Fayette County, Kentucky

county in Kentucky, United States

Fayette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2020 census, the population was 322,570,[1] making it the second-most populous county in the state. The city of Lexington is the county seat.[2]

Fayette County
Lexington-Fayette Urban County
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Complex in Lexington
Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Complex in Lexington
Map of Kentucky highlighting Fayette County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°02′N 84°28′W / 38.04°N 84.46°W / 38.04; -84.46
Country United States
State Kentucky
Named forGilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
Largest cityLexington
 • Total286 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Land284 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (5 km2)  0.7%
 • Total322,570
 • Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district6th


  1. "QuickFacts: Fayette County, Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved 2011-06-07.