Tallahassee, the capital of Florida has a population of more than 181,000 and a metropolitan population of 375,000. Situated in the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee is a center for healthcare and education related entities, major employers include Capital City Bank Group, General Dynamics Land Systems, Municipal Code Corporation and a number of national lobbying and professional associations.
Tallahassee is home to several colleges and universities, the largest of which are Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Tallahassee is a center for scientific research and home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the largest and highest-powered magnet research laboratory in the world. The universities have a significant impact on the quality of life in Tallahassee, providing access to a variety of cultural and athletic events. Seven Days of Opening Nights (www.sevendays- festival.org), Florida State University’s annual performing arts festival showcases talents in music, theater, dance, visual art film and literature. Florida State and Florida A&M offer the opportunity to attend a variety of athletic events and field several nationally competitive teams.
In 2007, Tallahassee was recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine as one of the “Top Ten College Towns for Grownups” (ranking second, behind Chapel Hill, North Carolina). The same year, the city ranked second on Epodunk's list of college towns in the “medium-sized city” class. The Nature Conservancy lists the Tallahassee region as one of “America’s Last Great Places.” Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors range from running and biking a network of trails in Maclay Gardens State Park (which borders the campus) to boating and fishing on any of a number of nearby lakes and rivers or the Gulf of Mexico.
“Tallahassee shares a deep-rooted history and culture with unparalleled nature and outdoor recreation. A fusion of cosmopolitan flair and charming personality defines the spirit of Florida’s Capital City – where it all comes together beautifully for visitors. Stretching along the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee is a place where college town meets cultural center, politics meets performing arts and history meets nature, a place where the vibrancy of what to do is matched only by the city’s inviting hospitality.” (www.visittallahassee.com)
The city is less than an hour’s drive from the Gulf of Mexico, and only two hours from the world renowned Florida panhandle beaches of the Emerald Coast.