Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. It is located in a remote area in the Florida panhandle. The largest city in northwest Florida, Tallahassee became the state capital in 1824 because it is located conveniently between St. Augustine and Pensacola, the two principal cities in the state at that time.
Tallahassee is both a government and a college town. It houses Florida State University and Florida A&M University, which is the third-largest historically black university in the United States. The capitol buildings, located on a hill in downtown Tallahassee, dominate the city's skyline and are a significant part of its heritage. Tallahassee is also a regional center for scientific research. It is the location of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the largest magnetic laboratory in the world and the only one of its kind in the country.