Paisley, Florida

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Paisley, Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°59′15″N 81°32′13″W / 28.98750°N 81.53694°W / 28.98750; -81.53694Coordinates: 28°59′15″N 81°32′13″W / 28.98750°N 81.53694°W / 28.98750; -81.53694
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Lake
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 734
 • Density 215.9/sq mi (82.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32767
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-53850[1]
GNIS feature ID 0306187[2]

Paisley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 734 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Paisley is home to Boy Scout Camp La-No-Che on the north shore of Lake Norris which at times during the summer and other special events has a larger population than the CDP itself.

The main arteries of the town of Paisley is Lake County Road 42 and Maggie Jones Road.

Paisley is also host to the Toronto Argonauts' pre-season training and free agency camp.

On the morning of February 2, 2007, a tornado touched down in the community and was blamed for at least 14 deaths.


Paisley is located at 28°59′15″N 81°32′13″W / 28.98750°N 81.53694°W / 28.98750; -81.53694 (28.987370, -81.536972).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (4.37%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 734 people, 317 households, and 217 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 223.7 people per square mile (86.4/km²). There were 396 housing units at an average density of 120.7/sq mi (46.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.41% White, 0.68% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 1.23% from other races, and 0.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.

There were 317 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,000, and the median income for a family was $38,500. Males had a median income of $29,732 versus $26,111 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,798. About 14.0% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable People[edit]

Visionary and Creator Walt Disney had ties to the area. His parents, Flora Call and Elias Disney, were married here, in Lake County. Officially designated a county on May 27, 1887, Lake issued its first marriage license exactly seven months later, in December, for the Disney-Call union. The wedding took place Jan. 1, 1888, in the tiny Kismet church in the Paisley area of the county. The couple's famous son missed being a native Floridian by just a few years. The late Orlando Sentinel journalist Ormund Powers sketched out the story in a 1998 column, quoting from a history of the Paisley area. Fleeing the Kansas winters, Walt Disney's maternal grandparents, Charles and Henrietta Call, lived in Huron County, Ohio, in the 1860s, and moved to Ellis, Kan., in 1879, but after several harsh winters, they moved about 1884 to Lake County and became Florida pioneers. The Calls' Kansas neighbors, Kepple Disney and his son Elias, also made the journey south and settled in the Paisley area. The Calls acquired 80 acres about a mile north of the Paisley settlement. The Call children included a son, Charles Jr., and four daughters: Flora (Walt Disney's mother), Jessie, Grace Lila, and Julia. Kepple Disney returned to Kansas in 1887, but Elias stayed behind to wed Flora in that January 1888 ceremony in the little Kismet church. She was almost 20; Elias was almost 29.[4]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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