Best Places to Live

Tallahassee, FL

Population: 187,024
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As the state capital and the home of Florida State University, one thing’s for sure: Tallahassee is seldom sleepy. In Tallahassee you can find live music, art, history, outdoor adventure and an optimistic energy. It’s no coincidence that Livability also named Tallahassee one of the best places in the country to get a fresh start.

Tallahassee has all the perks (and youthful energy!) of a college town with the connectedness and economic benefits that comes with being the center of state government — and a cost of living that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re a college student looking for a fun place to spend four years, an entrepreneur searching for an ideal place to base your business, or a retiree looking for a tight-knit, caring community, Tallahassee has got you covered.

Local Obsession: FSU football, of course.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Fall football feels more like summer.

Top Industries and Employers: As the capitol, Tallahassee’s top employer is the state of Florida. Other major employers are Florida State University and the local public schools, so it’s a great place to be if you work in education.

Local Dream Job: Instructor leading FSU’s circus courses. (Yeah, they really have those!)

Quintessential Meal: A hot slice from Gumby’s Pizza.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Cheering on the home team at the FSU football game.

After-Work Meetup Spot: PrimeTime

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Proof Brewing Company

Beloved Bookstore: Midtown Reader

Free Way to Have Fun: Exploring the exhibits at the Museum of Florida History.

Hidden Gem: The Fox &  Stag, an intimate spot with amazing cocktails and live music.

- Claire Hannum

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Tallahassee, FL Ranking Data

Civic
48
Demographics
50
Economy
67
Education
66
Health
57
Housing
53
Infrastructure
69