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The 2000 Census showed that Fayette County had a population of 47,579 people. This represented 2.63% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 11th most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Fayette had a population of 46,123 people. This is a decrease of 3.06% 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
201046,039-3.24%-0.18% since 2009
200946,123-3.06%-0.35% since 2008
200746,303-2.68%+0.15% since 2006
200546,259-2.77%-1.07% since 2004
200446,758-1.73%-0.67% since 2003
200347,072-1.07%+0.22% since 2002
200246,970-1.28%-0.25% since 2001
200147,090-1.03%-1.03% since 2000
200047,579The Last Census

Fayette County had 21,616 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Fayette County has a total area<3> of 668 square miles [1,731 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (4.43 square miles [11.48 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Fayette County had a population density of 71.7 people per square mile [27.67 people/km²], making it the state's 20th most densely populated county (out of 55 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 West Virginia.

Click here for the Fayette County QuickFact (QF-54019).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Oak HillQF-54600287,1517,589-5.77%

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
GreenbrierQF-54025   E34,52734,4530.21%
KanawhaQF-54039   NW191,663200,073-4.2%
NicholasQF-54067   NE26,21326,562-1.31%
RaleighQF-54081   S79,18779,220---
SummersQF-54089   SE13,08112,9990.63%

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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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