Lafayette, Louisiana

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Lafayette, Louisiana

Ville de Lafayette, Louisiane
City of Lafayette
Hub City
From upper left: Statue in front of downtown fire station, oak-lined street in the university district, Downtown Lafayette, Cajundome, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette quad.
Nickname(s): 
The Hub City, Laffy
Motto(s): 
The Heart of Cajun Country
Location of Lafayette in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Lafayette in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.
Lafayette, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Location of Lafayette in Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana is located in the US
Lafayette, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana (the US)
Coordinates: 30°13′N 92°2′W / 30.217°N 92.033°W / 30.217; -92.033Coordinates: 30°13′N 92°2′W / 30.217°N 92.033°W / 30.217; -92.033
Country United States
State Louisiana
ParishLafayette
Founded1821 as Vermilionville
Renamed1884 as Lafayette
Founded byJean Mouton
Named forGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis De Lafayette
Government
 • TypeConsolidated City-Parish
 • City-Parish PresidentJoel Robideaux (Republican)
Area
 • City Total53.91 sq mi (139.63 km2)
 • Land53.81 sq mi (139.37 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)  auto%
 • Metro
5,252 sq mi (13,600 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 • City Total120,623
 • Estimate 
(2016)
127,626
 • RankUS: 214th
 • Density2,371.75/sq mi (915.74/km2)
 • Urban
252,720 (US: 148th)
 • Metro
490,488 (US: 108th)
 • CSA
627,146 (US: 77th)
Demonym(s)Lafayettiens
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
70501–9, 70593, 70596, 70598
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-40735
Websitewww.lafayettetravel.com

Lafayette is the fourth-largest city in the state of Louisiana (after New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport). The original name was Vermilionville, as which it was founded around 1821. The name Lafayette comes from the name of a French military hero who fought alongside and aided the American Army during American Revolutionary War. In 2010 the population was over one hundred and twenty thousand. The city lies in Lafayette Parish.

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Transportation[change | change source]

Interstates[change | change source]

Number Highway
10 I-10.svg I-10
49 I-49.svg I-49

References[change | change source]

  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

Website
Lafayette Consolidated Government
Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Lafayette Conventions and Visitors Center