I moved to from Seattle to Tallahassee to attend FSU. I have lived in many places in this country and out of it. Like anywhere else, what you bring to a place is as important as what you find there.
It’s true that Tallahassee is a small, conservative southern town, really much more southern Georgia than Northern Florida. It’s also true, however, that this can be a very relaxing, regenerative place. I’ve met some of the most beautiful, loving people I’ve ever known here, and have had occasion to do things here I never would have had access to anywhere else.
Like anywhere, this place has it’s drawbacks (it’s in the ‘bible-belt’, summers are HOT, it’s flat and swampy in most places, more football fanatics around here than you can count, job market’s rough, not a whole lot of ‘city’ in this city) and it’s attractions (plentiful hiking, close to the Gulf of Mexico and barrier islands, some great people here, cheep place to live if you bother snooping around for deals, slow pace of life, good place to recharge), and like anyplace else you’ll probably get as much out of it as you’re willing to put in.
All that said, it’s a good place to live for a while, then leave for someplace more exciting. I can see coming back when I’m older and would like to settle down, and I won’t say a bad thing about this place after I go, but it is a bit quiet for a younger person and I kind of like the city life. Still, Tallahassee’s pretty great if you spend the energy to find its hidden gems.over 5 years ago