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Welcome to Leon County
 
 
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Named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Its population in July 2008 was estimated to be about 264,000. The principal place in Leon County is Tallahassee, the county seat and state capital. The county seat is home to two of Florida's major public universities, Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Leon County residents have the highest average level of education among Florida's 67 counties.

The county forms the nucleus of the Tallahassee, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cities in Leon County include Tallahassee and Woodville.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  As of the census of 2000, there were 239,452 people, 96,521 households, and 54,341 families residing in the county. The population density was 359 people per square mile. There were 103,974 housing units at an average density of 156 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 66.36% White, 29.11% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.91% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. 3.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.  
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  Originally part of Escambia and later Gadsden County, Leon County was created in 1824. It was named for Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who was the first European to reach Florida. During the 1850s - 1860s, Leon County was a "cotton kingdom" and ranked 5th out of all of Florida and Georgia counties in the production of cotton from the 20 major plantations. Unlike all other Confederate capitols in the American Civil War, Tallahassee was never captured by the Union forces, and no Union Soldiers set foot in Leon County until Reconstruction.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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