Tallahassee, Florida Population 2020

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Tallahassee is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 199,205, it is the 9th largest city in Florida and the 122nd largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is currently growing at a rate of 1.44% annually and its population has increased by 9.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 181,376 in 2010. Spanning over 104 miles, Tallahassee has a population density of 1,983 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tallahassee is $64,922 with a poverty rate of 26.73%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $995 per month, and the median house value is $193,100. The median age in Tallahassee is 26.8 years, 26.5 years for males, and 27.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.6 males.

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: 56.93%
  • Black or African American: 34.81%
  • Asian: 4.43%
  • Two or more races: 2.60%
  • Other race: 1.02%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Tallahassee, Florida is 199,205, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 193,551.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 181,376.

Tallahassee, Florida Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020388,5011,6780.43%
2019386,8231,6780.43%
2018385,1451,6780.44%
2017383,4674,6081.20%
2016378,8591,1880.31%
2015377,6712,3050.61%
2014375,3662,1770.58%
2013373,189-2,069-0.55%
2012375,2584,0621.08%
2011371,1961,8550.50%
2010369,3410.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White108,27756.93%
Black or African American66,19334.81%
Asian8,4264.43%
Two or More Races4,9472.60%
Some Other Race1,9401.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native3290.17%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander680.04%
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Tallahassee Population Pyramid 2020

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Tallahassee Median Age

26.8


Total

26.5


Male

27.1


Female

Tallahassee Adults

There are 158,092 adults, (18,964 of whom are seniors) in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Age Dependency

36.7

Age Dependency Ratio

13.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Tallahassee Sex Ratio

Female

100,319

52.75%

Male

89,861

47.25%

Tallahassee Households and Families

Tallahassee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tallahassee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.9%30.1%
All39.9%60.1%
Male32.1%67.9%
Female27.8%72.2%
Non Family26.9%73.1%

39.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,5082.3439.9
Non Family40,8701.6826.9
Married22,2683.0669.9
Female9,6743.2827.8
Male2,6963.0532.1

3.04

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Tallahassee Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,3082.24%
9th to 12th Grade4,4274.30%
High School Graduate17,23716.76%
Some College19,56119.02%
Associates Degree10,0699.79%
Bachelors Degree27,13626.38%
Graduate Degree22,13221.51%
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Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White56,93655,46132,382
Black33,36529,2539,523
Hispanic5,9505,1282,275
Asian5,1274,9664,267
Multiple Races1,7201,484807
Other Race872755311
Native American22919910
Islander38386

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 83.23%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,440$39,608$34,228
Less Than High School$18,341$20,599$15,307
High School Grad$24,789$25,862$23,573
Some College$29,553$31,448$27,074
Bachelors Degree$42,649$49,099$39,669
Graduate Degree$54,518$65,689$47,552

$36,440

Average Earnings

$39,608

Average Male

$34,228

Average Female

Tallahassee Language

Tallahassee Language by Age

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Tallahassee Language

88.13% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 11.87% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.76% of the population.

Tallahassee Poverty

Tallahassee Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black62,02321,48434.64%
White92,43119,96721.60%
Hispanic11,2983,42330.30%
Asian8,2901,65519.96%
Multiple4,7121,18025.04%
Other1,55270845.62%
Native2629536.26%

26.73%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.97%

Male Poverty Rate

26.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tallahassee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Other, with 45.62% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Asian, with 19.96% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.47%. Among those working part-time, it was 43.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.47%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School45.62%
High School24.85%
Some College16.19%
Bachelors or Greater6.61%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed62.30%
Female Unemployed52.41%
Female Employed19.17%
Male Employed15.87%

Tallahassee Income

Tallahassee Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,799$64,922
Families$67,853$89,902
Married Families$92,194$115,106
Non Families$31,427$41,447
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Tallahassee Marital Status

Tallahassee Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

29.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.0%

Male Marriage Rate

28.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Tallahassee Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Tallahassee Marital Status by Race

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Tallahassee Veterans

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8,419

Number of Veterans

7,410

Male Veterans

1,009

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,656
First Gulf War1,980
Second Gulf War1,734
Korea742
World War II368
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,191
65 to 741,970
75+1,727
55 to 641,596
18 to 34935
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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,8646.25%
Black2,2524.30%
Hispanic3683.39%
2 or More1404.68%
Asian1331.95%
Other211.31%
Indian93.11%

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

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9.08%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tallahassee Employment Status

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66.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

8.9%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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55.41%

Born in Florida

91.85%

Native Born

8.15%

Foreign Born

4.36%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.85% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 55.41% having been born in Florida. 4.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020199,2052,8271.44%
2019196,3782,8271.46%
2018193,5511,5030.78%
2017192,0482,8271.49%
2016189,2213270.17%
2015188,8941,6080.86%
2014187,2861,5030.81%
2013185,783-681-0.37%
2012186,4643,3241.82%
2011183,1401,5440.85%
2010181,59630,9721.89%
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%