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Fayette County, Ohio

Fayette County, Ohio
Seal of Fayette County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Fayette County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1810[1]
Named for Marquis de Lafayette
Seat Washington Court House
Largest city Washington Court House
 • Total 407 sq mi (1,054 km2)
 • Land 406 sq mi (1,052 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 29,030
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional districts 10th, 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com.fayette-co-ohwww

Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,030.[2] Its county seat is Washington Court House.[3] The county was named for the Marquis de Lafayette,[4] a Frenchman who was an officer in the American Army in the Revolution, when established on March 1, 1810.

Fayette County comprises the Washington Court House, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH Combined Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Transportation 5
    • Airport 5.1
  • Communities 6
    • City 6.1
    • Villages 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
    • Census-designated places 6.4
    • Unincorporated communities 6.5
  • See also 7
  • References 8


Fayette County was formed on March 1, 1810 from portions of Highland County and Ross County. It was named after Marie-Joseph Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, a French general and politician who took the side of the Colonials during the American Revolutionary War and who played an important role in the French Revolution.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 406 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 29,030 people, 11,436 households, and 7,834 families residing in the county. The population density was 71.4 people per square mile (27.6/km²). There were 12,693 housing units at an average density of 31.2 per square mile (12.1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.63% White, 2.02% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,436 households out of which 32.53% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.05% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.34% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.67% under the age of 18, 7.88% from 18 to 24, 24.89% from 25 to 44, 27.59% from 45 to 64, and 14.97% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.4 years. For every 100 females there were 96.69 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.56 males.

As of 2013, the median income for a household in the county was $37,619, and the median income for a family was $45,108. Males had a median income of $30,516 versus $20,223 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,603. About 16.1% of families and 20.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.4% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


Fayette County has a 3 member Board of County Commissioners that oversee the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties. Fayette County's elected commissioners are: Jack DeWeese, Tony Anderson, and Dan Dean.[13]



Fayette County Airport is a general aviation facility owned by the county and located northeast of the city of Washington Court House.


Map of Fayette County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Fayette County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 124. 
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary. Scott and Wright. p. 194. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ "County Commissioners". Fayette County Ohio Home Page. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 

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