LaFayette is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 4,952 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the Marquis de Lafayette, a national hero of both France and the United States. LaFayette is in the southern part of Onondaga County, south of Syracuse.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.6 square miles (103 km), of which, 39.2 square miles (102 km) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km) of it (0.88%) is water.
North-south highways Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11 intersect U.S. Route 20 by LaFayette hamlet. New York State Route 11A is a north-south highway in the town that parallels US-11.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,833 people, 1,826 households, and 1,338 families residing in the town. The population density was 123.1 people per square mile (47.5/km²). There were 1,925 housing units at an average density of 49.0 per square mile (18.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.28% White, 0.37% African American, 2.32% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.
There were 1,826 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $50,179, and the median income for a family was $60,523. Males had a median income of $40,341 versus $30,435 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,591. About 3.3% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.