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The 2000 Census showed that Fayette County had a population of 260,512 people. This represented 6.45% of the total population of Kentucky, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 120 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Fayette had a population of 296,545 people. This is an increase of 13.83% 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
2010295,803+13.55%-0.25% since 2009
2009296,545+13.83%+1.47% since 2008
2008292,240+12.18%+1.73% since 2007
2007287,263+10.27%+1.39% since 2006
2006283,324+8.76%+1.8% since 2005
2005278,313+6.83%+1.36% since 2004
2004274,581+5.4%+1.16% since 2003
2003271,441+4.2%+1.68% since 2002
2002266,953+2.47%+0.91% since 2001
2001264,544+1.55%+1.55% since 2000
2000260,512The Last Census

Fayette County had 116,167 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Fayette County has a total area<3> of 285.5 square miles [739 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1 square miles [2.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Fayette County had a population density of 915 people per square mile [353.5 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 120 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

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

Click here for the Fayette County QuickFact (QF-21067).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BourbonQF-21017   NE19,72919,3601.91%
ClarkQF-21049   E36,15933,1449.1%
JessamineQF-21113   SW47,58939,04121.89%
MadisonQF-21151   SE83,25870,87217.48%
ScottQF-21209   N45,84133,06138.66%
WoodfordQF-21239   W24,98623,2087.66%

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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 Fayette. 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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