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Leon County, Florida

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Leon County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 275,487. The county seat is Tallahassee, which also serves as the state capital. The county is named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León.

Leon County is included in the Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tallahassee is home to two of Florida's major public universities, Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Leon County residents have the highest average level of education among Florida's 67 counties.

Etymology - Origin of Leon County Name

Juan Ponce de Leon, first European to reach Florida.


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County History

Originally part of Escambia and later Gadsden County, Leon County was created in 1824. It was named for Juan Ponce de León, 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 much of Florida, Leon County has rolling hills. The highest point is 280 feet (85 m) located in the north part of the county. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 702 square miles (1,818 km2), of which, 667 square miles (1,727 km2) of it is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) of it (4.99%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Grady County, Ga.
  • Northeast: Thomas County, Ga.
  • East: Jefferson County
  • Southwest: Wakulla County; Liberty County
  • Northwest: Gadsden County


The adult citizens of Leon County enjoy the highest level of education in the state of Florida followed by Alachua County with a total of 67.8%.

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