Tallahassee Population (2017)

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).

Statistic Tallahassee Florida USA
Population  189,907  20,271,272  321,418,820
Population Growth (since 2010) 4.7%  7.8%  4.1%
Population Density (per sq mile) 1,809.3  350.6  87.4

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.

Census Year Population
1860 1,932
1870 2,023
1880 2,494
1890 2,934
1900 2,981
1910 5,018
1920 5,637
1930 10,700
1940 16,240
1950 27,237
1960 48,174
1970 72,624
1980 81,548
1990 124,773
2000 150,624
2010 181,376

Tallahassee Race Statistics

When it comes to race, the population of Tallahassee differs from the US and Florida averages.

White non-Hispanic53.3%
Black or African American35.0%
Hispanic or Latino6.3%

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.

Statistic Tallahassee Florida United States
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%
Asian alone 3.7% 2.4% 4.8%
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.

Statistic Tallahassee Florida United States
Per Capita Income $23,942 $26,499 $28,555
Median household income $39,407 $47,212 $53,482
Poverty rate 31.1% 15.7% 13.5%
Retail sales per capita $16,257 $14,177 $13,443
Poverty rate 31.1% 15.7% 13.5%
Unemployment rate 8.6% 6.5% 5.8%

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.

Statistic Tallahassee Florida United States
High School Graduates 92.7% 86.5% 86.3%
Bachelors Degree 47.5% 26.8% 29.3%



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