Which Out-of-State Metros Send the Most New Residents to Tallahassee?

Tallahassee FL

By John Egan
December 07, 2016


Chances are that most new arrivals in the Tallahassee, FL, metro area already have a Florida driver’s license. Why is that? The top 10 metros that supply new residents to Tallahassee are all in the Sunshine State, with the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area holding the No. 1 spot, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Yet Tallahassee does draw its fair share of out-of-staters. And you don’t have to go terribly far to locate the top out-of-state metro for sending new residents to Tallahassee.

A LawnStarter analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that from 2010 to 2014, the Atlanta, GA, metro area provided an estimated 518 new residents per year to Tallahassee -- the most of any metro outside Florida. However, Tallahassee annually lost an estimated 953 residents to Atlanta during the same five-year period.

The result: The Tallahassee area -- consisting of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties -- had a yearly 435-resident deficit with Atlanta in 2010-14.

Below, you’ll find an infographic laying out the 12 out-of-state metros sending the most new residents to Tallahassee each year, along with how many residents Tallahassee loses to the same metros.



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Top photo: James Madison Institute

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