|City of Lafayette|
|Nickname : Hub City|
|Motto : The Heart of Cajun Country|
|Area||47. Metropolitan areas and Urbanized areas of Louisiana by population Cities Towns Villages The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America Lafayette Parish (Paroisse de Lafayette is a Parish located in the U 7 sq mi (123. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 5 km²)|
|- land||47. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 6 sq mi (123. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 3 km²)|
|- water||0. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 1 sq mi (0. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 3 km²), 0. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 21%|
|- metro||5,252 sq mi (13,602. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 6 km²)|
|- elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|- metro||512,720 (2000)|
|Density||2,316. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International 7 /sq mi (894. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 5 /km²)|
|- metro||98 /sq mi (37. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 8 /km²)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||70501-9, 70593, 70596, 70598|
Location of Lafayette in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|Website : http://www.lafayettela.gov|
Lafayette is a city on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of Lester Joseph "Joey" Durel Jr (born April 3, 1953) rocketed to local political prominence when in 2003 he became the second Republican The Central Time Zone observes Standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time ( UTC−6) and five hours during Daylight saving Areas using UTC−6 Single zone countries Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala The Central Time Zone observes Standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time ( UTC−6) and five hours during Daylight saving UTC−5 is the Time offset used in the North American Eastern Time Zone during Standard time and in the North American Central Time Zone during Area code 337 is a Telephone Area code that covers southernwestern Louisiana. A city is an Urban area with a large Population and a particular Administrative, Legal, or Historical status The Vermilion River (or The Bayou Vermilion is a River, 72 mi (116 km) long in southern Louisiana in the United States. Lafayette Parish (Paroisse de Lafayette is a Parish located in the U A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America   Lafayette is the parish seat. A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 110,257; a 2006 census estimate put the metro area's population at 254,432, while in the same year, a census estimate put the city's population at 114,214. It is the fourth largest incorporated city in the state. It is the principal city of the Lafayette-Acadiana, LA Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2006, had an estimated total population of 537,947. The Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area is made up of six parishes in the Acadiana region of southern Louisiana.
The city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian named Jean Mouton. Year 1821 ( MDCCCXXI) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common year French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people This article is about the Acadian people and culture The Acadians (Acadiens are the descendants of the seventeenth-century French In 1884, it was renamed for General Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and significantly aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. Year 1884 ( MDCCCLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots"  The city's economy was primarily based on agriculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industry became dominant. Agriculture refers to the production of goods through the growing of plants and fungi and the raising of domesticated Animals The study of agriculture The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be Petroleum ( L petroleum, from Greek πετρέλαιον, lit Natural gas is a Gaseous Fossil fuel consisting primarily of Methane but including significant quantities of Ethane, Propane,
Lafayette has a strong tourism industry, attracted by the Cajun and Creole cultures of the surrounding region. Cajuns ('keʒən les Cadiens are an Ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles and peoples of other This article is about an ethnic culture in Louisiana USA For uses of the term "Creole" in other countries and cultures see Creole (disambiguation. Because of the Cajun culture's affinity for good food, it has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of any U. Per capita is a Latin phrase meaning for each head with Per meaning 'through' or 'by' S. city.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 7 square miles (123. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 5 km²), of which, 47. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 6 square miles (123. 3 km²) of it is land and 0. 1 square miles (0. 2 km²) of it (0. 19%) is water.
The Vermilion River runs through the center of Lafayette. The Vermilion River (or The Bayou Vermilion is a River, 72 mi (116 km) long in southern Louisiana in the United States. Other significant waterways in the city are Isaac Verot Coulee, Coulee Mine, Coulee des Poches and Coulee Ile Des Cannes, which are natural drainage canals that lead to the Vermilion River.
The estimated population of the Lafayette-Acadiana metropolitan area for 2006 was 537,947  .
