The city of Tallahassee was founded as the Florida capital in 1824. This was the central point for the two earlier regional capital cities of Pensacola and Saint Augustine, in that each had attempted to become the government seat following statehood in 1822.
Tallahassee is located 20 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and 14 miles south of the Georgia state line. The area has a unique rolling terrain ranging from 65 to 210 feet which is rare in the mostly flat state of Florida. This community is also known for its canopy roads, moss-draped oaks and springtime profusion of dogwoods, azaleas, and wisteria. Wildlife reserves, lakes and springs offer nature observation, hunting and fishing.
The city was slow to grow, as the area was principally an agricultural community. Today, the city is experencing rapid growth with a population more than five times what it was in 1950.