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Lafayette County, Mississippi

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Named for  Marquis de Lafayette
Congressional district  1st
Founded  1836
County seat  Oxford
Largest city  Oxford
Time zone  Central: UTC-6/-5
Area  1,759 km²
Population  51,318 (2013)
Cities  Oxford, Abbeville, Taylor
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Rivers  Little Tallahatchie River, Sarter Creek, Tan Branch
Colleges and Universities  University of Mississippi, University of Mississippi School of Law

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Lafayette County is a county in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,351. Its county seat is Oxford. The local pronunciation of the name is "la-FAY-et". The county's name honors Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero and American general who fought during the American Revolutionary War.


Map of Lafayette County, MS, USA

The Oxford, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lafayette County.

Lafayette County is often regarded as the inspiration for Yoknapatawpha County, the fictional setting of many of William Faulkner's stories.

Oxford lafayette county mississippi residential living and newcomers


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 679 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 632 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (7.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Marshall County (north)
  • Union County (northeast)
  • Pontotoc County (southeast)
  • Calhoun County (south)
  • Yalobusha County (southwest)
  • Panola County (west)
  • Tate County (northwest)
  • National protected area

  • Holly Springs National Forest (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 38,744 people, 14,373 households, and 8,321 families residing in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 16,587 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.85% White, 25.05% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.67% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    The largest European ancestry groups in Lafayette county are:

  • 13.4% English
  • 12.5% Irish
  • 9.1% German
  • 4.4% Scots-Irish
  • 2.8% Scottish
  • 1.1% Polish
  • 1.0% Welsh
  • Many people in Mississippi may claim Irish ancestry because of the term "Scots-Irish", but most of the time in Mississippi this term is used for those with Scottish roots, rather than Irish.

    In 2000, there were 14,373 households out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.20% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.10% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.97.

    In the county, the population was spread out with 19.50% under the age of 18, 27.10% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 17.10% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $28,517, and the median income for a family was $42,910. Males had a median income of $30,964 versus $21,207 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,406. About 10.20% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.60% of those under age 18 and 19.40% of those age 65 or over.


  • Oxford (county seat)
  • Town

  • Abbeville
  • Taylor
  • Census-designated place

  • University
  • Unincorporated communities

  • Denmark
  • Harmontown
  • Paris
  • Springdale
  • Tula
  • Yocona
  • Ghost town

  • Dogtown
  • Orwood
  • References

    Lafayette County, Mississippi Wikipedia

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