Fayette County, Tennessee

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Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 28,806. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 34,458 [1]. It was named after the Marquis de la Fayette, French hero of the American Revolution. Its county seat is Somerville[1].

Fayette County is part of the Memphis, TN–MSAR Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Rhea "Skip" Taylor is currently the county mayor.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 706 square miles (1,828.5 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,823.4 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.24%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 28,806 people, 10,467 households, and 8,017 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 11,214 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 62.48% White, 35.95% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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