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Fayette County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fayette County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1780
Named for General Lafayette (1757–1834), American Revolutionary War general
Seat Lexington
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

286 sq mi (739 km²)
285 sq mi (737 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.35%
 - (2000)
 - Density

916/sq mi (354/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 260,512; its county seat is Lexington; its territory, population and government are coextensive with Lexington.

History Edit

Robert F. Stephens Courthouse, Fayette County Kentucky

Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Complex

One of three original counties formed when Kentucky County was divided by the Virginia Act in 1780 (the other two counties being Jefferson and Lincoln). Fayette County included area north and east of the Kentucky River, 37 present-day counties, and parts of 7 others. It was reduced to its present boundaries in 1799. The county is named for Marquis de Lafayette, who came to America to assist with the American Revolutionary War.

On January 1, 1974, Fayette County merged its government with that of its county seat of Lexington, creating a consolidated city-county governed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 739 km² (286 sq mi). 737 km² (285 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.35%) is water.

Major highways Edit

Fayette County tree

Tree in Fayette County, Kentucky

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 18,410
1800 14,028 −23.8%
1810 21,370 52.3%
1820 23,250 8.8%
1830 25,098 7.9%
1840 22,194 −11.6%
1850 22,735 2.4%
1860 22,599 −0.6%
1870 26,656 18.0%
1880 29,023 8.9%
1890 35,698 23.0%
1900 42,071 17.9%
1910 47,715 13.4%
1920 54,664 14.6%
1930 68,543 25.4%
1940 78,899 15.1%
1950 100,746 27.7%
1960 131,906 30.9%
1970 174,323 32.2%
1980 204,165 17.1%
1990 225,366 10.4%
2000 260,512 15.6%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 260,512 people, 108,288 households, and 62,915 families residing in the county. The population density was 354/km² (916/sq mi). There were 116,167 housing units at an average density of 158/km² (408/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 81.04% White, 13.48% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 3.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 108,288 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.50% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.90% were non-families. 31.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.30% under the age of 18, 14.60% from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,813, and the median income for a family was $53,264. Males had a median income of $36,166 versus $26,964 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,109. About 8.20% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Rural Communities Edit

  • Athens
  • Clays Ferry
  • Little Texas
  • South Elkhorn
  • Spears (split between Jessamine and Fayette Counties.

Historically Black Rural Hamlets Edit

  • Bracktown
  • Cadentown
  • Little Georgetown
  • Pralltown
  • Jimtown

Education Edit

Schools Edit

Schools in the county are operated by Fayette County Public Schools.

Colleges and universities Edit

Private high schools Edit

Public high schools Edit

External links Edit

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Coordinates: 38°02′N 84°28′W / 38.04, -84.46

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