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Lafayette County, Mississippi

US county information
NameLafayette County
StateMississippi
SeatOxford
Largest cityOxford
US Area
Total Area679.29 sq mi (1759.4 km2)
Land Area631.11 sq mi (1634.6 km2)
Water Area48.17 sq mi (124.8 km2)
Population47351 (2010)
Density24/km2 (62.2/sq mi)
Founded1836

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Lafayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 47,351. Its county seat is Oxford . 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.


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