As of the census of 2000, there were 110,257 people, 43,506 households, and 27,104 families residing in the city of Lafayette only. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density was 2,316. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 7 people per square mile (894. 5/km²). There were 46,865 housing units at an average density of 984. 7/sq mi (380. 2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68. 23% White, 28. 51% African American, 0. 25% Native American, 1. 44% Asian, 0. 02% Pacific Islander, 0. 58% from other races, and 0. 97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1. 88% of the population.
Lafayette is one of the only large cities in Louisiana to be growing in population instead of shrinking; this was the case even before the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense Tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico (In fact, it was the sole large city to be growing until a 2005 estimate revealed that the city of Lake Charles had resumed its population growth after an earlier slight decline. Lake Charles is the fifth largest incorporated City in the US state of Louisiana. )
There were 43,506 households, out of which 31. 3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43. 9% were married couples living together, 14. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37. 7% were non-families. Nearly 29. 4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8. 0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 43 and the average family size was 3. 07.
In the city the population was spread out with 25. 1% under the age of 18, 13. 3% from 18 to 24, 29. 5% from 25 to 44, 20. 9% from 45 to 64, and 11. 2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93. 1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90. 9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,996, and the median income for a family was $47,783. Males had a median income of $37,729 versus $23,606 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,031. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 11. 6% of families and 16. 3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 3% of those under age 18 and 14. 5% of those age 65 or over. In the 1970s, Lafayette had the distinction of having more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States, thanks mostly to the oil industry.
University and colleges
Public Library System
Lafayette is served by the following hospitals. Saint Thomas More Catholic High School (STM is a Roman Catholic High school located in Lafayette Louisiana. Episcopal School of AcEQewwEG Founding & History The Episcopal School of Acadiana was established with grades 6 through 12 in 1979 History Timeline 1898 - State approved the creation of an "industrial institute and academy
Lafayette is home to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, the athletic teams of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. History Timeline 1898 - State approved the creation of an "industrial institute and academy It is also home to the Lafayette Bayou Bulls semi-pro football program which started in 2003. Between the years of 1995 and 2005, Lafayette was home to the Louisiana IceGators ECHL hockey team. The Glory Days The Gators were an instant success upon their debut in Lafayette despite the city's unfamiliarity with hockey
Lafayette is the home of the National Guard headquarters of the 256th Infantry Brigade, a military unit of over 3,000 soldiers that served in Iraq in the years of 2004-2005. The Cajundome is a 12068 seat multi-purpose Arena in Lafayette Louisiana. Cajun Field is a Stadium located in the city of Lafayette Louisiana. Blackham Coliseum is a multipurpose arena in Lafayette Louisiana. The 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is a modular Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
Since the consolidation of city and parish governments, Lafayette has had a city-parish president as its chief executive, rather than a mayor as it had previously. The current Republican city-parish president is Joey Durel. Lester Joseph "Joey" Durel Jr (born April 3, 1953) rocketed to local political prominence when in 2003 he became the second Republican As the largest city in the seventh congressional district of Louisiana, it overwhelmingly supported U. S. representative Charles Boustany in his races in 2004 and 2006; he is a citizen of Lafayette. Charles William Boustany Jr (born February 21, 1956) represents Louisiana 's historically Democratic as a Republican since 2004 In 2004, residents of Lafayette cast 57,000 ballots for George W. Bush and 31,000 for John F. Kerry. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator According to the Bay City Center for Voting Research, Lafayette is the ninth most conservative city in the nation and the fourth most conservative city in the South. 
