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Welcome to Lafayette ...

The city of Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County<1> and is the County Seat for Tippecanoe County.

When the people of Lafayette refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Lafayettean<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lafayette has a population of 71,379 people<3> (see below for details).

Lafayette was established in 1825.

The community of Lafayette is 660 feet [201 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Lafayette lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Lafayette (for example, toward Alvin (IL)), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Lafayette: (765)

The ZIP codes for Lafayette: 47901-47905, 47909<5>

Websites for Lafayette ...

Official Website:   www.city.lafayette.in.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.lafayettechamber.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lafayette had an population of 71,379 people. This is an increase of 6.31% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 26.57% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lafayette had a population of 67,140 people (which is 38.86% of the total population of Tippecanoe County). This makes Lafayette the county's most populous community.

The population of Lafayette represents 1.04% of the population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 11th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 67,140 people, the population of Lafayette increased 19.05% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 56,397 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lafayette.

Communities Also Named Lafayette ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 38 communities that are also named Lafayette - they are located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maryland, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island, Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Virginia (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lafayette.

Communities near Lafayette ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lafayette.

  • Delphi [Carroll County]
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    • Delphi [Carroll County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,909 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delphi
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Delphi<7>
  • Flora [Carroll County]
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    • Flora [Carroll County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northeast of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,998 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flora
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flora<7>
  • Battle Ground [Tippecanoe County]
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    • Battle Ground [Tippecanoe County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the north of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,973 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Battle Ground
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Battle Ground<7>
  • Shadeland [Tippecanoe County]
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    • Shadeland [Tippecanoe County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,922 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shadeland have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shadeland
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Brookston [White County]
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      • Brookston [White County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,541 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brookston have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brookston<7>
    • Rossville [Clinton County]
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      • Rossville [Clinton County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the east of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,540 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rossville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rossville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rossville<7>
    • Otterbein [Benton County]
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      • Otterbein [Benton County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northwest of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,258 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otterbein have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otterbein
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Otterbein<7>
    • Mulberry [Clinton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mulberry
      • Mulberry [Clinton County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,213 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mulberry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mulberry<7>
    • Linden [Montgomery County]
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      • Linden [Montgomery County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 767 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Linden<7>
    • Clarks Hill [Tippecanoe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarks Hill
      • Clarks Hill [Tippecanoe County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 734 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarks Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clarks Hill<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lafayette. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lafayette.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lafayette. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lafayette.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lafayette. Our list includes 90 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lafayette.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lafayette ...

Looking for more information about Lafayette? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lafayette, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lafayette.

Adding Lafayette to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lafayette in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Lafayette was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Lafayette on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Indiana

About Tippecanoe County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lafayette: www.city.lafayette.in.us/

The official website for Tippecanoe County: www.co.tippecanoe.in.us/

The official website for State of Indiana: https://www.in.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Tippecanoe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Lafayette refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Lafayette may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lafayette.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lafayette - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lafayette). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lafayette or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lafayette includes: 47901, 47902, 47903, 47904 & 47905.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lafayette) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lafayette. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LafayetteOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lafayette. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4103, Longitude: -86.8580    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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