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. The city was named for Madison Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War.
Perry City Hall and Fire Department
|Coordinates: 30°6′52″N 83°34′57″W|
|• Total||9.38 sq mi (24.30 km2)|
|• Land||9.38 sq mi (24.30 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|• Density||750.99/sq mi (289.97/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0288724|
Perry is located at 30°06′52″N 83°34′57″W.
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.
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. Firefighters battling a blaze at a natural gas plant were injured when an explosion ripped through the area, sending a mammoth fireball into the sky. The flames destroyed at least six houses and several vehicles and forced the evacuation of 100 homes within two miles of the plant. Four firefighters were hospitalized. Their injuries weren't considered life-threatening.Employees of the Florida Gas Transmission Co. plant had already been evacuated because of the fire. The blast occurred an hour later. Taylor County Fire Chief Ashley Newell rescued two firefighters, abandoning his car to help drag the injured men to safety.
|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 people 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.
Students are served by the Taylor County School System. For the 2007–2008 school year, the Florida Department of Education gave the District a "B" grade, with each of its four schools earning a "B" as well.
The Perry Police Department (PPD) is a 24-person agency with four fully trained Patrol K-9 teams. Each handler and K-9 partner are exposed to at least 500 hours of training, and some instances, as many as 800 hours to be certified.
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