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LaFayette, New York
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Location in Onondaga County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
County Onondaga
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 39.65 sq mi (102.68 km2)
 • Land 39.25 sq mi (101.65 km2)
 • Water 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
1,198 ft (365 m)
 • Total 4,952
 • Estimate 
 • Density 124.69/sq mi (48.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-40266
GNIS feature ID 0979125

LaFayette is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 4,952 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a national hero of both France and the United States. LaFayette is in the southern part of Onondaga County, south of Syracuse.


The town is within the former Central New York Military Tract, but was partly in an area reserved for members of the Onondaga tribe. The first settler arrived around 1797. Land was purchased from the Onondagas in 1817 and resold to settlers.

The Town of LaFayette was formed in 1825 from parts of the Towns of Pompey and Onondaga after the Marquis de Lafayette famously toured the United States in 1824/1825

Every year, the town holds an Apple Festival over the Saturday and Sunday before Columbus day. This is in part because most of the agricultural land west of the town has historically held apple orchards.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.6 square miles (103 km2), of which, 39.2 square miles (102 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (0.88%) is water.

North-south highways Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11 intersect U.S. Route 20 by LaFayette hamlet. New York State Route 11A is a north-south highway in the town that parallels US-11.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,560
1840 2,600 1.6%
1850 2,533 −2.6%
1860 2,537 0.2%
1870 2,233 −12.0%
1880 2,160 −3.3%
1890 1,874 −13.2%
1900 1,678 −10.5%
1910 1,413 −15.8%
1920 1,293 −8.5%
1930 1,438 11.2%
1940 1,550 7.8%
1950 2,083 34.4%
1960 3,379 62.2%
1970 4,401 30.2%
1980 4,488 2.0%
1990 5,105 13.7%
2000 4,833 −5.3%
2010 4,952 2.5%
2016 (est.) 4,894 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,833 people, 1,826 households, and 1,338 families residing in the town. The population density was 123.1 people per square mile (47.5/km2). There were 1,925 housing units at an average density of 49.0 per square mile (18.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.28% White, 0.37% African American, 2.32% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 1,826 households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.8% 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 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,179, and the median income for a family was $60,523. Males had a median income of $40,341 versus $30,435 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,591. About 3.3% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and other locations in LaFayette

  • Baileys Settlement – A hamlet west of Lafayette hamlet.
  • Big Bend – A hamlet southeast of LaFayette hamlet on US-20.
  • Cardiff – A hamlet west of LaFayette hamlet on US-20.
  • Collingwood – A hamlet southwest of Big Bend.
  • LaFayette – The town's largest hamlet, located at the intersection of US-11 and US-20. Sometimes referred to as "the village", though it never was incorporated as such.
  • Jamesville Beach Park – a county park at the Jamesville Reservoir, south of Jamesville
  • Onativia – A hamlet east of LaFayette hamlet.
  • Tully Valley – A location on NY-11A in the southwest part of LaFayette.
  • Webb Hollow – A location on Webb Road, around the intersection with Shute Road, northwest of the LaFayette hamlet. It is so named for the hollow in the creek that runs alongside Webb Road, the true name of which is actually Webb Hollow Road.

Notable person

  • Gerrit T. Thorn, Wisconsin legislator and lawyer, was born in Lafayette.
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