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Fayette is a city in Howard Countymarker, Missourimarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,793 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Howard Countymarker . It is in the Columbia, Missourimarker Metropolitan Statistical Areamarker.


Fayette is located at (39.145468, -92.686126) . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,793 people, 976 households, and 578 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,253.6 people per square mile (483.6/km²). There were 1,133 housing units at an average density of 508.5/sq mi (196.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.16% White, 18.33% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 976 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 28.2% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,276, and the median income for a family was $35,694. Males had a median income of $27,768 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,451. About 9.1% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.


Fayette is home to Central Methodist University, a private 4-year accredited university, and was also home to the now-defunct Howard-Payne Junior College.Fayette has 1 Elementary school(L.J. Daly), 1 Middle School (W.N. Clark), 1 High School (Fayette High School).


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