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 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 in August 1998 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.