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Renter's Guide to Tallahassee
If you’re seeking a home in Northern Florida, you can’t do much better than two-time All-American City Award Winner, Tallahassee.
The National Civic League’s most prestigious award is given to only 10 cities every year to honor their citizens’ dedication to “identify and tackle community-wide challenges”.
With 233 sunny days per year, access to two large universities, a stable housing market, and a location just 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s state capital is a jewel in the middle of the Panhandle.
A couple hours’ drive from Panama City and 196 miles from Pensacola, Tallahassee is somewhat cooler than the rest of the state. July temperatures average 82°F, while January’s daily average is 51°F. Every few years, Tallahassee even sees a few inches of snow.
Tallahassee is the 126th-largest city in the U.S., with a total area of 103 square miles, practically tiny compared to the eight times larger Jacksonville. Even so, it’s still the Sunshine State’s seventh-largest city, at roughly twice the size of Miami.
Tallahassee, FL Demographics
- Total Population188,463
Female 89,060Male 99,403
- Median Age26.6
Cost of Living in Tallahassee, FL
The cost of living in Tallahassee is four percent lower than the rest of the country.
Utilities for a 915-square foot apartment will set you back about $171.23, which is slightly more expensive than the national average of $147.
A three-course meal for two at one of Tallahassee’s mid-range restaurants is going to cost around $45, and you can expect to pay $3.70 for an after-dinner Cappuccino.
However, you can offset the cost slightly by commuting via the StarMetro bus line. The city’s public transportation offers flexible fares. A one-way trip will cost you $1.25, but monthly and weekly passes are also available. Best of all, kids and college students ride free.
Average Rent in Tallahassee, FL
- Tallahassee, FL Average Rental Price, December 2019 $1,235 /mo
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Living in Tallahassee, FL
If you enjoy the vibrancy of college towns, Tallahassee definitely fits the bill. The city's incredibly diverse, thanks in part to the 70,000 students who live on its two university campuses.
Livability.com named it their Number One Best City for African-Americans in the U.S., based on educational opportunities, such as those available at the Historically Black Florida A&M University, as well as the town’s rich African-American culture.
On the other hand, Tallahassee does suffer from a fairly high violent crime rate at 81 percent, almost double the U.S. rate of 41 percent.
Things to do in Tallahassee
There's so much to do in Tallahassee, you'll have trouble getting to it all. From annual events like the ArtiGras! Festival in February, Springtime Tallahassee in April, or the Tallahassee Wine and Food Festival every November, to outdoor excursions at the various parks and beaches, the city offers something for everyone.
One great family activity is zip lining at Tree-to-Tree Adventure. Or you can go kayaking on the Wakulla River, where you’ll see otters, turtles, and birds. If you'd rather skip the paddling, the Wakulla Springs Jungle Cruise will give you the chance to say hi to the local manatees. Then there's the Maclay State Gardens, which offer 1,176 acres of botanical gardens.
Nearby Cascades Park features an amphitheater, trails, an interactive water fountain for the kids, and a Discovery Garden playground. For more must-see places in Tallahassee, visit Tom Brown Park for baseball fields, a BMX track, disc golf course, racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, and more.
Finally, the largest U.S. National Forest in Florida is the Apalachicola National Forest, which starts right at the outskirts of Tallahassee. Along with trails for walking and horseback riding, there are several lakes that provide opportunities for fishing, hunting, and boating.
For a little history and culture, the Tallahassee Museum has 52 acres of boardwalks to watch the Florida wildlife from, but also offers a glimpse into the nineteenth century with an authentic farm where visitors can share in quilting, gardening, blacksmithing, and cooking.
Or you can check out the Goodwood Museum and Gardens, a plantation home that now doubles as a historic museum. The John G. Riley Museum of African American History & Culture, which celebrates the life of a former slave who rose to prominence in the community.
The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts on the FSU campus has more than 4,000 pieces by national and local artists. And the Gadsden Arts Center, located downtown, also hosts exhibits by numerous artists. For a taste of Broadway, the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center offers theater and entertainment productions.
Employment and Economy
Thanks in part to the educational institutions in Tallahassee, jobs are plentiful in the science and research fields, such as at the Leon County Research and Development Authority’s Innovation Park, which is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and research facility.
Since Tallahassee is the capital city, government jobs abound, as well as education and service industry employment. WalletHub named Tallahassee the 112th Best City in the U.S. to find a job.
Tallahassee, FL Households
- Total Number of Households75,194
Family 35,115Non-family 40,079
Children 17,278No Children 57,916
- Average People Per Household2.33
- Median Household Income$42,418
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$988
Education in Tallahassee
Tallahassee is currently ranked as the 18th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews. It's home to the U.S. News & World Report’s 43rd-best public university, Florida State University, as well as Florida A & M University, a Historically Black University.
Not to be outdone by the larger schools, Tallahassee Community College is the Number One college in the country for Associate of Arts degrees.
Public schools also fare well in Tallahassee. The Florida State University High School is ranked 34th in the state, and 525th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools report. Meanwhile, Lawton Chiles High School is 37th in the state, and 566th in the nation.
Tallahassee, FL Education Statistics
- No High School2%
- Some High School22%
- Some College21%
- Associate Degree14%
- Bachelor Degree24%
- Graduate Degree16%
Tips for Renting in Tallahassee
Are you ready for the move to Tallahassee? There are just a few things you need to know before packing up.
Tallahassee’s renters’ rights are the same as the rest of the state of Florida. For instance, landlords must supply essential utilities like water and electric, and of course, the property must be maintained and livable. If a tenant needs essential repairs and the landlord drags his feet in doing so, the renter has the right to contract for the work – at the landlord’s expense.
If a landlord threatens eviction for missing a rent payment, they have to give you at least three day's notice before beginning the eviction proceedings. And you're entitled to pay the missed rent before those three days are up.
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