Penney Farms, Florida

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Penney Farms is a town in Clay County, Florida, United States. The population was 580 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 617.[1]



In 1926, department store pioneer J. C. Penney founded the community of Penney Farms. He planned to develop an experimental farming village. The State of Florida incorporated the town in 1927. The real estate decline and stock market crash, however, caused Penney to scale back his ambitions to a community for retired ministers in honor of his minister father. Today, the Penney Retirement Community is a 192-acre (0.78 km2) home to Christian laypeople as well as clergy and missionaries.


Penney Farms is located at 29°58′52″N 81°48′36″W / 29.981070°N 81.809948°W / 29.981070; -81.809948.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 km² (1.4 sq mi), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 580 people, 266 households, and 171 families residing in the town. The population density was 414.7 people per square mile (160.0/km²). There were 290 housing units at an average density of 207.4/sq mi (80.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.86% White, 8.28% African American, 0.17% Asian, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 266 households out of which 6.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.23.

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