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The 2000 Census showed that Lafayette County had a population of 38,744 people. This represented 1.36% of the total population of Mississippi, making it the state's 20th most populous county (out of 82 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lafayette had a population of 43,975 people. This is an increase of 13.5% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201047,351+22.22%+7.68% since 2009
200943,975+13.5%+0.66% since 2008
200843,688+12.76%+0.89% since 2007
200743,302+11.76%+1.07% since 2006
200642,845+10.58%+3.7% since 2005
200541,316+6.64%+0.81% since 2004
200440,984+5.78%+0.77% since 2003
200340,669+4.97%+2.85% since 2002
200239,543+2.06%+1.08% since 2001
200139,122+0.98%+0.98% since 2000
200038,744The Last Census

Lafayette County had 16,587 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lafayette County has a total area<3> of 679 square miles [1,759 km²]. Of this total, 631 square miles [1,634 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (7.09%) being water (48.17 square miles [124.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lafayette County had a population density of 61.4 people per square mile [23.7 people/km²], making it the state's 24th most densely populated county (out of 82 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Lafayette County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lafayette and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Lafayette County QuickFact (QF-28071).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Lafayette County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Lafayette County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CalhounQF-28013   S14,42215,069-4.29%
MarshallQF-28093   N36,90034,9935.45%
PanolaQF-28107   W35,24534,2742.83%
PontotocQF-28115   E29,24826,7269.44%
TateQF-28137   NW27,33725,3707.75%
UnionQF-28145   E27,26325,3627.5%
YalobushaQF-28161   SW13,77313,0515.53%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Lafayette. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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