Lafayette, Louisiana

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Lafayette, Louisiana
De Lafayetta en, Louisiane
City of Lafayette
From upper left: Statue in front of downtown fire station, Oak lined street in the University district, Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, The Cajundome, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette quad.

Nickname(s): The Hub City
Motto: The Heart of Cajun Country
Location of Lafayette in Louisiana, within United States.
City of Lafayette
Location of Lafayette in Louisiana, within United States.
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
Parish Lafayette
Founded 1821 as Vermilionville
Renamed 1884 as Lafayette
Founded by Jean Mouton
Named for General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis De Lafayette
 • Type Consolidated City-Parish
 • City-Parish President Joey Durel (Republican)
 • City Total 49.2 sq mi (127 km2)
 • Land 49.1 sq mi (127 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2)  auto%
 • Metro 5,252 sq mi (13,600 km2)
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2011)
 • City Total 122,130
 • Density 2,482.3/sq mi (958.4/km2)
Demonym Lafayettiens
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 70501–9, 70593, 70596, 70598
Area code(s) 337
Twin cities
 • Le Cannet France
 • Longueuil, Québec Canada
 • Moncton, New Brunswick Canada
 • Poitiers France
 • Namur Belgium
 • Agnibilékrou Côte d'Ivoire

Lafayette is a city in south central Louisiana. 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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49 I-49.svg I-49

Other Websites[change | change source]

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