Tallahassee, Florida Population 2021

197,974
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Tallahassee is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 197,974, it is the 9th largest city in Florida and the 125th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is currently growing at a rate of 0.89% annually and its population has increased by 9.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 181,376 in 2010. Tallahassee reached it's highest population of 197,974 in 2021. Spanning over 104 miles, Tallahassee has a population density of 1,970 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tallahassee is $66,889 with a poverty rate of 26.38%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,023 per month, and the median house value is $203,800. The median age in Tallahassee is 26.9 years, 26.6 years for males, and 27.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.0 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: 56.23%
  • Black or African American: 35.02%
  • Asian: 4.55%
  • Two or more races: 2.87%
  • Other race: 1.13%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Tallahassee, Florida is 197,974, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 192,763.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 181,376.

Tallahassee, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021393,0452,9090.74%
2020390,1362,9090.75%
2019387,2272,9090.75%
2018384,3181,1450.30%
2017383,1734,5011.17%
2016378,6721,0700.28%
2015377,6022,2460.59%
2014375,3562,1690.58%
2013373,187-2,085-0.56%
2012375,2724,0261.07%
2011371,2461,9010.51%
2010369,3450.00%

Tallahassee Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White107,55756.23%
Black or African American66,97735.02%
Asian8,7114.55%
Two or More Races5,4972.87%
Some Other Race2,1711.13%
American Indian and Alaska Native3010.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander650.03%
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Tallahassee Population by Race

Tallahassee Population Pyramid 2021

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Tallahassee Median Age

26.9


Total

26.6


Male

27.3


Female

Tallahassee Adults

There are 159,426 adults, (19,785 of whom are seniors) in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee Age Dependency

37

Age Dependency Ratio

14.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Tallahassee Sex Ratio

Female

101,226

52.92%

Male

90,053

47.08%

Tallahassee Population by Age

Tallahassee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tallahassee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.4%29.6%
All40%60%
Male34.1%65.9%
Female28.1%71.9%
Non Family27%73%

40.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tallahassee Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All75,9492.3340
Non Family41,3231.6527
Married22,0333.0470.4
Female9,8773.3828.1
Male2,7163.1234.1

3.06

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

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Tallahassee Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,3172.22%
9th to 12th Grade4,4474.27%
High School Graduate17,73317.02%
Some College19,80319.01%
Associates Degree9,7029.31%
Bachelors Degree27,27326.18%
Graduate Degree22,90721.99%
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Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White57,48655,76333,351
Black33,84529,8589,515
Hispanic5,9095,2272,339
Asian5,1664,9614,168
Multiple Races1,9061,694811
Other Race1,023911418
Native American2051767
Islander484818

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 80.68%.

Tallahassee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,694$40,423$34,318
Less Than High School$20,682$22,750$17,377
High School Grad$24,758$26,391$23,445
Some College$29,521$31,582$27,062
Bachelors Degree$44,474$50,849$40,620
Graduate Degree$54,082$63,377$48,465

$36,694

Average Earnings

$40,423

Average Male

$34,318

Average Female

Tallahassee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Tallahassee Language by Age

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Tallahassee Language

88.34% of Tallahassee residents speak only English, while 11.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.74% of the population.

Tallahassee Language

Tallahassee Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black63,08721,70234.40%
White91,49019,23721.03%
Hispanic11,1333,39830.52%
Asian8,5271,46917.23%
Multiple5,2231,40726.94%
Other1,87271137.98%
Native23411950.85%

26.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.93%

Male Poverty Rate

25.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tallahassee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Native, with 50.85% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tallahassee is Asian, with 17.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 42.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.78%.

Tallahassee Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School44.72%
High School25.55%
Some College15.60%
Bachelors or Greater7.14%

Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed62.47%
Female Unemployed57.82%
Female Employed18.57%
Male Employed16.09%

Tallahassee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Tallahassee Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,734$66,889
Families$69,221$93,040
Married Families$94,023$120,446
Non Families$32,385$43,526
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Income by Household Type

Tallahassee Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

29.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.4%

Male Marriage Rate

27.6%

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 Marital Status

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8,202

Number of Veterans

7,159

Male Veterans

1,043

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,363
First Gulf War2,109
Second Gulf War1,761
Korea598
World War II297

Tallahassee Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,233
65 to 741,875
55 to 641,592
75+1,570
18 to 34932

Tallahassee Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,6195.99%
Black2,2734.29%
Hispanic3082.87%
2 or More1644.87%
Asian1151.64%
Other201.13%
Indian114.01%

Tallahassee Veterans by Race

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

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11.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tallahassee Veterans by Education

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66.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Tallahassee Employment by Age

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Tallahassee Employment by Race

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Tallahassee Employment by Education

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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56.45%

Born in Florida

91.91%

Native Born

8.09%

Foreign Born

4.29%

Non Citizen

3.80%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.91% of Tallahassee residents were born in the United States, with 56.45% having been born in Florida. 4.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Tallahassee Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021197,9741,7370.89%
2020196,2371,7370.89%
2019194,5001,7370.90%
2018192,7631,1080.58%
2017191,6552,7851.47%
2016188,8702250.12%
2015188,6451,5510.83%
2014187,0941,4920.80%
2013185,602-696-0.37%
2012186,2983,3011.80%
2011182,9971,5590.86%
2010181,43830,8141.88%
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%

Tallahassee Population by Year