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.
Flag of Lafayette, Louisiana
The Hub City, Laffy
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 United States
Lafayette, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana (the 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
Founded1821 as Vermilionville
Renamed1884 as Lafayette
Founded byJean Mouton
Named forGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis De Lafayette
 • TypeConsolidated City-Parish
 • City-Parish PresidentJoel Robideaux (Republican)
 • 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)
36 ft (11 m)
 • City Total120,623
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 214th
LA: 4th
LF: 1st
 • Density2,371.75/sq mi (915.74/km2)
 • Urban
252,720 (US: 148th)
 • Metro
490,488 (US: 108th)
 • CSA
627,146 (US: 77th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
70501–9, 70593, 70596, 70598
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-40735

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 the American Revolutionary War. In 2010 the population was over one hundred and twenty thousand. The city lies in Lafayette Parish.

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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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Other websites[change | change source]

Lafayette Consolidated Government Archived 2013-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
Lafayette Conventions and Visitors Center