There are many good Tallahassee neighborhoods which are very welcoming to new residents.

The city demographics are about one quarter college students as it is home to two major universities, Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) and TCC--the sizable community college.  Area college students make up a good part of the west-side, where the major schools (and bus lines) are located.  Many professionals and families tend toward the east, central and south-east parts of the city. 

Good long-time established central neighborhoods include Los Robles and Betton Hills.  Among the neighborhoods on the north-east side is the popular area of Killearn (with many highly-rated schools). Killearn is broken down into three areas: Acres, Estates and Lakes. Killearn Lakes is where a high school resides (Chiles), a middle school (Deerlake), and an elementary school (Killearn Lakes Elementary). Around Killearn Acres is DeSoto Trail Elementary and some private schools. The good thing about Killearn is that you'll find many different houses at many different price ranges.

Other popular areas for young professionals or graduate students closer into town are Indianhead Acres and Midtown, around Lake Ella.  Both areas have shopping and restaurants within relatively easy walking or biking distance and great city parks. 

East of the town center along US Highway 90 (Mahan Drive) and Buck Lake Road there are also a number of desirable neighborhoods such as Lafayette Oaks, The Vineyards, Avondale, Countryside, Sedgefield, and Piney Z.  There are parks and a branch library in this area and the schools are generally good. 

Southwood, a new community south of Tallahassee, has appealed to lots of people since they consider themselves a separate 'small town' within the bigger town.

Higher-end housing can be found on the NE side including neighborhood developments like Golden Eagle, Summerbrooke and Ox Bottom Manor.

Just south of the fairgrounds is a quiet neighborhood called Lakewood, which borders Campbell pond, a bird sanctuary and park.  The neighborhood is surrounded by a paved bike trail (separated from traffic) which links the St. Mark's multi-use trail to the city's paved bike paths.  This area has regular daytime and nighttime bus service, as well.    

Most areas have access to enjoyable city parks and shopping amenities. However, public transportation is not a strong suit in Tallahassee. Currently, there is only the city bus system (which heavily favors the west-side college student housing).  Walking is limited to some areas as sidewalks are not present on many streets.  As a method of transportation to the downtown, while biking lanes exist, they are often next to high speed traffic.  Paved bike paths and mountain bike trails wind through various other parts of the city, though, and the city is actively working on linking bike lanes and trails.  Taxis are available, but you will have to call, and there is usually a 30 minute wait.  Like many towns in Florida, a car is necessary for many to get around this area for many people.