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Overview of Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

Lafayette is the fourth largest city in Louisiana, United States. The city is located in the parish of Lafayette and serves as its parish seat. Lafayette is the main city for the Lafayette-Acadiana, LA Combined Statistical Area. In 2006, the US Census determined that this metro area had an estimated total population of 537,947. Additionally, many tourists are attracted to the region each year because of the unique Cajun and Creole cultures. The city is home to several specialty restaurants, boutiques, shopping centers and much more.

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  • Population: 110,275
  • Population Density: 2,316.7/mi²
  • Area: 47.7/mi²
  • Latitude: 30.213889
  • Longitude: -92.029444
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 36 ft
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone
  • Language: English
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History of Lafayette, Louisiana

The city's history dates back to 1821, when Jean Mouton (a French speaking Acadian) founded the town of Vermilionville. However, in 1884 the city was renamed after the military hero, General Lafayette. During the American Revolution, this noble gentleman provided help to the American Army. After the war, the city continued to flourish as an agricultural community. However in the 1940s, petroleum and natural gas industries were very successful.

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Lafayette's Demographics

The 2000 US Census reported that Lafayette consisted of 110,257 people, 43,506 households, and 27,104 families. In 2006, the Lafayette-Acadiana, LA Combined Statistical Area contained 537,947 people. The four main races found in the city are Caucasians, African-Americans, Hispanics and Latino. The median income for a household and a family of Lafayette in the year 2000 was $35,996 and $47,783, respectively.

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Lafayette's Climate

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Education in Lafayette, Louisiana

The Lafayette Parish Public Schools is the school district serving all public schools (K-12) in Lafayette. This school district contains 16 elementary schools, 9 middle schools and 6 high schools. This school district also provides students with a Gifted and Talented Program. In addition, the City of Lafayette is home to four post secondary institutions. These are: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College, Louisiana Technical College and Remington College.

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Transportation around Lafayette, Louisiana

Public transit in Lafayette is provided by the Lafayette Transit System. Residents of the city are also served by the Amtrak Sunset Limited. This rail system offers transportation to major cities including Orlando, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The city is also home to Lafayette Regional Airport. This public airport is served by American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. The City of Lafayette is also accessible via Interstate 10 and Interstate 49.

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Tourism and Attractions of Lafayette

The City of Lafayette has experienced a boom in the tourism industry. The city provides its tourists with many dining, shopping and recreational opportunities. The most popular sites of attraction within the city are: Acadiana Center for the Arts, Cypress Lake, Jefferson Street Market, Mall of Acadiana, and Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Lafayette
  • Abbevillie
  • Arnaudville
  • Avery Island
  • Bayou Mauric
  • Branch
  • Breaux Bridge
  • Broussand
  • Church Point
  • Cankton
  • Catahoula
  • Carencro
  • Cecilia
  • CortableauCrowley
  • Delcambre
  • Duson
  • Erath
  • Grand Coteau
  • Henderson
  • Henry
  • Indian
  • Kaplan
  • Lawtell
  • Leonville
  • Lewisburg
  • Loreauville
  • Maxie
  • Rayne
  • Milton
  • New Iberia
  • Opelousas
  • Perry
  • Scott
  • St. Martinville
  • Sunset
  • Youngsville Cade

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Geography of Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is located in the southern region of the state along the Vermilion River. The city's total area is 47.7 square miles. Of this only 0.1 square miles consists of water.

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Lafayette's Government

The City of Lafayette is governed by a City-Parish President who serves as the executive official for the city. The current City-Parish President of Lafayette is the Republican Joey Durel.

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Lafayette's Economy and Industry

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Lafayette's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is home to three sports venues: Cajundome, Cajun Field, and Blackham Coliseum. These sports venues serve as the home court/field for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and the Lafayette Bayou Bulls.

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Media of Lafayette

Lafayette receives its current news, weather, sports and entertainment from various media outlets. The Daily Advertiser, The Independent Weekly and The Times of Acadiana are three major newspapers serving the city. The city is also served by various television stations and radio stations.

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