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By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

Posted on May 17, 2017

By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

This week a group of business and government leaders headed to Nashville, Tennessee on a search for ideas that could translate to Tallahassee and benefit our community.
Below is a table comparing a number of characteristics between Nashville and Tallahassee.

Other than the major difference in population, there are some important comparisons that show variation. First, Tallahassee has a 10% edge on the number of people with at least a Bachelor’s Degree. However, Nashville’s median household income is approximately 20% higher than the median income in Tallahassee. The Tallahassee contingent needs to figure out what explains this difference.

Could the difference be explained by the mix of jobs?

The table shows that Tallahassee has 1.5% advantage in professional jobs, but Nashville has less service jobs than Tallahassee and significantly more jobs in the manufacturing and production employment categories. It would be interesting to know what industries are driving this advantage.

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9 Responses to By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

  1. Thomas C. Hooker Reply

    May 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    What are the tax comparisons?

    • Arthur Kirby Reply

      May 19, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Average homestead tax rate for Davidson County Tennessee is 1.000%. Residential property tax is based on the assessed value, which is 25% of the appraised value, and commercial property tax is also based on the assessed value, which is 40% of the total appraised value. Their per capita mileage for Davidson County only has circa 1/25th the number of *tax exempt* land parcels.

      Tennessee has no State income tax.

  2. phil Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

    A number of factors need to be considered when comparing the two cities, most of which can be ascertained without traveling to Nashville. First and foremost it is the capital of the country music industry generating $ billions. It also has a large tourism industry; a 2.1 million sq ft convention center to host many large conventions. It has 15 colleges. It has large healthcare corps. It has been a major rail and transportation hub for many years. Three interstates converge in Nashville. As the state capital it of course has many public employees, including a very large amount of federal employees. It also has some major traffic congestion, and transit service is not very visible. I am sure it is a fun place to visit.

    • Thomas C. Hooker Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

      and an NFL Football team?

    • AJ Reply

      June 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Fun place to visit, not as fun to live.

  3. Sam Smith Reply

    May 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I just read the article “Pinning down Tallahassee’s brand” in the Democrat. This is one of the dumbest taxpayer-funded junkets our local “leadership” has ever been on. Why don’t they just go to Paris? When they get home they can make a nice chart comparing the capital of Florida to the capital of France and then start planning their next trip. Of course Gary Yordon’s face was smack dab in the middle of this (despite the fact that he is no longer a public official).

    Tallahassee doesn’t need a brand. Tallahassee needs a better airport and a better newspaper. Tallahassee needs a more welcoming attitude to outsiders in the business community and competitive starting salaries for recent college grads. Tallahassee needs to stop voting for empty suits like Nancy Miller and Andrew Gillum.

    Thanks for letting me rant, TR. You provide a good public service.

    • Troy Vincent Reply

      May 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Sam Smith, I ageee with you 100% and it does not take a trip to another city to know what Tallahassee short-falls are – ridiculous.

  4. phil Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I wonder how any people flew to Nashville from Tallahassee vs. flying there from another city like Jax or PC. I read where some people flew there on a private jet.

  5. AJ Reply

    June 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I moved from Tallahassee to Nashville in 2014… to me, it honestly feels like being back in Tallahassee… just larger, more entertaining, more jobs, and more expensive. The lifestyle and culture here are nearly identical. I’ve been saying for years that the Tallahassee mall should’ve converted into a shopping center/medical complex, like the One Hundred Oaks Mall here in Nashville. Spend enough time here, and it feels like you never left.

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