Originally part of Escambia and later Gadsden Counties, Leon was created by the territorial Legislature in 1824. Named for Juan Ponce de Leon, discoverer of Florida, it became ante bellum Florida's most prosperous and populous county. Tallahassee, the county seat, has been the state capital since 1824. Leon County is bordered by the Georgia state line to the north, Gadsden County to the west, Wakulla County to the south, and Jefferson County to the east.
Estimated Population: 293,582 (2019)