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.
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'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.