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Taylor

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Taylor is located in both Geneva and Houston Counties in the southeast corner of the state, with most of the town lying within Houston County. It has a mayor/council form of government.
History
Taylor was first settled in the 1870s. The town was named after an early family, the Taylors, who was instrumental in securing the first post office. The first school in town opened in 1884, a one-room schoolhouse heated by a wood stove to which students had to take their own water. The Central of Georgia Railroad was built through Taylor in 1901, leading to further expansion of the town. Businesses in the area included a sawmill, cotton gin, naval stores distillery, and a variety of stores. Taylor was incorporated in June 1967 and held its first municipal elections soon thereafter.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Taylor recorded a population of 2,704. Of that number, 88.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 8.5 percent as African American, 3.9 percent as Hispanic, 2.7 percent as two or more races, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income was $41,806, and the per capita income was $16,286.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Taylor was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (14.3 percent)
  • Retail trade (12.5 percent)
  • Manufacturing (12.1 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (11.0 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (9.2 percent)
  • Public administration (8.3 percent)
  • Construction (7.1 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (7.0 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.8 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (5.6 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (3.9 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (1.3 percent)
  • Information (0.9 percent)
Education
Public school students in Taylor attend Houston County schools; no public schools are located within the city limits.
Transportation
State Highway 52 runs northeast-southwest through Taylor, and County Road 59 runs north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
The town holds an annual Taylor-Made Festival that features a beauty pageant for various age groups, a car show, live music, and fireworks.

Additional Resources

Houston County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Houston County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.
Published:  August 16, 2012   |   Last updated:  November 10, 2020