LaFayette, Alabama

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The Chambers County Courthouse Square in LaFayette.
The Chambers County Courthouse Square in LaFayette.
Location of La Fayette in Chambers County, Alabama.
Location of La Fayette in Chambers County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 32°53′54″N 85°24′2″W / 32.89833°N 85.40056°W / 32.89833; -85.40056
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedJanuary 7, 1835
Named forMarquis de Lafayette [1]
 • MayorBarry Moody[2]
 • Total8.88 sq mi (23.01 km2)
 • Land8.86 sq mi (22.94 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
843 ft (257 m)
 • Total3,003
 • Estimate 
 • Density331.26/sq mi (127.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code334
FIPS code01-40672
GNIS feature ID0164071

LaFayette (/ləˈf.ɛt, -ˈf-/ lə-F(A)Y-et, /ˈlʌf.ɛt/ LUF-ay-et) is the county seat of Chambers County, Alabama, United States, 47 miles (76 km) northwest of Columbus, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 3,003.[5]


Chambers County was formed in 1832. The newly elected county officials opted to locate the county seat as near as possible to the center of the county. Lots for the new town were auctioned in October 1833, with proceeds from the sale financing the construction of a courthouse and jail. The town was first called "Chambersville", but by the time of incorporation on January 7, 1835, the town name had been changed to "Lafayette", named after the Marquis de Lafayette; its spelling was changed to "LaFayette" due to the influence of newspaper editor Johnson J. Hooper, who created a fictional character called Captain Simon Suggs, a backwoods southerner who pronounced the town's name as "La Fait".[1][6] The city's newspaper, The LaFayette Sun, was founded under the name The Alabama Standard in April 1841 and adopted its current name on August 3, 1881.[7]

Scenes from the movie Mississippi Burning were filmed at the Chambers County Courthouse and in downtown LaFayette.[1]

LaFayette is the birthplace of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. An 8-foot (2.4 m) bronze statue, executed by sculptor Casey Downing Jr. of Mobile, Alabama, was erected in Louis' honor in front of the Chambers County courthouse.[8] It is also the hometown of Hoyt L. Sherman, one of artist Roy Lichtenstein's principal art professor/mentors at Ohio State University.


LaFayette is located at 32°53'54.859" North, 85°24'2.822" West (32.898572, -85.400784).[9] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23.0 km2), of which 0.027 square miles (0.07 km2), or 0.31%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20182,934[4]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 3,003 people, 1,129 households, and 749 families residing in the city. The population density was 337 inhabitants per square mile (130/km2). There were 1,299 housing units at an average density of 145.9 square miles (378 km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.8% Black or African American, 29.3% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. 1.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,129 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.6% were married couples living together, 30.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 22.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,319, and the median income for a family was $31,629. Males had a median income of $31,842 versus $27,833 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,149. About 28.5% of families and 36.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.2% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Chambers County School District provides public education for LaFayette. Within the city limits are two high schools (Lafayette High School and the Chambers County Career Technical School), one middle school (JP Powell Middle School), and one elementary school (Eastside Elementary School).

Chambers Academy (grades pre-K through 12) is a private school in LaFayette.

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  1. ^ a b c Schmidt, Greg. "LaFayette". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "New Council takes office". The LaFayette Sun blog. November 7, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): La Fayette city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Spell it with a capital 'F'". The LaFayette Sun blog. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "A History of The LaFayette Sun". The LaFayette Sun. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Craft, Chris (27 February 2010). "Joe Louis statue unveiled today will honor an icon". Ledger-Enquirer. Columbus, Georgia: McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Archived from the original on 2002-05-27. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2015-07-10.

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Coordinates: 32°53′55″N 85°24′03″W / 32.898572°N 85.400784°W / 32.898572; -85.400784