A Community for Learning
Tallahassee is home to more than seven higher learning institutions such as Florida A&M University and Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, and the Lively Technical Center--one of ten centers for electronic excellence in the state offering entry-level training in disciplines such as electronics, drafting, aircraft maintenance and computer service. Keiser University provides accelerated degree programs in areas such as computers, business, allied health and culinary arts. In partnership with Tallahassee Community College (TCC), St. Augustine-based Flagler College offers four-year degrees in elementary education and business administration on TCC’s campus.
Leon County students continue to score higher than students statewide do and nationally on both the verbal and mathematical sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The average SAT score of Leon County students is 1,052 compared to the Florida average of 997 and national average of 1,020. Leon County Schools rank among the top districts in the state for student success as measured by the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test). Of the 67 school districts in Florida, Leon County ranks among the top 7 districts in every subject at every grade level (in all but four areas, ranks in top 5 districts). 84% of Leon County students continue post-secondary pursuits.
A City Commission comprised of a leadership mayor and four at-large commissioners, all elected to staggered four-year terms, governs the City of Tallahassee. The City owns the local electric utility, which contributes substantially to the city's revenues. Leon County is governed by five district and two at-large commissioners, also elected to staggered terms of four years. The Chair of the County Commission rotates annually among commissioners. The Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Tax Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections also are elected to terms of four years.
A state capital with two major universities, Tallahassee enjoys a stable economy and comparatively low unemployment. While winter is high season for tourists in South Florida and summer attracts the most visitors along the Florida Panhandle, Tallahassee's busiest months occur in March and April when the Legislature is in session. As the state government center for Florida, Tallahassee is home to more than 2,000 registered lobbyists and more than 300 professional and business organizations. Fifty-six hotels and motels, many with meeting facilities, offer nearly 5,000 rooms. Additional meeting and exhibit space is available at the Tallahassee/Leon County Civic Center, the University Center Club and the FSU Conference Center.