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Leon County

Founded December 29, 1824
County Seat: Tallahassee
666.74 sq. miles
Population (2010): 275,487
Median household income (2009): $40,725

Interesting Facts

» Leon County was named for Juan Ponce de León, 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.