Fayette County courthouse in Fayette
Location of Fayette in Fayette County, Alabama.
|• Total||8.63 sq mi (22.36 km2)|
|• Land||8.55 sq mi (22.14 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)|
|Elevation||371 ft (113 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||508.77/sq mi (196.45/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0157950|
Originally known as "La Fayette", it incorporated on January 15, 1821. When Fayette County was created in 1824, the town's name was officially changed to "Fayette Court House", though it was also known as "Fayetteville", which was the name shown on maps and on the U.S. Census in 1880 and 1890. It was officially shortened to "Fayette" in 1898.
Fayette is located in west-central Fayette County at (33.692068, -87.832358).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,922 people, 2,092 households, and 1,303 families residing in the city. The population density was 575.1 people per square mile (222.0/km²). There were 2,336 housing units at an average density of 273.0 per square mile (105.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.34% White, 23.38% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. One percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,092 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,714, and the median income for a family was $36,589. Males had a median income of $29,857 versus $21,899 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,553. About 12.5% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,619 people, 1,924 households, and 1,206 families residing in the city. The population density was 530.2 people per square mile (206.2/km²). There were 2,239 housing units at an average density of 257.4 per square mile (100.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.4% White, 24.3% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 1.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,924 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,705, and the median income for a family was $41,905. Males had a median income of $34,271 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,602. About 15.4% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Mike Davis, Detroit Mercy Titans men's basketball head coach
- Ronnie McCollum, professional basketball player
- Louis Wilson, Outsider artist subject of the documentary Treasures from the Rubble
- Devin Moore, convict who sparked a large controversy over the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, leading to the court case Strickland v. Sony
- Michael Moore, NFL player
- Charly "Carlos" Palmer, American fine artist
- Curt Porter, former offensive guard for the Denver Broncos
- Dexter Roberts, country singer; finished in seventh place on the thirteenth season of American Idol
- Jerry Bobo, Fayette County High School International award winning high school band teacher 1956-1991 
- Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Outsider artist and blues musician
The Times-Record is the local newspaper.
- Fayette Aquatic Center
- Boy Scouts of America Troop 45
 Mayor Ray Nelson
Councilwoman Linda McCraw Ward 1
Councilman Eddy Campbell Ward 2
Councilman Jason Cowart Ward 3
Councilman Cedric Wilson (Mayor Pro-Tem)
Councilman Jerry Nichols Ward 5
Bevill State Community College has a location in Fayette.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fayette has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Climate Summary for Fayette, Alabama