- Fayette County, Kentucky
Infobox U.S. County
county = Fayette County
state = Kentucky
founded year = 1780
founded date =
seat wl = Lexington
area_total_sq_mi = 286
area_total_km2 = 739
area_land_sq_mi = 285
area_land_km2 = 737
area_water_sq_mi = 1
area_water_km2 = 3
area percentage = 0.35%
census yr = 2000
pop = 260,512
density_sq_mi = 916
density_km2 = 354
time zone = Eastern
UTC offset = -5
DST offset = -4
web = www.lfucg.com
named for =
General Lafayette(1757–1834), American Revolutionary Wargeneral
Fayette County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Kentucky. As of 2007, the estimated population was 279,044. Its territory, population and government are coextensive with the city of Lexington, which also serves as county seat.
One of three original counties formed when
Kentucky County, Virginiawas 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.
January 1, 1974, Fayette County merged its government with that of its county seatof Lexington, creating a consolidated city-countygoverned 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 km²), of which, 285 square miles (737 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.
U.S. Highway 25
U.S. Highway 27
U.S. Highway 60
U.S. Highway 68
U.S. Highway 421
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 260,512 people, 108,288 households, and 62,915 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 916 people per square mile (354/km²). There were 116,167 housing units at an average density of 408 per square mile (158/km²). 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 incomefor 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
Historically black rural hamlets
Schools in the county are operated by Fayette County Public Schools.
Colleges and universities
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Lexington Theological Seminary
National College of Business & Technology
University of Kentucky
ITT Technical Institute
Private high schools
* [http://www.lexingtoncatholic.com Lexington Catholic High School]
* Lexington Christian Academy
* [http://www.sayreschool.org Sayre School]
* [http://www.tcalex.org Trinity Christian Academy]
* Blue Grass Baptist School
Private middle and elementary schools
* [http://www.thelexingtonschool.org The Lexington School]
Public high schools
* [http://www.lexareampo.org/ Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization]
* [http://www.lfucg.com/ Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government]
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