The town was first established in the 18th century, and it existed as a small southern town until World War II. At this time, the city grew substantially as the local government organizations attracted politicians, and the universities began to draw students. Tallahassee is home to Florida State University, which U.S. News named as the forty-third best public university in the nation. Florida A&M, a historically black university, is also located in the area, and there are a number of small private institutions available. School age children attend the Leon County School District, which has consistently received an "A" ranking based on Florida State's performance guidelines. There are a number of elementary and high schools located in the area along with some private institutions. Due to the large university presence, there are a number of competitive sports organizations, and spectators can enjoy a variety of events.

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Located in Leon County, Tallahassee serves as the Florida's capital, and is the county's only municipality. It is the biggest city in Northwest Florida with a population of 375,751. With a large university and college presence, the city is classified as a college town, and has a student population of over 70,000. However, the city has a number of diverse neighborhoods, which accommodate different needs. There are still a variety of areas that are perfect for families and couples.

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