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The 2000 Census showed that Fayette County had a population of 148,644 people. This represented 1.21% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Fayette had a population of 142,605 people. This is a decrease of 4.06% 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
2010136,606-8.1%-4.21% since 2009
2009142,605-4.06%-0.48% since 2008
2008143,289-3.6%-0.52% since 2007
2007144,033-3.1%-0.29% since 2006
2006144,453-2.82%-0.55% since 2005
2005145,245-2.29%-0.4% since 2004
2004145,825-1.9%+0.3% since 2003
2003145,382-2.19%-0.54% since 2002
2002146,177-1.66%-0.6% since 2001
2001147,062-1.06%-1.06% since 2000
2000148,644The Last Census

Fayette County had 66,490 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Fayette County has a total area<3> of 798 square miles [2,066 km²]. Of this total, 790 square miles [2,046 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (0.99%) being water (7.86 square miles [20.37 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Fayette County had a population density of 188.1 people per square mile [72.6 people/km²], making it the state's 28th most densely populated county (out of 67 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 Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Fayette County QuickFact (QF-42051).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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
Garrett (MD)QF-24023   SE29,55529,846-0.98%
GreeneQF-42059   W39,24540,672-3.51%
SomersetQF-42111   E76,95380,023-3.84%
WashingtonQF-42125   NW207,389202,8972.21%
WestmorelandQF-42129   N362,251369,993-2.09%
Monongalia (WV)QF-54061   SW90,08081,86610.03%
Preston (WV)QF-54077   S30,24729,3343.11%

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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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