LaFayette, Kentucky

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LaFayette, Kentucky
Location of LaFayette, Kentucky
Location of LaFayette, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°39′37″N 87°39′29″W / 36.66028°N 87.65806°W / 36.66028; -87.65806Coordinates: 36°39′37″N 87°39′29″W / 36.66028°N 87.65806°W / 36.66028; -87.65806[1]
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Christian
Incorporated 1836
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 597 ft (182 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 165
 • Density 699/sq mi (269.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42254
Area code(s) 270 & 364
FIPS code 21-43444
GNIS feature ID 0508413

LaFayette,[2][3] also informally written as La Fayette and Lafayette, is a 6th-class city in Christian County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 165 at the 2010 U.S. census.[4] LaFayette is part of the Clarksville, Tennessee metropolitan area.


LaFayette was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1836.[3] The city was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette.[5]


LaFayette is located in the southwestern corner of Christian County, 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Hopkinsville, the Christian County seat, and 2 miles (3 km) north of the Tennessee state line. The town lies just north of the US Army's Fort Campbell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km2), all land.[4]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 193 people, 75 households, and 51 families residing in the town. The population density was 718.7 people per square mile (276.0/km²). There were 83 housing units at an average density of 309.1 per square mile (118.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.12% White, 5.70% African American, 0.52% Native American or Alaska Native, 1.55% Asian, 1.04% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 75 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.22.

The age distribution was 29.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 116.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,906, and the median income for a family was $30,250. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $29,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,679. About 9.8% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 40.0% of those sixty five or over.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ City of Lafayette. "We Call It Home". Accessed 5 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "LaFayette, Kentucky". Accessed 1 Aug 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): LaFayette city, Kentucky". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dictionary of Places: La Fayette". Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York City: Somerset Publishers. 1987. ISBN 0-403-09981-1. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.