Tallahassee is a city located in Leon County Florida. Tallahassee has a 2023 population of 198,631. It is also the county seat of Leon County.Tallahassee is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 1.17% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 196,342 in 2020.
The average household income in Tallahassee is $73,485 with a poverty rate of 24.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Tallahassee is 27.7 years, 27.4 years for males, and 28 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.
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 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%.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tallahassee was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
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 55.55%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
89.16% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 10.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.82% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Islander, with 60.92% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Native, with 12.84% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 38.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.28%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Tallahassee
98.87% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 61.99% having been born in Florida. 3.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.