Taylor


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 wood-stove heated one room schoolhouse 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 saw mill, cotton gin, naval stores distillery, and a variety of stores. Taylor was incorporated in June 1967 and held its first municipal elections soon thereafter. At that time, Taylor had a population of only 125.

Demographics 

Taylor's population according to the 2010 Census was 2,375. Of that number, 87.5 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 7.2 percent as African American, 5.2 percent as Hispanic, 2.1 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $43,603, and the per capita income was $16,833.

Employment 

According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Taylor was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Retail trade (17.3 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (15.5   percent)
· Manufacturing (12.8 percent)
· Construction (12.4 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (9.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.3 percent)
· Wholesale trade (5.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (5.1 percent)
· Public administration (4.7 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.5 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.2 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (2.0 percent)
· Information (1.1 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.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published August 16, 2012
Last updated August 16, 2012