Fayette County, Texas
|Fayette County, Texas|
The current Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange was finished in 1891. The Romanesque Revival style building uses four types of native Texas stone to detail the exterior.
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 14, 1837|
|Named for||Marquis de la Fayette|
|Largest city||La Grange|
|• Total||960 sq mi (2,486 km2)|
|• Land||950 sq mi (2,461 km2)|
|• Water||10 sq mi (25 km2), 1.02%|
|• Density||23/sq mi (9/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Fayette County was established in 1837 from land given by Bastrop and Colorado counties. It is named for the Marquis de la Fayette, a French nobleman who became an American Revolutionary War hero.
There are more than a dozen historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Fayette County.
- Lee County (north)
- Washington County (northeast)
- Austin County (east)
- Colorado County (southeast)
- Lavaca County (south)
- Gonzales County (southwest)
- Caldwell County (west)
- Bastrop County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,804 people, 8,722 households, and 6,044 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 11,113 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.58% White, 7.01% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.66% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 12.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.9% were of German, 16.4% Czech, 7.6% American and 5.3% English ancestry according to census 2000.
There were 8,722 households out of which 28.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 22.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,526, and the median income for a family was $43,156. Males had a median income of $29,008 versus $20,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,888. About 8.10% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.
The county owns Fayette Regional Air Center, in an unincorporated area west of LaGrange.
- Interstate 10
- U.S. Highway 77
- U.S. Highway 90
- U.S. Highway 290
- State Highway 71
- State Highway 95
- State Highway 159
- State Highway 237
Cities and towns
- Museums in Central Texas
- Nassau Plantation
- The Chicken Ranch, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 124.
- Alvarez, Elizabeth Cruce (Nov 8, 2011). "Texas Almanac 2012–2013". Texas A&M University Press. pp. Contents. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 16, 2013
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Fayette County government's website
- Fayette County, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Historic materials from Fayette County, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
||Bastrop County||Lee County||Washington County|
|Caldwell County||Austin County|
|Gonzales County||Lavaca County||Colorado County|