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Lafayette County, Florida

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Lafayette County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,870, making it the second-least populous county in Florida. The county seat is Mayo. Lafayette County is a prohibition or entirely dry county.

Etymology - Origin of Lafayette County Name

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


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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 US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 548 square miles (1,419 km2), of which, 543 square miles (1,406 km2) of it is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) of it (0.93%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

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


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