Lafayette, MS

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About Lafayette, MS

Lafayette, MS is located in Lafayette County in the state of Mississippi.

The total City Population for Lafayette is about 36,699 with about 95 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $206,600, which is roughly 51% higher than the Average Home Value of $101,622 for the state of Mississippi, and roughly 5% lower than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $45,844, which is roughly 7% higher than the Average Median Income Per Household of $42,496 for the state of Mississippi, and roughly 29% lower higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Lafayette Population 36,699
Average Home Value $206,600
Median Household Income $45,844
Median Age 29.2
Unemployment Rate 3.2%
Politics 55.28% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.27
Male Population Estimate: 50.2%
Female Population Estimate: 49.8%
Median Age: 29.2
Male Median Age: 27.9
Female Median Age: 30.8

Racial Demographic Estimates



Lafayette County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Roger Wicker
U.S. Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
Cindy Hyde-Smith
U.S. Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
Tate Reeves
State governor
Tate Reeves
Republican Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 55.28%
Democratic: 42.99%
Libertarian: 1.03%
Other: 0.52%
Green: 0.17%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Lafayette specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Lafayette County: About 5.075 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Lafayette County: About 0 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 0)

Lafayette County is about 22% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 100% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Lafayette is about 3.2%.

Mississippi is ranked #50 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 8.08 out of 100.

50th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 7.7

The average living wage for the state of Mississippi is $30.09/hr, while the states minimum wage is $7.25/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Mississippi a minimum wage score of 11.66 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13/hr, which gives Mississippi a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 8.97 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Mississippi is $145.00, resulting in a UI benefit score of 8.82 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
X Mississippi does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
X Mississippi does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
X Mississippi does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
X Mississippi does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Mississippi does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Mississippi does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Mississippi does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Mississippi does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Mississippi does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Mississippi does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Mississippi does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
X Mississippi does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
X Mississippi does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Mississippi does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Mississippi does not have a "right-to-work" law.
X Mississippi does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
X Mississippi does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Mississippi does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Mississippi does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
X Mississippi does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 38655
Latitude: 34.349148
Longitude: -89.483611
TimeZone: Central (GMT -06:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: South
Average Elevation: 394.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 662