Leon County: founded December 29, 1824
County Seat: Tallahassee
702 sq. miles (1818 sq. km)
Population (2000): 239,452
Median household income (2007): $48,739
Leon County was named for Juan Ponce de Leon, the first European to reach Florida. Tallahassee, which also serves as the capital for Florida, is the county seat. Its name is derived from a Creek Indian word meaning “old town”. During the 1850’s and 60’s Leon County was a “cotton kingdom” and ranked 5th out of all of Florida and Georgia counties in the production of cotton.
The rolling hills are what makes this county unique. The highest point is 280 feet located in the northern part of the county. Major highways are Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 27, U.S. Highway 90, U.S. Highway 319, State Road 20, State Road 61, State Road 155, State Road 263, State Road 267, and State Road 363. The County’s residents hold the distinction as having the highest level of education of those in any of Florida’s 67 counties. Leon County has 1,300 acres of open space, forest and woodlands between the Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway and J.R. Alford Greenway.
Leon County won the 2007 National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials’ Environmental and Conservation Award for exceptional efforts to reclaim, restore, preserve, acquire or develop unique and natural areas. In 2008 four of Leon County’s high schools were listed in the top 310 high schools in the United States by Newsweek’s “The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools:
Rickards ranked 70th
Lincoln ranked 80th
Leon ranked 217th
Lawton Chiles ranked 308th
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