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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

Lafayette County, Florida

Lafayette County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Mayo
Year Organized: 1856
Square Miles: 543
Court House:

P.O. Box 88
County Courthouse
Mayo, FL 32066-0088

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Marquis de Lafayette, French officer who served with Washington in the American Revolution.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Lafayette County was created in 1856. Named in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 548 square miles (1,419 kmē), of which, 543 square miles (1,406 kmē) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 kmē) of it (0.93%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Suwannee County
  • Southeast: Gilchrist County
  • South: Dixie County
  • West: Taylor County
  • Northwest: Madison County

Cities and Towns:

- Mayo (County Seat) town Incorporated Area

County Resources:

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