There’s no state or local personal income tax (forbidden by the state Constitution); groceries and medicine are tax-free; no “car tax” on personal property; $50,000 in available property tax relief for homeowners age 65+; plenty of available housing (example: a three-bedroom, two-bath home with an attached garage often sells for $175,000 or less). Gulf beaches are less than an hour away, yet Tallahassee lies outside of the high-priced coastal wind zone, where homeowners’ insurance can be very expensive.

State income tax rate: None

State sales tax rate: 6.0%

Local income tax rate: None

Local sales tax rate: 1.5%

2011 property tax rates:

Taxing Authority Millage Rate
Leon County Commission 7.850
County Health MSTU 0.000
County EMS MSTU .500
School Board
   State Law 5.5350
   Local Board 2.2480
Tallahassee City Commission 3.7000
Downtown Improvement Authority 1.000
Northwest Florida Water
Management District   .0400
Inside City Limits 19.8730
Outside City Limits 16.1730
Downtown Improvement 20.8730