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LEON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
LOCATION: 301 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
PHONE: (850) 577-4170
HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY
8:00AM-5:00PM
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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 Civil War, Tallahassee was never captured by the Union forces, and no Union Soldiers set foot in Leon County until Reconstruction.

Leon County is a county located in the state of Florida, named after the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Its population in July 2008 was estimated to be about 264,000. The principal place in Leon County is Tallahassee, the county seat and 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.
 
Map of Leon County
 
References:
  1. Find a County National Association of Counties.
  2. American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau.
  3. Population Estimates
  4. Education Level - Leon County
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