Tallahassee : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee is located in the Big Bend area of northern Florida and a popular retirement community for many who want to live in a diverse city. Tallahassee is the state capital and a fast growing city (population 171,000) with several charming neighborhoods. Unlike almost anywhere else in Florida, there are gently rolling hills. There are some canopy roads that bring back visions of the old south – live oaks on the side of the road have canopies that meet overhead, and Spanish Moss drapes down from their elegant branches. Because the city contains the capitol and two universities (Florida State University and Florida A & M), the community is very diverse with something always going on. The city’s history goes back to its first western visitor, Hernando de Soto, who dropped by in 1538. Other distinguished residents have included Red Barber, Faye Dunaway, and Jim Morrison.

 

Where to Retire in Tallahassee and Home Prices

Tallahassee has every type of active adult community option – from living in the heart of the city to all types of planned communities further out from town. Fort Myers Park is a very nice residential area - the 1st and 3rd pictures above are from there. Indian Springs is a less pricey but solid family neighborhood that is also close to downtown. There are a number of active adult communities to the north and east, whereas the Gulf of Mexico is not that far to the west.
Real estate prices in the area tend to be lower than in coastal communities. According to NAR, the median home sales price was $180,000 in the third quarter of 2015, well above the 2012 level. 

 

What is special about Tallahassee

• Two universities • The state capital • Charming ambiance with rolling hills and Spanish moss • The springtime festival • Lovely old neighborhoods and parks
 

What is not special about Tallahassee

• There is lot  of traffic • Overdevelopment
 

Who will like retirement in Tallahassee

Tallahassee is a growing, vital community with all types of people living there. The city has voted democratic in the last 9 presidential elections, and has a reputation for being progressive. It is an extremely popular retirement location because it is culturally rich. Many retirees live in developments outside the city.
 

Local economy is driven by

Government, education, health and social services, retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, hospitality
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Tallahassee is on rolling hills and an elevation of 188 feet. Its climate is more like that of South Carolina or Georgia than the rest of Florida.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Tallahassee is the home of Springtime Tallahassee, the Southern Shakespeare Festival, and the Winter Festival. With two universities and other cultural institutions, it features a rich environment for the arts. Many writers and artists live and flourish here
 

Crime

Crime in Tallahassee is just over a third higher than the national average.
 

Medical facilities

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Doctors Hospital Of Tallahassee, Healthsouth Rehab Hospital Of Tallahassee

 

Transportation

Tallahassee Airport provides conveneient service. Amtrak
 

Valuable Links

Tallahassee page on Wikipedia


 

What people are saying about Tallahassee

If you have never visited Tallahassee you should put it on your list of places to inspect. It is a city, but a manageable one. Plenty to do with 2 universities and the state capitol. Rolling hills and live oaks dripping with spanish moss. Some nice quiet neighborhoods close in to downtown that you can bike or walk to. Biggest drawback - intense traffic some of the time.
Posted by papajuan on December 20, 2008

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Facts about TALLAHASSEE
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: john

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