Lafayette, Louisiana

city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States

Lafayette is the most populous city in the Acadiana region, it is the fourth most populous 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 with and helped 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.

Lafayette, Louisiana
Ville de Lafayette, Louisiane
City of Lafayette
Hub City
Downtown
Flag of Lafayette, Louisiana
Nickname(s): 
The Hub City, Laffy
Motto(s): 
The Heart of Cajun Country
Interactive map of Lafayette
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; 202 years ago (1821) as Vermilionville
Renamed1884; 139 years ago (1884) 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
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)
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

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GeographyEdit

TransportationEdit

InterstatesEdit

Number Highway
10   I-10
49   I-49

ReferencesEdit

  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 websitesEdit

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