Profile for Lafayette, Louisiana, LA
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Lafayette is in Lafayette Parish.
It is the parish seat.
The community was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, who fought with the colonists during the American Revolution.
The latitude of Lafayette is 30.223N. The longitude is -92.019W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 36 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 111,667.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Lafayette demographic reports
Lafayette is on the Vermilion River.
Area was settled in 1763 by exiled Acadians from Nova Scotia. Land was deeded to the Catholic Church by an early settler, Jean Mouton.
Public transportation: Lafayette Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,251. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 11.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1969 movie, "Easy Rider"
Well-known residents have included:
· Buckwheat Zydeco, musician
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include PJ?s Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Festivals Acadiens - Oct. 12-14, 2007
- Mid-Winter Fair Pro Rodeo - Jan. 11-14, 2007
- Big Easel Art Festival - Nov. 17, 2007
- Le Festival de Mardi Gras - Feb. 16-20, 2007
- Latin Music Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lafayette web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Historic sites and museums: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Lafayette Museum, Vermilionville, Acadian Village
Colleges and universities:
University of Louisiana - Lafayette, Remington College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 89
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Ancestry & family history
7% of Lafayette residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lafayette ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lafayette was $21,031, compared with $21,587 nationally.
31% of Lafayette residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Lafayette festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Festivals Acadiens - O
- Mid-Winter Fair Pro Rodeo - J
- Le Festival de Mardi Gras - F
- Big Easel Art Festival - N
- Latin Music Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Lafayette festival web sites:
Median rent in Lafayette, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $409. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $860.
Libraries in Lafayette include Butler Memorial Branch, Chenier Center Branch, Lafayette Parish Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lafayette include Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Times of Acadiana
TV stations in Lafayette include KADN, KATC, KLFY, KLPB.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KRVS.
Lafayette Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lafayette political report.
Lafayette restaurants taking online reservations include Ruth's Chris Steak House - Lafayette ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Lafayette workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 44 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lafayette between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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