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Taylor County
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Country  United States
State  Florida
Founded December 23, 1856
Named for Zachary Taylor
Seat Perry
Largest city Perry
 • Total 1,232 sq mi (3,190 km2)
 • Land 1,043 sq mi (2,700 km2)
 • Water 189 sq mi (490 km2)  15.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Taylor County is a county located in the Big Bend region in the northern part of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,570. Its county seat is Perry. 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.


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.


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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,384
1870 1,453 5.0%
1880 2,279 56.8%
1890 2,122 −6.9%
1900 3,999 88.5%
1910 7,103 77.6%
1920 11,219 57.9%
1930 13,136 17.1%
1940 11,565 −12.0%
1950 10,416 −9.9%
1960 13,168 26.4%
1970 13,641 3.6%
1980 16,532 21.2%
1990 17,111 3.5%
2000 19,256 12.5%
2010 22,570 17.2%
2019 (est.) 21,569 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

As of the census 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%.


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



Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities



  • Perry Foley Airport


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.

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

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