Population: 188,466Median home value: $182,200 65 Ranks better than 35% of areas
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A+ Tallahassee Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Tallahassee Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Florida
982% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tallahassee cost of living
F Tallahassee Crime Total crime is 94% higher than Florida
Total crime
5,680107% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18107% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Tallahassee crime
F Tallahassee Employment Household income is 16% lower than Florida
Median household income
$40,94726% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,14419% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%57% higher than the US average
Tallahassee employment
F Tallahassee Housing Home value is 9% higher than Florida
Median home value
$182,2001% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9312% lower than the US average
Home ownership
39%38% lower than the US average
Tallahassee real estate or Tallahassee rentals
C Tallahassee Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Tallahassee K-12 schools or Tallahassee colleges

Living in Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, Florida is a moderately-sized city with a population of 188,466 residents. Individuals of White (57%) and Black or African American (35%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. The median age of all Tallahassee residents is 27, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Tallahassee, Florida could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Tallahassee and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 64/100, Tallahassee is ranked #18,856 in the United States and #784 in Florida. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Tallahassee ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). Unfortunately for Tallahassee, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Tallahassee, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Florida State University, Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, and Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Tallahassee is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Tallahassee come in at $182,200, which is 9.2% higher than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Tallahassee, the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 32.4% higher than the Florida average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Tallahassee area were 6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Spent 18 yrs there

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 spot 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.
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Small, typical college town.

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 the 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.
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Try Tallahassee, FL

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.

We were pleasantly 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.
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