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Lafayette County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Lafayette County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1820
Named for Marquis de La Fayette, French aristocrat and military officer
Seat Lexington
Largest city Odessa
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

639 sq mi (1,655 km²)
629 sq mi (1,630 km²)
10 sq mi (25 km²), 1.49%
 - (2000)
 - Density

52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lafayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 32,960. Its county seat is Lexington6.

Lafayette is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,655 km² (639 sq mi). 1,630 km² (629 sq mi) of it is land and 25 km² (10 sq mi) of it (1.49%) is water.

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 32,960 people, 12,569 households, and 9,099 families residing in the county. The population density was 20/km² (52/sq mi). There were 13,707 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (22/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.52% White, 2.27% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.3% were of German, 17.5% American, 9.9% English and 9.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 12,569 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,235, and the median income for a family was $45,717. Males had a median income of $31,972 versus $22,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,493. About 6.90% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 39°04′N 93°47′W / 39.06, -93.78

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