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Living in Tallahassee, FL

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  • Tallahassee has a Livability Score of 64/100, which is considered below average
  • Tallahassee crime rates are 73% higher than the Florida average
  • Cost of living in Tallahassee is 1% lower than the Florida average

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Spent 18 yrs there 3 rating By genoise ( Aug 15, 2015) Tallahassee is a great place to live...if you travel a lot. I moved to TLH after living in Boca Raton for a short time and hated Boca Raton. TLH was a breath of fresh air, as there are a lot of educated, interesting people. Aside from interesting, educated people, the bright s ...Read More pot is all Florida State University has to offer. They have a superb school of music, offering classical music concerts that are free or nearly so. Likewise, school of theater and top notch athletics - football, basketball and baseball, even a circus. Tallahassee also boasts a fabulous professional symphony orchestra, The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. To make a decent living, you really need to own your own business. Housing prices are relatively low, although higher than other places in FL. Restaurants are, for the most part, terrible. When I lived there, there was one great restaurant, Albert's Provence. It is now owned by someone else and I cannot speak to quality. The Governor's Club is definitely worth membership. A lot of dining takes place in private homes, for obvious reasons. At the time I lived there, I would sometimes have special ingredients shipped in as grocery store offerings were wanting. Shopping? Forget it. There are men's stores but for women's clothing, you must leave town. Leaving town is not easy as there are very few airlines and air fares are astronomical. There is a nice jewelry store, The Gem Collection. This report gives a very poor crime rating. There is crime near the universities and downtown but other areas of Tallahassee are very safe. Weather? Oh, my, do I have to go outside? The good thing about Tallahassee weather is you can experience 4 seasons. Fall and Spring are delightful but brief. And, unfortunately, Spring comes with a yellow coating of pollen. Winter is also nice, in my opinion. It may freeze a few times a year but no snow. Summer, well, summer is a good time to leave town. Many people have summer homes in the Carolinas. If you travel frequently, you can satisfy your need for shopping, restaurants and decent summer weather but when you're there, you can enjoy what FSU has to offer and pleasant times in the homes of interesting friends. Read Less
Small, typical college town. 3.5 rating By thepoto ( Aug 11, 2014) I've lived in Tallahassee for four years as a student. Apart from the obvious college-town culture, Tallahassee has a lot going on. The city has a strong artistic vibe. Everyone should check out the Railroad Square Arts Park on the first Friday of the month for an open house of t ...Read More he art galleries, live music, and food trucks galore. The university (FSU/FAMU/TCC) population inspires a lot of musicians like Drake and Childish Gambino to perform in town from time to time. The downtown area is tiny, but quaint with a row of tasty restaurants. There is a heavy presence of locally owned businesses in the area, which include restaurants, bars, thrift shops, and boutiques. The city is also excellent for museum lovers or those looking for pieces of natural or cultural history in Florida. There is an historically Greek part of town, as well as nearby remnants of Spanish Missions, etc. Tallahassee is a fun place to explore, and an interesting place to live. Located a reasonable distance from nearby beaches, state parks, and the infamous Panama City. Read Less
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Try Tallahassee, FL 4 rating By Anonymous ( May 06, 2010) Planning on visiting Florida? Maybe a family trip to Disneyworld? Perhaps a week in Miami? Well, have you ever considered Tallahassee? My wife and I were looking for a weekend getaway that was not too far from our Central Florida home. We decided to try Tallahassee.

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...Read More santly surprised by the diversity of Tallahassee and the surrounding area. The state capitol offered us a chance to see various attractions and tour art galleries, visit a museum and see a number of historic sites. Driving around the city we admired all the live oaks and lush foliage. We passed by Florida State and had a Seminole moment.

My wife wanted to check out some thrift shops in Tallahassee so we spent part of the day shopping at the local Goodwill store and found a few bargains. We enjoyed a nice lunch at a local Tallahassee restaurant and before we knew it, we had to head home. I thought it was a great little trip and would definitely visit the city of Tallahassee again in the future. Read Less

Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee is Florida's capital city and home of the Florida State Seminoles. The Noles are one of the most feared football teams in all of college football, and the city has become famous for the Tomahawk Chop that is acted out by the crowd after every positive FSU play. In addition to politics and football, Tallahassee is home to a number of delicious restaurants that capitalize on the diversity of the city. Kool Beanz Cafe, Cypress Restaurant, and Sage Restaurant are just a few of the joints that locals love to rave about.

Home prices in Tallahassee are reasonable, and people looking to buy or rent a home typically have a good selection of quality homes to choose from during their search. College Town is the area of the city that is predominantly inhabited by college students, but there are a number of young professionals who have decided to call the area home as well. Killearn Estates and Chapel Ridge are great choices for those with high incomes and established careers. All throughout the city, there are neighborhoods with bargains to be had.

Getting around Tallahassee is easy by car, and the city also offers bus service via the StarMetro network of busses and rideshare vehicles. Many residents walk the city since it is a short stroll from campus to the government area and to many of the restaurants and shops. It is also possible to ride a bike in Tallahassee if you take all of the necessary precautions.

The Florida State Capitol Building is one of the must-see sights in the city. It has a very distinct architectural style that differs wildly from the traditional Greek or Roman look and feel that most State Capitol Buildings have. The Museum of Florida History is another worthwhile attraction that provides a comprehensive overview of the people who have turned Florida into what it is today. The Alfred B. Macklay Gardens is a little oasis in the heart of the city that has manicured lawns, beautiful flowers, and stunning water features.

Tallahassee has some great public schools, and families who live in the school boundaries will benefit from the wonderful teachers. Hawks Rise Elementary, Deerlake Middle, and Buck Lake Elementary are just a few of the schools that are highly regarded in Tallahassee.

Living in Tallahassee is great because it offers all of the perks and amenities of a capital city without being overwhelmingly large. The city is home to over 190,000 Floridians, but it does not feel that way when you are moving around town. The one thing that Tallahassee knows how to do is make people feel welcome, unless you are playing the Noles at Doak Campbell Stadium.


Killearn Gardens State Park
Centennial Field
Forest Meadows Park
Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway
Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway Crump Road Parking Area


621 Art Gallery
Mickee Faust Clubhouse
Opperman Music Hall
Lindsay Recital Hall
Dohnanyi Recital Hall

Food & Drink

Bubba's New York Style Pizza
The Florida Wing Factory
Luna's Italian Food
Canopy Road Cafe
Red Elephant
Drive to Work

3% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit

3% lower than the US average

Walk to Work

equal to the US average


Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare
Emergency Center - Northeast
Apalachee Behavioral Health Center
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tallahassee
Capital Regional Medical Center


Eastwood Pharmacy
Lake Ella Pharmacy
Stewart's Pharmacy and Wellness Store
WellPack Pharmacy
Walmart Pharmacy


Tallahassee Allergy Asthma
Tallahassee Ear, Nose, and Throat
Capital Health Plan
Preventive Cardiology & Internal Medicine
Tallahassee Sleep Diagnostic Center

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