Fayette County, Kentucky facts for kids
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|Lexington-Fayette Urban County|
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Complex in Lexington
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette|
|• Total||286 sq mi (740 km2)|
|• Land||284 sq mi (740 km2)|
|• Water||1.9 sq mi (5 km2) 0.7%%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Fayette County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 295,803, making it the second-most populous county in the commonwealth. Its territory, population and government are coextensive with the city of Lexington, which also serves as the county seat. Fayette County is part of the Lexington–Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Fayette County was one of the original three counties created from the former Kentucky County, Virginia, by the Virginia Act in 1780, along with Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Together they separated from Virginia in 1792 to become the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Originally, Fayette County included land which makes up 37 present-day counties and portions of 7 others. It was reduced to its present boundaries in 1799. The county is named for the Marquis de LaFayette, who came to America to join the rebelling English colonies in 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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (740 km2), of which 284 square miles (740 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.7%) is water.
- Interstate 75
- Interstate 64
- U.S. Route 25
- U.S. Route 27
- U.S. Route 60
- U.S. Route 68
- U.S. Route 421
- Kentucky Route 4, a.k.a. New Circle Road
- Scott County (north)
- Bourbon County (northeast)
- Clark County (east)
- Madison County (south)
- Jessamine County (south)
- Woodford County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 295,803 people, 123,043 households, and 69,661 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,034 people per square mile (399/km2). There were 135,160 housing units at an average density of 473 per square mile (182/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.7% White, 14.5% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. 6.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 123,043 households, out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.3 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 21, and 62.4% from 21 to 65. 10.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.7 years. 50.8% of the population was female.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,469, and the median income for a family was $66,690. Males had a median income of $44,343 versus $35,716 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,345. About 11.1% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Clays Ferry
- Colby (partly in Clark County)
- Little Texas
- South Elkhorn
- Spears (partly in Jessamine County)
- Todds Station
Historically black hamlets
- Little Georgetown
Public high schools
Schools in the county are operated by Fayette County Public Schools.
- Henry Clay High School
- Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
- Frederick Douglass High School
- Bryan Station High School
- Lafayette High School
- Tates Creek High School
Private middle and elementary schools
- Sayre School
- Lexington Christian Academy
Private high schools
- Lexington Catholic High School
- Lexington Christian Academy
- Sayre School
- Trinity Christian Academy
Colleges and universities
- Bluegrass Community and Technical College
- Indiana Wesleyan University (Lexington campus)
- ITT Technical Institute
- Lexington Theological Seminary
- Midway College (Lexington campus)
- National College of Business & Technology
- Spencerian College
- Sullivan University
- Transylvania University
- University of Kentucky
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Fayette County was formed in 1780, when the Virginia General Assembly partitioned Kentucky County.
- In Spanish: Condado de Fayette (Kentucky)