Place:Leon, Florida, United States

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NameLeon
Alt namesLeonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates30.483°N 84.2°W
Located inFlorida, United States     (1824 - )
See alsoWakulla, Florida, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Leon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. According to a 2012 population estimate by the United States Census Bureau, the county's population was 283,769. The county seat of Leon County is Tallahassee which also serves as the state capital. The county seat is home to two of Florida's major public universities, Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Leon County residents have the highest average level of education among Florida's 67 counties.

The county forms the nucleus of the Tallahassee, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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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 all other Confederate capitols in the American Civil War, Tallahassee was never captured by the Union forces, and no Union Soldiers set foot in Leon County until Reconstruction.

Also see Plantations of Leon County.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1824 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1824 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1825 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1825 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1825 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 6,494
1840 10,713
1850 11,442
1860 12,343
1870 15,236
1880 19,662
1890 17,752
1900 19,887
1910 19,427
1920 18,059
1930 23,476
1940 31,646
1950 51,590
1960 74,225
1970 103,047
1980 148,655
1990 192,493

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External links

www.co.leon.fl.us/leon.html


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