The Facts about Tallahassee

Tallahassee, nestled among the rolling hills of northwest Florida, is located in the center of the eight-county “Big Bend” area. Geographically, Tallahassee is close to both the Gulf of Mexico, a mere twenty miles to the south, and to Georgia, fourteen miles to the north.

Population: 190,894

Average Annual Sunny Days: 233

Average Annual Temperature: 67.6*F

Median property tax: $1429

Median home price: $177,900

Tallahassee’s rolling landscape, typical of regions further north, is unique among the major cities of Florida. Some areas of the county, including the downtown ridge encompassing the Capitol complex, City Hall, and the County Courthouse, exceed elevations of 200 feet. The highest elevation in Leon County is 288 feet, found in the northern part of the county, about a quarter mile to the southwest of Lake McBride. To the south of the city the hills yield to the flat terrain that is typical throughout the peninsula of Florida. The northern portion of the county consists of a thick layer of sand, silt, and clay overlying limestone formations, while most of the southern portion is characterized by flat, sandy lowlands.


Basking in a warm, sunny climate, Tallahassee has just what millions of Americans 50+ are looking for. Summers are long, warm and relaxing — with golf available 12 months a year. Tired of shoveling snow and mushing through slush in those gray, dreary, bone-chilling months? Here, winter is refreshingly cool, yet on many sunny January afternoons you’ll be comfortable strolling around outdoors in shorts and a T-shirt. Flowers bloom every February. It’s snowed in Tallahassee just seven times in our history — and every time it does, we take a picture for our museums!

Prevailing winds average 6.5 miles per hour and are from a southerly direction in the spring and summer, then shift toward a more northerly direction later in the year.

> 90°
< 32°
of Rain
Jan 64 40 0.0 10.8 10 4.7
Feb 67 42 0.0 7.7 9 4.9
Mar 73 48 0.0 3.1 9 6.2
Apr 80 53 1.4 0.3 7 4.0
May 86 62 7.8 0.0 9 4.6
Jun 90 69 19.6 0.0 12 7.0
Jul 91 71 23.1 0.0 16 8.6
Aug 91 72 22.0 0.0 15 7.0
Sep 88 68 15.2 0.0 9 5.5
Oct 81 57 1.8 0.3 5 3.2
Nov 72 47 0.0 4.1 7 3.5
Dec 66 41 0.0 9.5 8 4.3
Annual 78.7 55.7 91.0 35.7 116 63.5


State income tax rate: None

State sales tax rate: 6.0%

Local income tax rate: None

Local sales tax rate: 1.5%

In Tallahassee, enjoy not having to pay state or local personal income taxes, forbidden by the state Constitution; groceries and medicine are tax-free; no “car tax” on personal property; $50,000 in available property tax relief for homeowners age 65+; plenty of available housing (example: a three-bedroom, two-bath home with an attached garage often sells for $175,000 or less). Gulf beaches are less than an hour away, yet Tallahassee lies outside of the high-priced coastal wind zone, where homeowners’ insurance can be very expensive.


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