Lafayette County Florida Located in North Florida
Lafayette County Cities
||San Pedro Junction
Land area (rank): 545 square miles (57)
Population 1993 (rank): 5,603 (67)
Population density 1993 (rank): 10 persons per square mile (66)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 38.2% (27)
Lafayette County is in north Florida and is bordered by Taylor,
Dixie, Gilchrist, Madison, and Suwannee counties. The county has
2 square miles of water. The average January temperature is 55.2
degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.4 degrees
F. The average annual rainfall is 58.24 inches.
Lafayette County was established from a portion of Madison
County in 1856 and named for the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834),
who was given a township in the Tallahassee area, but who never
visited the state.
Lafayette is one of the state's smallest counties, both in
size and population. Much of the southern and western portions
of the county are in wetlands. In 1993, 83% of Lafayette County's
population was in unincorporated areas. The only incorporated
place, Mayo, had a 1993 population of 925. In 1993, 86% of Lafayette
County's population was white, and 14% was nonwhite. In 1990,
4.1% of the population was Hispanic. Of the population increase
between 1980 and 1990, 88.5% was due to net migration. The 1992
birth rate was 12.3 live births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992
death rate was 7.2 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant
mortality rate was 14.1 per 1,000. The leading causes of death
in 1993 were heart disease, cancer, and suicide.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 78.8% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 8.6%. In
1990, 58.2% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 5.2% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by North Florida Junior College (Madison
The per capita income in Lafayette County for 1993 was $13,703
(53rd highest in the state). The median household income in 1989
was $20,744. In 1989, 19.2% of families had incomes below the
poverty level. In 1990, 19.6% of personal income in Lafayette
County was derived from transfer payments. In 1992 the greatest
numbers of persons in Lafayette County were employed in the government,
manufacturing, and agricultural sectors. The major employer in
the governmental sector is the Mayo Correctional Institution.
Lumber and wood products firms accounted for the greatest employment
in the manufacturing sector. In 1992 there were 252 farms in the
county, totalling 95,833 acres (27% of land in the county). Lafayette
County is a major producer of poultry. In 1991, 16,935 thousand
board feet of softwood logs, 96,514 cords of softwood for pulp,
and 1,938 cords of hardwood for pulp were produced.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $43,700
Median monthly rent 1990: $175
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 41.4
Housing starts 1992: 28
Housing starts 1993: 34
In 1992 the price level index for Lafayette County was 89.58
(64th highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 10.000, and the total
taxable value of property was $86,940,564. Taxable sales totalled
$17.00 million in 1992 and $10.10 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $435 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Lafayette County's
revenues totalled $3,480 thousand ($613.2 per capita) and its
expenditures $3,592 thousand ($633.1 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 79.2% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 95.8% were registered Democrat and 3.7% were registered
Republicans. In the 1992 presidential election, 41.1% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 34.3% for Clinton, and 24.2% for Perot.