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Fayette County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Fayette County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1819
Named for Marquis de la Fayette
Seat Connersville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

215.12 sq mi (557 km²)
214.96 sq mi (557 km²)
0.16 sq mi (0 km²), 0.07%
 - (2010)
 - Density

113/sq mi (43.61/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Indiana county number 21

A round barn in Fayette County

Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 24,277.[1] The county seat is Connersville[2].


Fayette County was formed in 1819. It was named for the Marquis de la Fayette, a French hero of the Revolutionary War.[3]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 215.12 square miles (557.2 km2), of which 214.96 square miles (556.7 km2) (or 99.93%) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) (or 0.07%) is water.[4]

Cities and towns[]


  • Columbia
  • Connersville
  • Fairview
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Jennings
  • Orange
  • Posey
  • Waterloo

Major highways[]

  • Indiana 1.svg Indiana State Road 1
  • Indiana 44.svg Indiana State Road 44
  • Indiana 121.svg Indiana State Road 121

Adjacent counties[]

Climate and weather[]

Climate chart for Connersville, Indiana
temperatures in °Cprecipitation totals in mm
source: The Weather Channel[5]

In recent years, average temperatures in Connersville have ranged from a low of 15 °F (−9 °C) in January to a high of 83 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −31 °F (−35.0 °C) was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded in July 1952. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.33 inches (59 mm) in February to 4.89 inches (124 mm) in May.[5]


The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.[6][7]

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.[6][7]

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.[7]

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to county government positions are required to declare party affiliations and to be residents of the county.[7]

Fayette County is part of Indiana's 6th congressional district; Indiana Senate district 42;[8] and Indiana House of Representatives district 55.[9]


Fayette County
Population by year

2010 24,277
2000 25,588
1990 26,015
1980 28,272
1970 26,216
1960 24,454
1950 23,391
1940 19,411
1930 19,243
1920 17,142
1910 14,415
1900 13,495
1890 12,630
1880 11,394
1870 10,476
1860 10,225
1850 10,217
1840 9,837
1830 9,112
1820 5,950

2010 Census Data[]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 24,277 people and 9,719 households residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 10,898 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.93% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000 Census Data[]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 25,588 people, 10,199 households, and 7,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 119 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 10,981 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.16% White, 1.67% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.2% were of American, 18.9% German, 10.6% English and 9.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,199 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% 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 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,840, and the median income for a family was $46,111. Males had a median income of $34,493 versus $23,082 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,624. About 6.00% of families and 7.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

See also[]

  • McFarlan Automobile
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Fayette County, Indiana
  • Thomas Ranck Round Barn
  • Edward E. Moore, Indiana state senator and Los Angeles City Council member


  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 39°38′N 85°11′W / 39.64, -85.18

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