|Tallahassee. . .|
|An All American City|
No portrait of Tallahassee would be complete without mention of our
unmatched quality of life. With
great weather and attractive terrain, Tallahassee is just a short drive to
some of the world's most beautiful beaches.
Tallahassee has the mild moist climate characteristic of the Gulf
states, and experiences a subtropical summer similar to the rest of Florida.
The average annual maximum temperature is 78 degrees. However, in contrast to the Florida peninsula itself, the
panhandle, of which Tallahassee is a part, experiences four seasons.
Prevailing winds average 6.5 miles per hour.
They are from a southerly direction in the spring and summer and then
shift toward a more northerly direction near the end of the year. The average
wettest month is July and the driest month October.
Tallahassee is 20 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and 14 miles south of the Georgia state line. The area is characterized by rolling terrain ranging from 65 to 210 feet. The community prizes its canopy roads, moss-draped oaks and springtime profusion of dogwoods, azaleas, and wisteria. Wildlife reserves, lakes and springs offer nature observation and hunting and fishing.
|Lake Ella in Tallahassee||Kelman Plaza|
Tallahassee's population has grown 49% since 1980 and is expected to
grow another 22% by 2010. Between
1990 and 1996, the Tallahassee, metropolitan area has added more than 34,000
residents, surpassing the growth rate for most other Florida metropolitan
areas. The population of Leon County is approximately 235,000.
Northeast Leon County absorbed most of the population increase and is
expected to double between 1990 and the year 2020. The same is projected for the Southeast quadrant over the 30
Over 70 percent of the population growth since 1990 is attributed to new
residents moving into the community. Aside
from the natural increase in population due to births, net migration accounts
for the majority of the increase in population in Leon County.
Net migration is the number of all the incoming residents minus
residents that have left the area and have relocated outside Leon County.
The majority of those that migrate to Leon County are relatively young,
affluent, well educated and skilled. With
a median age of 29, more than 50% of all residents are of prime working age
between the ages of 18 and 44.
Tallahassee offers a work force advantage available in few other
locations. Combine 3,000 young,
affluent, skilled newcomers relocating here annually with the thousands of
graduates with advanced degrees leaving our universities and our educational
facilities for retraining- the pool of available workers seems endless.
Tallahassee's motivated and skilled labor is among the nation's best,
with a high concentration of educated workers available for very reasonable
wages. Approximately 40% of the
working age population holds a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 18% at
the state level and 20% at the national level.
While only 74% of Florida's labor pool graduated from high school, 85%
of Leon County's workers have earned diplomas. The median household effective
buying income is $31,000 for Tallahassee.
Tallahassee's employment base is largely comprised of government,
educational institutions and professional service organizations.
The state government, including educational institutions, is the number
of employers in Leon County with 57,800 employees on payroll.
The cost of doing business in Tallahassee is among the lowest in
Florida. Wage rates for most
office, service and manufacturing occupations are below the state average.
Education attainment levels in the Tallahassee area are well above those
of many other Florida counties and even sate and national levels as well.
Leon County students continue to score higher than students statewide
and nationally on both the verbal and math sections of the Scholastic Aptitude
Test. The SAT assesses verbal and
mathematical reasoning skills and is reported on a point scale ranging from
200 to 800.
The school enrollment for Kindergarten through 12th grade is
approximately 31,000 in Leon County.
The Leon County public schools are just the first part of a strong
educational network. For students
seeking college degrees, we offer Florida A&M University, Florida State
University, Tallahassee Community College and the Lively Technical Center,
which have a combined enrollment of nearly 60,000 students.
|Florida State University|
Our abundant resources for research and high technology are an advantage
for both business and education. Tallahassee
is home to the nation's premier research facility for magnet-related
technologies - the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Combined with other well-established science and technology
opportunities and research programs, the lab positions Tallahassee as the
origin for many scientific discoveries and emerging technologies of the 21st
The City of Tallahassee owns and operates the Tallahassee Regional
Airport which is served by two commercial airlines-Delta and US Airways, as well
as several commuter airlines, including Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Piedmont,
Continental Connection and Mesa. The
Tallahassee Regional Airport, currently provides service for 64 arriving flights
and 63 departing flights per day.
Since 1919, the city has operated under a commission-manager form of
government. The City Commission, a
policy making body, is composed of five members elected at-large for four year
terms. Each year, the commission
selects a mayor.
|State Capital Building||One of Many Canopy Roads|
Taken from an Economic and
Demographic Profile of Tallahassee and Leon County.
The Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce