Tallahassee, Florida

00 tallahassee capitol angle frontTallahassee, Florida

  • Florida became a state March 3, 1845, the 27th state admitted to the Union.
  • Tallahassee became state capital with statehood in 1845, was territorial capital from 1824
  • Settled: 1824
  • Name Origin: Native American word translated as “old town” given to the area by migrating Creek Indians on discovering previously used lands

At the top of Tallahassee’s second highest hill, the modern new 22-story capitol towers above the city. There is a fine view from the observation tower. The historic Old Capitol has been restored to its previous grandeur and is open for tours also.

During the Civil War, Tallahassee was the only Confederate capital not captured by Union forces. Today Tallahassee retains the grace of its plantation days, although strongly oriented towards state and local government.

Florida State University is here, with a 400-acre campus. The Flying High Circus, composed of Florida State students, performs for the city each spring before summering at Callaway Gardens.

Hernando de Soto came by here in 1539, visit San Marcos de Apalache Historic Site; also visit St Marks National Wildlife Refuge, heavily populated with birds, deer, alligators and waterfowl in fall and winter.

Key Words: modern, university, circus, de Soto, Refuge

Things To Love About Tallahassee

The moss-draped curving live-oak trees, the softness of the atmosphere, the cozy feel of a well-loved college town, the high white modern capitol that still preserved the old, the downtown walking space, the touch of Spain.

Blogs To Read About Tallahassee

That First Christmas http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6556#more-6556

From Any Angle http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6733

Happy Birthday! http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6826

Those Lucky Kids http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6786

Still In Tallahassee http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=10180

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 181,376, 23rd largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,809 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 100.25 square miles
  • Elevation: 190 feet, 37th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 64/39, July 92/72. Annual rainfall: 59 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Ochlockonee River, Lakes Jackson and Lafayette
  • Mountains near: Red Hills. Britton Hill in the northern part of the panhandle is the highest point in Florida at 345 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Montgomery, AL 202; Atlanta, GA 265; Columbia, SC 385
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 871

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 181,376            Population
  • 17.2%               Under 18
  • 8.1%                 Over 65
  • 3.7%                 Asian
  • 35.0%              Black
  • 6.3%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.2%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 53.3%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 10.9%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 91.6%              High School Graduate
  • 46.5%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 29.4%              Below Poverty Level
  • $24,195           Per Capita Income
  • $38,972          Median Household Income
  • $191,400        Median Value of Home
  • 42.6%             Home Ownership

City: http://www.talgov.com/Main/Home.aspx

Visitors: http://www.visittallahassee.com/