Tallahassee is the capital city of the State of Florida, but only its 7th largest city. It has been functioning as its capital since the first half of the 19th century, and it could be said that it became the capital out of convenience. It was half way between the two former Spanish territories, East and West Florida, so it was chosen as the central location for official sessions and meetings.
Geography and climate
The city of Tallahassee is situated in the so called Big Bend region, an informal region of Florida. It is surrounded with the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles to the north, Jacksonville 178 miles to the west and Pensacola 200 miles to the east. It is a 100-square-mile hilly area in the northwest of Florida, with 3 more square miles of water area.
The city has a lot of lakes, woods and gardens, and a mild sub-tropical climate with 4 distinctive seasons. It has long and hot summers, with 90 days of over 90 degree temperatures per year. Two big lakes in Tallahassee are Lake Jackson and Lake Lafayette. When it comes to the flora and fauna, trees such as pines, magnolias, and different kinds of oak dominate the area, but the most known and emblematic tree of the city is the Southern Live Oak.
Population and demographics
According to the 2010 census, the city of Tallahassee had 181,376 people, but the recent estimates say that the population number has slightly increased to a little over 190,000. City’s population density is close to 1,900 people per square mile, which is around 733 per square kilometer. When it comes to the racial composition, the highest percentage of the population is either White or Caucasian – 54.7%, or Black or African-American – 35%.
Tallahassee has a very significant and fast population growth rate of 12.4%, which makes it the 12th fastest growing area of Florida, higher even than Miami.
There are two universities in Tallahassee, out of a total of 11 in the state of Florida, Florida State University (FSU) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), as well as the Tallahassee Community College, and all of them are among the top 10 employees of the city of Tallahassee. It is obvious that Florida’s capital is a real university town, and it can be seen that it makes a large and important part of the city’s economy as well. However, its main economic source and focus is the government, which is also obvious in the fact that the State of Florida is Tallahassee’s number one employer, employing over 19 thousand citizens, followed by the FSU with around 14 thousand. Some people work at Griner Moving Services, the best moving company in Tallahassee, FL.
Apart from the government and the education industry, some of the others that contribute to the relatively stable economy of Tallahassee are printing and publishing, the lumber industry and food processing.