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Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentuckymarker. As of 2008, the estimated population was 282,114. Its territory, population and governmentmarker are coextensive with the city of Lexingtonmarker, which also serves as county seat.

Fayette County is part of the Lexington‚ÄďFayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.


One of three original counties formed when Kentucky County, Virginia was divided by the Virginia Act in 1780 (the other two counties being Jeffersonmarker and Lincolnmarker). 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 Lexingtonmarker, creating a consolidated city-county governed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (739 km¬≤), of which, 285 square miles (737 km¬≤) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km¬≤) of it (0.35%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 260,512 people, 108,288 households, and 62,915 families residing in the county. The population density was 916 people per square mile (354/km¬≤). There were 116,167 housing units at an average density of 408 per square mile (158/km¬≤). 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

Rural communities

  • Athensmarker
  • Clays Ferry
  • Little Texas
  • South Elkhorn
  • Spears (split between Jessaminemarker and Fayette Counties.)

Historically black rural hamlets

  • Bracktown
  • Cadentown
  • Little Georgetown
  • Pralltown
  • Jimtown



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

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