LaFayette, New York

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LaFayette is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 4,833 at the 2000 census. The town is named after LaFayette, a national hero of both France and the United States.

The Town of LaFayette is in the south part of the county and is south of Syracuse, New York.

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History

The town is within the former Central New York Military Tract, but was partly in an area reserved for members of the Onondaga tribe. The first settler arrived around 1797. Land was purchased from the Onondagas in 1817 and resold to settlers.

The Town of LaFayette was formed in 1825 from parts of the Towns of Pompey and Onondaga after the Marquis de Lafayette famously toured the United States in 1824/1825

Every year, the town holds an Apple Festival over the Saturday and Sunday before Columbus day. This is in part due to the fact that most of the agricultural land west of the town has historically held apple orchards.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.6 square miles (102.6 km²), of which, 39.2 square miles (101.7 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.

North-south highways Interstate 81 and US Route 11 intersect US Route 20 by LaFayette hamlet . New York State Route 11A is a north-south highway in the town that parallels US-11.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,833 people, 1,826 households, and 1,338 families residing in the town. The population density was 123.1 people per square mile (47.5/km²). There were 1,925 housing units at an average density of 49.0/sq mi (18.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.28% White, 0.37% African American, 2.32% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

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