Nicknamed Tally, Tallahassee is the state capital for Florida and is America’s 23rd-most highly populated state capital city. The word Tallahassee traces back to a Muskogean Indian term meaning “old fields” or “old town.”
Guinness World Records documents Tallahassee as being the site where researchers trapped the strongest magnetic field ever in a semiconductor measured as 17.6 tesla. According to Guinness, semiconductors that trap powerful magnetic fields span a wide range of applications from Maglev trains to electricity storage.
Tallahassee’s principal employers include the State of Florida, Florida State University, Leon County School Board, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, City of Tallahassee, supermarket chain Publix and Florida A & M University.
Florida shipped U$52.049 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Floridian exports are civilian aircraft, cellphones, non-monetary gold, telecommunications machinery, jewelry, portable computers and electronic integrated processors or controllers according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Tallahassee was 4.3% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Tallahassee, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Doak S. Campbell Stadium, Florida Governor’s Mansion, Grove Museum, Knott House Museum, Mission San Luis de Apalachee and the New Capitol Building
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tallahassee, United States:
- Lobo, singer-songwriter (born Jul. 31, 1943)
- Antonio Cromartie, Pro Bowl NFL football player (born Apr. 25, 1984)
- Maddy Curley, actress (born Dec. 3, 1981)
- Jason Lancaster, rock singer (born Sep. 21, 1983)
- Brad Culpepper, NFL football player (born May 8, 1969)
- Derek Sanders, rock singer (born Jul. 11, 1986)
- Piper Curda , actress (born Aug. 16, 1997)
- William Gay, NFL football player (born Jan. 1, 1985)
- Elise Ray, Olympic gymnastics bronze medalist (born Feb. 6, 1982)
- Brittany Bower, model & reality star (born May 6, 1982)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Tallahassee resident: Tallahasseean
Population: 189,907 (Tallahassee city limits)
Density: 1,893 people per square mile (730 per square kilometer)
Population: 379,627 (Tallahassee metropolitan area)
Density: 159 people per square mile (61 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$14.747 billion as of March 2015 (Tallahassee metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $38,846
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Tallahassee: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 5, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 5, 2017
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United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 5, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Tallahassee city flag. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, Florida. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, Florida. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, History of Tallahassee. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, Tallahassee. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Wikipedia, Tallahassee metropolitan area. Accessed on June 5, 2017
Within city limits, Tallahassee occupies 100.3 square miles (260 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 189,907 Tallahasseeans in 2016.
Also called the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Tallahassee metropolitan area has a land area of 2,387.3 square miles (6,183 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 379,627 inhabitants.
At the city level, Tallahassee’s population density is 1,893 residents per square mile (730 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Tallahassee metropolitan area with an average 159 inhabitants per square mile (61 per square kilometer).
Tallahasseeans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.