La Fayette (named after Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, pronounced “luh FAY-it”) is a village in Stark County, Illinois, United States. It is located south of Kewanee off IL-17 (Madison Street). The population was 223 at the 2010 census, down from 227 in 2000. It is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.
La Fayette is located at 41°6′35″N 89°58′25″W / 41.10972°N 89.97361°W / 41.10972; -89.97361 (41.109825, -89.973632).
According to the 2010 census, La Fayette has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 227 people, 91 households, and 63 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,235.2 people per square mile (486.9/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 506.0 per square mile (199.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.48% White, 0.44% Asian, 1.76% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.
There were 91 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $26,563, and the median income for a family was $28,125. Males had a median income of $28,125 versus $20,893 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,002. About 9.0% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 13.0% of those sixty five or over.