Lafayette County, Arkansas
|Lafayette County, Arkansas|
Lafayette County Courthouse in Lewisville, Arkansas
Location in the state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 15, 1827|
|Named for||Marquis de Lafayette|
|• Total||545.07 sq mi (1,412 km2)|
|• Land||526.50 sq mi (1,364 km2)|
|• Water||18.57 sq mi (48 km2), 3.41%|
|• Density||15/sq mi (5.6/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Lafayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2010, the population was 7,645. The county seat is Lewisville. Lafayette County was formed on October 15, 1827 and named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero and American general who fought during the American Revolutionary War and who toured the US in 1824/25 upon the 50th anniversary of the founding of the nation.
The local pronunciation of the name is "luh-FAY-ut". It is a dry county; therefore, the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
Lafayette County is the smallest county in land area in Arkansas. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 545.07 square miles (1,411.7 km2), of which 526.50 square miles (1,363.6 km2) (or 96.59%) is land and 18.57 square miles (48.1 km2) (or 3.41%) is water.
- Hempstead County (north)
- Nevada County (northeast)
- Columbia County (east)
- Webster Parish, Louisiana (southeast)
- Bossier Parish, Louisiana (south)
- Caddo Parish, Louisiana (southwest)
- Miller County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,559 people, 3,434 households, and 2,376 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,560 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.08% White, 36.49% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,434 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.60% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $24,831, and the median income for a family was $30,720. Males had a median income of $26,492 versus $17,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,128. About 18.70% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 19.30% of those age 65 or over.
Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Lafayette County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses. 
- Baker (Stamps)
- Hadley (Buckner)
- La Grange (small part of Lewisville)
- Mars Hill
- Roane (Bradley)
- Steel (most of Lewisville)
- Walker Creek
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
- Based on 2000 census data
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- US Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Lafayette County, AR (Map). http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st05_ar/cou/c05073_lafayette/BAS11C20507300000_000.pdf. Retrieved 20110824.
||Hempstead County||Nevada County|
|Miller County||Columbia County|
|Caddo Parish, Louisiana||Bossier Parish, Louisiana||Webster Parish, Louisiana|