Taylor County, Florida

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Taylor County, Florida
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Taylor County Courthouse
Map of Florida highlighting Taylor County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded December 23, 1856
Named for Zachary Taylor
Seat Perry
Largest city Perry
Area
 • Total 1,232 sq mi (3,191 km2)
 • Land 1,043 sq mi (2,701 km2)
 • Water 189 sq mi (490 km2), 15.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2017) 21,833[1]
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website www.taylorcountygov.com

Taylor County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,570.[2] Its county seat is Perry.[3] The county hosts the annual Florida Forest Festival and has been long known as the "Tree Capital of the South" since a 1965 designation from then-Governor W. Haydon Burns.[4]

History[edit]

Taylor County was created in 1856. It was named for Zachary Taylor, twelfth President of the United States of America, who served from 1849 to 1850.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,232 square miles (3,190 km2), of which 1,043 square miles (2,700 km2) is land and 189 square miles (490 km2) (15.3%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,384
18701,4535.0%
18802,27956.8%
18902,122−6.9%
19003,99988.5%
19107,10377.6%
192011,21957.9%
193013,13617.1%
194011,565−12.0%
195010,416−9.9%
196013,16826.4%
197013,6413.6%
198016,53221.2%
199017,1113.5%
200019,25612.5%
201022,57017.2%
Est. 201721,833[7]−3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2015[2]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 19,256 people, 7,176 households, and 5,130 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 9,646 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.84% White, 19.04% Black or African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 1.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,176 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,032, and the median income for a family was $35,061. Males had a median income of $27,967 versus $19,054 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,281. About 14.50% of families and 18.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.20% of those under age 18 and 17.90% of those age 65 or over.

In March 2016, the county's unemployment rate was 5.6%.

Education[edit]

Students are served by the Taylor County School System. For the 2006 - 2007 school year the Florida Department of Education gave the District a "B" grade with three of its schools earning an "A" and one school earning a "B" grade.[13]

Taylor County High School also has an Army JROTC unit which has been an Honor Unit with Distinction for 27 consecutive years.[14]

Library[edit]

The Taylor County Public Library is part of the Three Rivers Regional Library System], which also serves Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Dixie counties.[15]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Taylor County vote
by party in presidential elections
[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 74.13% 6,930 23.02% 2,152 2.85% 266
2012 68.37% 6,249 30.24% 2,764 1.39% 127
2008 68.79% 6,457 29.86% 2,803 1.35% 127
2004 63.71% 5,467 35.53% 3,049 0.76% 65
2000 59.59% 4,058 38.90% 2,649 1.52% 103
1996 39.86% 3,188 44.80% 3,583 15.34% 1,226
1992 37.34% 2,693 35.60% 2,568 27.06% 1,952
1988 69.06% 4,057 30.01% 1,763 0.94% 55
1984 69.98% 4,038 30.02% 1,732
1980 47.31% 2,776 50.49% 2,963 2.20% 129
1976 36.68% 1,983 62.34% 3,370 0.98% 53
1972 84.50% 4,109 15.50% 754
1968 15.71% 794 18.62% 941 65.66% 3,318
1964 60.91% 2,661 39.09% 1,708
1960 38.85% 1,212 61.15% 1,908
1956 28.52% 776 71.48% 1,945
1952 29.40% 744 70.60% 1,787
1948 10.81% 216 67.73% 1,354 21.46% 429
1944 8.28% 165 91.72% 1,828
1940 7.34% 198 92.66% 2,499
1936 6.27% 127 93.73% 1,897
1932 8.24% 130 91.76% 1,447
1928 38.05% 465 60.47% 739 1.47% 18
1924 16.45% 100 78.29% 476 5.26% 32
1920 17.73% 128 77.98% 563 4.29% 31
1916 8.36% 51 89.67% 547 1.97% 12
1912 15.43% 56 65.01% 236 19.56% 71
1908 31.13% 160 48.64% 250 20.23% 104
1904 37.54% 119 53.00% 168 9.46% 30

Transportation[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/taylorcountyflorida/PST045217
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Viola, Mark (October 19, 2015). "Tree Capital of the South". Perry Newspapers. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Publications of the Florida Historical Society. Florida Historical Society. 1908. p. 34. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  13. ^ District, Taylor County School. "Taylor County School District". www.taylor.k12.fl.us. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
  15. ^ "Three Rivers Regional Library System » Serving Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, & Taylor counties". 3riverslibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 

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Coordinates: 30°01′N 83°37′W / 30.02°N 83.62°W / 30.02; -83.62