is a county
located in the state
. As of 2000, the population was 19,256. The U.S. Census Bureau
2005 estimate for the county is 19,622
Its county seat
is Perry, Florida
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 1851.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 1,232 square miles
), of which, 1,042 square miles (2,699 km²) of it is land and 190 square miles (492 km²) of it (15.43%) is water.
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
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.
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.
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