Tallahassee, Florida Population 2022

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Tallahassee is a city located in Leon County and Wakulla County Florida. It is also the county seat of Leon County. With a 2020 population of 199,127, it is the 9th largest city in Florida and the 134th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is currently growing at a rate of 0.75% annually and its population has increased by 1.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 196,169 in 2020. Spanning over 104 miles, Tallahassee has a population density of 1,982 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tallahassee is $66,889 with a poverty rate of 25.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Tallahassee is 26.9 years, 26.6 years for males, and 27.3 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 Tallahasseewas:

  • White: 54.67%
  • Black or African American: 35.95%
  • Asian: 4.37%
  • Two or more races: 3.50%
  • Other race: 1.31%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Tallahassee, Florida is 199,127 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 196,169.

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There are 160,439 adults, (20,110 of whom are seniors) in Tallahassee.

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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 asian people with a rate of 79.32%.

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89.12% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 10.88% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.58% of the population.

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The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Native, with 44.75% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.37%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.73%.

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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.

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92.56% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 57.28% having been born in Florida. 3.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

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