Lafayette County, Mississippi

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Lafayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2000, the population was 38,744. Its county seat is Oxford[1]. The local pronunciation of the name is "la-FAY-et". Lafayette County is often regarded as the inspiration for Yoknapatawpha County, the fictional setting of many of William Faulkner's stories. The county is named to honor Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero and American general who fought during the American Revolutionary War.

The Oxford Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lafayette County.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 679 square miles (1,759 km²), of which, 631 square miles (1,635 km²) of it is land and 48 square miles (125 km²) of it (7.09%) is water.

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