Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, with 181,000 inhabitants—and growing fast. Located in the Florida panhandle, Tallahassee houses 9 universities and colleges, and has one of the largest growing high-tech/manufacturing economies in the country. Its humid subtropical climate makes it ideal for vacations and outdoor activities. Its closeness to the gulf coastline makes it ideal for watersports and beach visits. Recently, the city has become an important spring for political news, especially after the dramatically close results of the 2000 presidential election.