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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

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Taylor County, Florida

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Taylor County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 22,570.  Taylor County was created on December 23, 1856 from Madison County. The county seat is Perry. This county is named for Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), 12th President of the United States. 

Etymology - Origin of Taylor County Name

This county is named for Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), 12th President of the United States.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

Taylor County History

Taylor County was created in 1856. The county is named for Zachary Taylor, twelfth President of the United States of America, who served from 1849 to 1851.

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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,232 square miles (3,191 km2), 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.

Taylor county is located in northwest Florida. Part of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Madison County
  • East: Lafayette County
  • Southeast: Dixie County
  • Southwest: Gulf of Mexico
  • Northwest: Jefferson County

Education

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. District Website

Taylor County High School has a marching band, concert band, and jazz band. The band is under the direction of Bill Shipley.

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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