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Perry, Florida
City
Perry City Hall and Fire Department
Perry City Hall and Fire Department
Location in Taylor County and the state of Florida
Location in Taylor County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Taylor
Area
 • Total 9.3 sq mi (24.1 km2)
 • Land 9.3 sq mi (24.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,017
 • Density 736.2/sq mi (284.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32347-32348
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-56150
GNIS feature ID 0288724

Perry is a city in Taylor County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,017. It is the county seat of Taylor County. The city was named for Madison Starke Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War.

Geography

Perry is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 km2), all land.

Perry is approximately 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Tallahassee.

History

The Perry Race Riot occurred in Perry on 14 and 15 December 1922, during which whites burned Charles Wright at the stake and attacked the black community of Perry after the murder of a white schoolteacher. On the day following Wright's lynching two more black men were shot and hanged; whites then burned the town's black school, Masonic lodge, church, amusement hall, and several families' homes.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 1,012
1920 1,956 93.3%
1930 2,744 40.3%
1940 2,668 −2.8%
1950 2,797 4.8%
1960 8,030 187.1%
1970 7,701 −4.1%
1980 8,254 7.2%
1990 7,151 −13.4%
2000 6,847 −4.3%
2010 7,017 2.5%
Est. 2015 7,055 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,017 people, 2,661 households, and 1,828 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.0 people per square mile (284.6/km²). There were 3,073 housing units at an average density of 330.9 per square mile (127.7/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 55.0% White 40.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% Asian and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 2,661 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 23.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,986, and the median income for a family was $29,602. Males had a median income of $26,595 versus $19,041 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,845. About 23.0% of families and 28.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of those under age 18 and 26.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Perry-Foley Airport is a public-use airport located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the central business district.

Cultural references

  • A feature film was shot in Perry by local filmmakers in 2007, named County Road 14. County Road 14 is a road that passes through Perry.
  • Candle Wax Productions was created in 2008 by CJ Miles , Charles Willis And Jeremiah Souza. The group had a successful YouTube channel and made many films, before the groups retirement they created a trailer for a civil war movie called " The Confederates Son" Based On The Life of John Washington Willis.
  • Hegan's Cove Clothing Optional Beach , is located in perry, florida off of beach rd. Between steinhatchee florida and keaton beach on hagins cove rd.
  • Taylor County LGBTQ Community , Was established In 2017 to show support of all the active community members in and around Perry, Florida

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