In an interview with Tanaka and Sundi it was said:
When creating a new character, players will be able to freely select their starting location as well. While Final Fantasy XI offered special rings depending on your hometown, Tanaka expresses interest in giving everyone a completely level playing field this time around. The point is to allow everyone to start fresh and not influence their choice of race, hometown, or what path they may wish to take with the growth of their character. To this end, there will also be no significant differences between the races. All races can learn the same skills and abilities, but there may be other slight nuances to make them unique.
With this revelation I wonder how many Lalafell's we will actually see in FFXIV. I suspect the majority of Taru only chose that job for the int bonus.