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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’s web site states that the city was named for Madison Stark Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate States Army colonel during the American Civil War.
Perry is located at WikiMiniAtlas30°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. Hampton Springs and Resort Hotel (Ghost Town) Location – Lat. 30° 04’ 53.36” N, Long. 83° 39’ 46.25” W (SW¼ NW¼ NE¼ sec. 6, T. 5 S, R. 7 E). Hampton Spring is located 4.4 miles (7.1 km) west of Perry off of US 98. From the intersection of US 98 and CR 356 (Hampton Spring Road), travel southwest on CR 356 approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the intersection with an unnamed road on the west (right) side of the road. Turn west (right) here and drive approximately 0.1 miles (0.16 km) to the bridge over Spring Creek. Hampton Spring is located approximately 0.1 miles (0.16 km) upstream along the east bank of Spring Creek.
Description – Hampton Spring discharges from the foundation of the historic Hampton Springs Hotel. The spring was surrounded by concrete to create a bathing area and swimming pool for the hotel. Water from a 2 ft (0.6 m) concrete pipe is diverted first into a semicircular concrete pool 10 ft (3.1 m) in diameter. Steps lead down to the pool along the semicircle on the east side. The spring flows west into a 6 ft (1.8 m) square pool surrounded on three sides by a retaining wall. The water then flows along a concrete canal into a larger rectangular pool. The largest pool is 45 ft (13.7 m) long, 12 ft (3.7 m) wide, and 4 ft (1.2 m) deep. Water from this pool is released into Spring Creek through a pipe in the foundation. The spring water is clear with a strong hydrogen sulfide smell and has large amounts of dark green algae. All three pools have crumbling foundations. A hardwood forest is encroaching on the old foundation and spring. The hotel was a popular destination during the early 20th century and the county has finished renovating the property as a park. Discharge rate on June 9, 1999 measured 0.213 ft 3 /s.
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.
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.
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. This was due to the fact that the school board changed their academic standards to be lower so it appeared that they were a better school.
Taylor County High School, Home of the Bulldogs the 1997 Class 3A State Champions. In 2010 the Bulldogs completed an undefeated football season going 10-0, claiming the district championship.