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Community Portrait

Tallahassee - A Community Portrait

An In-Depth Look at Florida's Capital

Charlotte Crane | 10/1/2010

Who Lives Here

Population

Tallahassee: 172,000

Leon County: 275,000

Key Demographics

White, non-Hispanic: 60%

African-American: 31%

Hispanic: 5%

» 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.

Politics

Leon County has twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans. More than 61% of the county’s voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama in the last presidential election. The county has had the highest voter turnout among Florida counties. Between 1968 and 1992, county voters have rejected consolidating city and county governments four times.
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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]

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