American Homestay Network – Tallahassee

Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then a territory, in 1824. In 2015, the population was 189,907, making it the 7th largest city in Florida, and the 126th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is the home of Florida State University, ranked the nation’s thirty-eighth best public university by U.S. News & World Report. Tallahassee qualifies as a significant college town with a student population exceeding 70,000.   

Fun Facts About Tallahassee

  • The name Tallahassee stems from a Muskogean Indian word.
  • It is believed that the first Christmas celebrated in the United States was at the site of the DeSoto encampment in what is now Tallahassee.
  • In 1988, Money Magazine named Tallahassee as one of the top three cities in the southeast to live in.
  • In 1992, the National Arbor Tree Foundation awarded Tallahassee the “Tree City USA”.
  • In 1999, the National Civic League awarded Tallahassee the “All American City” award.

Homestay Partner Institutions in Tallahassee

CIES at Florida State University

The Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) is part of Florida State University, which is ranked as one of the USA’s “Top 100 research universities”. It is located in the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee, which is a vibrant and safe community, making it an ideal place to study, learn, and live. CIES has a small classroom setting so that teachers can work personally with each student.

Tallahassee Community College

Since 1966, Tallahassee Community College (TCC) has offered high-quality post-secondary education for the citizens of Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties, along with students from throughout the state, nation and abroad. TCC is consistently ranked as one of the top community colleges in the nation. TCC offers over 70 different degree and certificate programs that encompass a variety of fields from business Management to engineering, from nursing to law enforcement. Its Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for transfer to a state university also offers multiple tracks for those who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher. TCC represents a diverse student body, and affirms the growth and success of its students through academics, involvement in leadership, arts and more.

Other Colleges and Universities in Tallahassee

  • Florida State University
  • Florida A & M University
  • Tallahassee Community College

Explore the City

Try a Meetup! is a collection of groups that puts on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in Tallahassee.


On average, there are 233 sunny days per year in Tallahassee. The July high is around 92 degrees and the average January low is 29.

History and Demographics

Tallahassee History

Tallahassee Demographics