Notable local politicians
Lafayette is also home to a branch of the AmeriCorps State program (http://www.americorps.org/). Roderick Luke "Rod" Miller ( October 20, 1924 -- January 15, 2005) was a Lafayette attorney and a pioneer in the development Leadership of the House List of Speakers of the Louisiana House of RepresentativesThe Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives Ashton Joseph Mouton Sr ( October 16, 1916 - January 31, 1988) was a United States businessman and Politician who David Glenn Thibodaux ( December 1, 1953 &ndash March 24, 2007) was an English Professor at the University of Louisiana UL AmeriCorps is associated with the University of Louisiana and employs about 40 students who perform either 900 or 400 hours of community service in 11 months. (http://americorps.louisiana.edu/)
Lafayette is home to KATC-TV, Channel 3, an (ABC) affiliate, KLFY-TV Channel 10 (CBS), KADN-TV, Channel 15 (Fox), and KLWB, Channel 50 (CW). KATC is an ABC -affiliated television station licensed to Lafayette Louisiana. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. KLFY-TV, channel 10 is a CBS affiliate in Lafayette Louisiana. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. KADN ("Fox 15" is the Fox affiliate in Lafayette Louisiana. A fox is an Animal belonging to any one of about 27 Species (of which only 12 actually belong to the Vulpes genus or 'true foxes' of small KLWB is the CW network Television affiliate in the Lafayette Louisiana area of the United States. The CW Television Network ( The CW) is a Television network in the United States launched at the beginning of the 2006-2007 television season. KPLC-TV, Channel 7 and WVLA, Channel 33, are NBC affiliates, located in nearby Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, respectively, but serve Lafayette as well. KPLC is an NBC affiliate licensed to Lake Charles Louisiana; also serving Lafayette Louisiana, broadcasting on analog channel 7 WVLA ("NBC 33" is the local NBC affiliate for Baton Rouge Louisiana. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Lake Charles is the fifth largest incorporated City in the US state of Louisiana. Baton Rouge (French Bâton-Rouge ˌbætən ˈruːdʒ in English, and in French) is the capital city of Louisiana.
Lafayette serves as the retail and shopping hub of the Acadiana area, serving an eight parish area. Festivals Acadiens is the collective name for a combination of festivals in Lafayette Louisiana that pay tribute to the Cajun culture The Festival International de Louisiane is an annual music and arts festival held in Lafayette Louisiana celebrating the French heritage of the region Acadiana (also called Cajun Country) (L'Acadiane is the official name given to the French Louisiana region that is home to a large Cajun population The seat of this retail is the Mall of Acadiana. The Mall of Acadiana, originally called Acadiana Mall is an enclosed regional Shopping mall in the city of Lafayette Louisiana, and is located at the intersection The mall features department stores Macy's, Dillards, JC Penney, and Sears. Macy's is a chain of mid-range American Department stores Its Flagship store in Herald Square, New York City has been billed J C Penney Company Inc ( most commonly known today by the name JCPenney or simply Penneys) is a mid-range chain of American Department stores Sears Roebuck and Company, commonly known as Sears, is an American mid-range chain of International Department stores founded by Richard It also includes over 100 specialty stores, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Talbots, Chico's, Nine West, and Coldwater Creek. Abercrombie & Fitch ('æbɝkrɒmbiː ænd 'fɪtʃ ( (A&F is an American clothing Retailer. Operating under the brands Talbots and J Jill The Talbots Inc Nine West or 9 West is a subdivision of Jones Apparel Group. Nine West is a women's fashion retailer/wholesaler with offices in 60 countries Coldwater Creek is a women's apparel and accessories retailer based in Sandpoint, Idaho, United States. Other retailers/stores that have recently located in Lafayette include Kohl's, Incredible Pizza Co. Kohl's Corporation ( is an American Department store chain headquartered in Menomonee Falls Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. , and Plato's Closet. Academy Sports and Outdoors recently built a new building for its Lafayette location to become one of the largest stores in the Academy chain. Academy Sports and Outdoors (Sometimes Academy Sports + Outdoors) is a sports goods discount store headquartered in Katy TX.
Lafayette is also served by U. S. Routes 90 (known as the Evangeline Thruway for part of its route) and 167 (also known as Johnston Street). Ambassador Caffery Parkway, named for Jefferson Caffery, serves as a partially completed loop around Lafayette. Jefferson Caffery ( December 1, 1886 &ndash April 13, 1974) served as U Other Arterial Roads serving Lafayette include Verot School Road (LA 339), Congress Street, Kaliste Saloom Road (LA 3095), Carmel Dr. (LA 94), University Avenue (LA 182), and Pinhook Road (LA 182).
Some of the notable people born in Lafayette:
Other notable current and former residents of Lafayette: