Introduction to Perry, Florida

Located in Taylor county, Perry, Florida is 47 miles SE of Tallahassee, Florida (center to center) and 116 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida

Perry History

The city of Perry holds a seat on Taylor county. The town was named in honor of Edward A. Perry, a General in the American Civil War and also the fourteenth Governor of Florida. Taylor county was founded in the year 1856, and was named in honor of Zachary Taylor, the twelfth president of the United States who served as president from 1849 to 1851. The community of Perry is home to the Forest Capital State Museum.

Perry and Nearby Attractions

  • Fanning Springs State Park.
  • Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.
  • Peacock Springs State Park.
  • Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science.
  • Alfred B Maclay State Gardens.
  • Knott House Museum.

Things To Do In Perry

The museums in the area include the Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science. Other notable locations in the community include Forest Capital State Museum, Dekle Beach and Hodges Park. Taylor Square Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination in the community. The Springhill Church is nearby. The Taylor County Public Library is also in the area. The community hosts the Florida Forest Festival in the month of October.

Perry Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Valdosta Regional Airport.

Perry Higher Education

Higher education in the area includes Taylor Technical Institute, the Albany State University, Florida State University and Santa Fe Community College.


Total Population 7,058
Male Share of the Population 41.9%
Female Share of the Population 58.1%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,347
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $33,496
% Above Poverty Level 77.1%
% Below Poverty Level 22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $545
Median House Value $76,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 12.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Perry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles SE of Tallahassee, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida
County Taylor
Standard Zip Codes 32347, 32348
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.117
Longitude -83.581

Perry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PERRY
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 67 F
Apr Temp 53 to 82 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 56 to 84 F
Annual Precip 57.6 inches
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 80 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station MAYO
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 66 F
Apr Temp 54 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 83 F
Annual Precip 54.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Greenville 1,080 $33,409
Mayo 1,145 $40,982

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Perry Public Libraries

Taylor County Public Library
Perry, Florida
(850) 838-3512
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Perry Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(850) 584-0800
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

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Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

Serves 3 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.3

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