An In-Depth Look at Florida's Capital
Who Lives Here
Leon County: 275,000
• Key Demographics
White, non-Hispanic: 60%
» Tallahassee’s residents have a median age of 27.5 compared to the state’s median age of 40. Only 8% of the population is older than 65, compared to the state average of 17%. The city’s student population numbers more than 60,000, including students at Florida A&M, Florida State, Tallahassee Community College, Flagler College, Barry University and Lively Technical Center.
» Compared to Florida residents overall, residents of the city are much more likely to have been born in the U.S. — 95% of residents are native-born Americans — and to speak English at home (91% vs. the state average of 77%).
» Workers in Tallahassee don’t have to commute as much, spending on average nearly eight minutes less getting to work than workers statewide.
» The city’s median household income of $39,054 lags the state average of $47,778. More than a quarter of the city’s residents live in poverty.
» More than 90% of residents have at least a high school diploma, compared to the state average of 80%. About 45% have a bachelor’s degree or higher vs. 22% statewide. The county population has the highest educational levels in the state.
Democrats far outnumber Republicans in Leon County. The Obama-Biden ticket got more than 61% of the vote in 2008. [Photo: UPI, Mark Wallheiser, Newscom]