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Tallahassee is a city in Leon County.
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The community name derives from Muskogean for "old town" or "old fields."
The latitude of Tallahassee is 30.438N. The longitude is -84.28W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 203 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 153,938.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Tallahassee demographic reports
Tallahassee is in the Panhandle.
State legislators, disagreeing on whether to name Pensacola or Saint Augustine the state capital, compromised on this site.
Napoleon's nephew, Prince Achille Murat, purchased a plantation here in 1825.
Public transportation: TalTran (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,412. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 8.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Tallahassee received national attention for 2000 presidential election, when the results turned on the Florida vote. After a series of decisions and reversals by Florida lawmakers, Secretary of State Katherine Harris and state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Al Gore's demands for a recount
Well-known residents have included:
· Wally Amos Jr., creator of Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- North Florida Fair - Nov. 8-18, 2007
- Springtime Tallahassee Parade & Jubilee - March 31, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tallahassee web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Maclay Gardens State Park, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, River Bluff Picnic Site
Sports teams: Tallahassee Titans (World Indoor Football League)
Historic sites and museums: Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site, Museum of Florida History, Goodwood Plantation, Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science, Knott House Museum, Black Archives Research Center & Museum
Colleges and universities:
Florida State University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 86
Record low: The state's lowest temperature on record was reported here on Feb. 13, 1899, at -2 degrees
Tallahassee, a grotesque place, selected three years since as a suitable spot for the capital of the territory, and since that day rapidly settled by public officers, land speculators and desperados.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, after visiting in 1827
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Ancestry & family history
10% of Tallahassee residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tallahassee ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tallahassee was $18,981, compared with $21,587 nationally.
45% of Tallahassee residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Tallahassee festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Springtime Tallahassee Parade & Jubilee - M
- North Florida Fair - N
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Tallahassee include Calhoun Street Historic District, Magnolia Heights Historic District, Park Avenue Historic District, Smoky Hollow Historic District, Tallahassee Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Tallahassee, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $490. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $990.
Libraries in Tallahassee include Dr. B.L. Perry Jr. Branch, Leon County Public Library System, Northeast Branch Library, Northwest Branch Library, Parkway Outlet, State Library of Florida ... View libraries
Newspapers in Tallahassee include Tallahassee Democrat
TV stations in Tallahassee include WFSU, WTLF, WTWC, WTXL.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFSQ., WFSU-FM.
Leon County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tallahassee political report.
The average commute time for Tallahassee workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 35 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tallahassee between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ Tallahassee, a grotesque place, selected three years since as a suitable spot for the capital of the territory, and since that day rapidly settled by public officers, land speculators and desperados. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, after visiting in 1827
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