Lafayette, Oregon

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Lafayette is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States on the Yamhill River and Oregon Route 99W. The population was 2,586 at the 2000 census. The 2006 population estimate is 3,440 residents.[3] Incorporated in 1878, Lafayette is 32 miles southwest of Portland between McMinnville and Dundee.



Lafayette was founded in 1846 by Joel Perkins, who named it for Lafayette, Indiana.[4] The post office was established in 1851,[4] and the city was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 17, 1878.[5] Lafayette was the county seat of Yamhill County from its founding until 1889, when county residents voted to move the county seat to McMinnville.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,586 people, 841 households, and 656 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,869.9 people per square mile (1,109.4/km²). There were 888 housing units at an average density of 985.5/sq mi (381.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.89% White, 0.43% African American, 1.62% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 8.35% from other races, and 2.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.22% of the population.

There were 841 households out of which 44.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.43.

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