Tallahassee Business Signs
Tallahassee is a city located in the northwestern region of the present-day U.S. state of Florida. Prior to European colonization, this area was inhabited by the Apalachee, a Mississippian culture of mostly agrarian peoples. In fact, the capital of Apalachee Province, Anhaica, was once located within modern Tallahassee’s city limits.
According to Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, Tallahassee is, in fact, a Muskogean word which roughly translates to “old fields” or “old town.” Spanish missionaries encroached more and more into Apalachee Province until Hernando de Soto’s expedition of 1538-1539 occupied Anhaica.
Hundreds of years later, skirmishes were fought in the area during the First Seminole War between Native Americans and US General (and later President) Andrew Jackson’s forces. Eventually, Jackson would prevail. The city of Tallahassee, Florida, established in 1824, became the capital of Florida, which it has remained ever since.
Tallahassee, Florida, according to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, currently has a total population of 189,907 people. This makes it the 126th most populous city in the country. Tallahassee, Florida’s metropolitan area, according to that same estimate, has a population of 377,924 people in total. This makes it the United States’s 140th most populous metropolitan area.
Inevitably, due to Tallahassee’s role as the capital of Florida, the State of Florida is the largest employer in the city. In fact, according to Tallahassee, Florida’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the State of Florida is responsible for 19,442 employees. Florida State University, Tallahassee’s second largest employer, employs 14,378 people. Leon County School Board, the city’s third highest employer, employs a mere 5,383 people. Tallahassee, Florida isn’t all about its state functions, however. The city is home to several companies including Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the Municipal Code Corporation, the State Board of Administration of Florida (SBA), and United Solutions Company.
Despite these corporate headquarters, the apparatus of state can be seen in Tallahassee, Florida’s skyline. The city features the Supreme Court of Florida, the Florida Governor’s Mansion, nearly 30 state agency headquarters, and, of course, possibly the most impressive item on the list: the Florida State Capitol. The Florida State Capitol, which was built in 1845 in the Classical Revival style of Architecture, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Featured in the Florida State Capitol’s complex is the tallest building in Tallahassee, Florida, which stands at a whopping 345 ft (101 m).
As stated previously, Tallahassee, Florida is also home to several universities of note. The first of which is Florida A&M University, which is a public, historically black university. Founded on October 3rd, 1887 as the Florida Agricultural Mechanical College for Negroes, Florida A&M University “is one of the largest historically black universities in the United States by enrollment and the only public historically black university in Florida.” As of 2016, it had a $113.1 million endowment with 9,614 students enrolled in total.
Tallahassee, Florida’s most famous university, however, is Florida State University. Florida State University, established in 1851, is a public space and sea-grant research university. It is the oldest continuous site of higher education in all of Florida. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, FSU is a “Research University with Very High Research.” As of 2016, FSU had a $652 million endowment with 41,867 students enrolled in total.
FSU’s NCAA Division I – ACC Seminoles sport 20 varsity teams who have collectively won a total of 17 team national championships! As for professional sports, Tallahassee, Florida is home to AIFL’s Tallahassee Titans and ABA’s Tallahassee Tigers, who both play their home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Do you own a small business in the Tallahassee, Florida area? Thinking about it? These resources could prove useful to you:
Apply for a Business License in Tallahassee, Florida:
Business – Tallahassee Magazine:
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce:
Florida Chamber of Commerce:
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