the state 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 Education

Leon County is the most highly educated city in Florida with 49.9% of residents holding a Bachelor's, Master's, professional or doctoral 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 most significant 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 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 observed in the DeSoto encampment in 1539 in what is now Tallahassee.
  • Tallahassee is the only capital in the southeast 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.

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 town and drove off the residents. When Jackson reentered the state in 1818, his adjutant said they "advanced on the Indian village called Tallahassee."

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 the government in 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 the slave trade in Florida and the 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tallahassee was:

  • White: 52.61%
  • Black or African American: 35.53%
  • Two or more races: 5.71%
  • Asian: 4.2%
  • Other race: 1.71%
  • Native American: 0.2%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
State
Florida
Land Area (mi²)
100.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,036.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.38% (6,689)
The current population of Tallahassee, Florida is 204,615 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 197,926.

Tallahassee, Florida Population 2024

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Tallahassee Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White104,30352.61%
Black or African American70,45035.53%
Two or more races11,3175.71%
Asian8,3204.2%
Other race3,3861.71%
Native American3940.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander890.04%
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Tallahassee Population by Race

Tallahassee Population Pyramid 2024

Tallahassee Median Age

27.6

Total

27.5

Male

27.8

Female

Tallahassee Adults

There are 165,220 adults, (22,208 of whom are seniors) in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Age Dependency

38.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Tallahassee Sex Ratio

Female104,95152.94%
Male93,30847.06%

Tallahassee Population by Age

Tallahassee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All81,8462.2139.860.2
Non Family45,4961.5226.373.7
Married21,7833.0173.326.7
Female11,0763.230.569.5
Male3,4913.0737.262.8
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2.98

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

39.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Tallahassee Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 72.03%.

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,661

Average Earnings

$46,632

Average Male

$39,732

Average Female

Tallahassee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Tallahassee Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Tallahassee Language

88.99% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 11.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.76% of the population.

Tallahassee Language

Tallahassee Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black66,28621,02131.71%
White89,50717,03619.03%
Hispanic12,2833,22726.27%
Multiple10,5452,47123.43%
Asian7,8871,20715.3%
Other2,7191,01937.48%
Native3486217.82%
Islander803948.75%
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24.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.98%

Male Poverty Rate

25.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tallahassee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Islander, with 48.75% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Asian, with 15.3% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 38.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.36%.

Tallahassee Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade42.23%
High School22.47%
Some College15.21%
Bachelors or Greater6.68%
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Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed57.49%
Male Unemployed50.63%
Female Employed17.51%
Male Employed14.44%
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Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Tallahassee Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Tallahassee Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

27.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.6%

Male Marriage Rate

25.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Tallahassee Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Tallahassee Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Tallahassee Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Tallahassee Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

7,741

Number of Veterans

6,477

Male Veterans

1,264

Female Veterans

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Tallahassee Veterans by War

count

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Tallahassee Veterans by Age

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Tallahassee Veterans by Race

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

15.55%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.62%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

65.9%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Tallahassee Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Tallahassee Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Tallahassee Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

57.66%

Born in Tallahassee

92.61%

Native Born

7.39%

Foreign Born

3.41%

Non Citizen

3.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.61% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 57.66% having been born in Florida. 3.41% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Tallahassee Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029211,8251,4420.69%
2028210,3831,4420.69%
2027208,9411,4420.69%
2026207,4991,4420.7%
2025206,0571,4420.7%
2024204,6151,4420.71%
2023203,1731,4420.71%
2022201,7311,4420.72%
2021200,2892,3631.19%
2020197,9263,2851.69%
2019194,6411,7520.91%
2018192,8891,1620.61%
2017191,7272,7431.45%
2016188,9842330.12%
2015188,7511,5720.84%
2014187,1791,5100.81%
2013185,669-678-0.36%
2012186,3473,3221.82%
2011183,0251,5840.87%
2010181,44130,81720.46%
2000150,62425,85120.72%
1990124,77343,22553.01%
198081,5488,92412.29%
197072,62424,45050.75%
196048,17420,93776.87%
195027,23710,99767.72%
194016,2405,54051.78%
193010,7005,06389.82%
19205,63761912.34%
19105,0182,03768.33%
19002,981471.6%
18902,934
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Tallahassee Population by Year