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
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 Joel Robideaux (Republican)
 • City Total 53.91 sq mi (139.63 km2)
 • Land 53.81 sq mi (139.37 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)  auto%
 • Metro 5,252 sq mi (13,600 km2)
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City Total 120,623
 • Estimate (2016) 127,626
 • Rank US: 214th
 • Density 2,371.75/sq mi (915.74/km2)
 • Urban 252,720 (US: 148th)
 • Metro 490,488 (US: 108th)
 • CSA 627,146 (US: 77th)
Demonym(s) Lafayettiens
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 70501–9, 70593, 70596, 70598
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-40735

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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Number Highway
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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]

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