The population of Tallahassee is 190,894 (latest US Census Bureau data). This makes Tallahassee the 7th largest city in Florida and the 126th largest city in the US.
Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida, and the county seat of Leon County. Located in North West Florida, the Tallahassee population has grown by 4.7% in the last five years, which is slightly more than the US average of 4.1% but a long way below the Florida average of 7.8%.
The wider Tallahassee metropolitan area, which includes four of Florida’s counties (Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla) has a population of 375,571 people (2014 data).
|Population Growth (since 2010)||4.7%||7.8%||4.1%|
|Population Density (per sq mile)||1,809.3||350.6||87.4|
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Tallahassee Population Growth
Although population growth in Tallahassee has slowed over the past five years, it was a boom town in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. In the 1980s, for example, the population grew by 53% – from 81,548 people in 1980 to 124,773 people in 1990.
This was followed by two consecutive decades where growth was more than 20%.
Growth has been slower in recent years (4.7% between 2010 and 2015) and is likely to be slightly over 10% for the period 2010 to 2020.
The table below lists the Tallahassee population for each census year since 1860.
Tallahassee Race Statistics
When it comes to race, the population of Tallahassee differs from the US and Florida averages.
The US Census Bureau reported that in 2010 the White and Hispanic population of Tallahassee was significantly lower than the state average (and national average). By contrast the Black or African American population was significantly higher (around double) the state and national averages.
The table below provides detailed statistics on race in Tallahassee, and compares them to data from the State of Florida and the US as a whole.
|White alone (not Hispanic or Latino)||53.3%||57.9%||63.7%|
|Black or African American alone||35.0%||16.0%||12.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino||6.3%||22.5%||16.3%|
|Two or more races||2.3%||2.5%||2.9%|
|American Indian / Alaska native||0.2%||0.4%||0.9%|
|Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander||0.1%||0.1%||0.2%|
Tallahassee Economy / Income Statistics
Per capita income and household income in Tallahassee are both slightly below the Florida average – which, in turn, is slightly below the US average.
Poverty rates, however, are more than double the state and national averages.
|Per Capita Income||$23,942||$26,499||$28,555|
|Median household income||$39,407||$47,212||$53,482|
|Retail sales per capita||$16,257||$14,177||$13,443|
Tallahassee Demographics – Education
Tallahassee has the most educated population in Florida – almost half of all residents have a Bachelors degree or higher. This is partly because the city is home to Florida A&M University, and partly because it is the state capital and home to the Florida state government.
|High School Graduates||92.7%||86.5%||86.3%|