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Lafayette, Louisiana
(Lafayette Parish)

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Welcome to Lafayette ...

The city of Lafayette is located in Lafayette Parish and is the Parish Seat for Lafayette Parish.

When the people of Lafayette refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Lafayettean<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Lafayette has a population of 126,143 people<2> (see below for details).

Lafayette is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Lafayette lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Lafayette: (337)

The ZIP codes for Lafayette: 70067, 70501-70509, 70593, 70596, 70598<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lafayette had a population of 120,623 people (which is 54.44% of the total population of Lafayette Parish). This makes Lafayette the parish's most populous community.

The population of Lafayette represents 2.66% of the total population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 120,623 people, the population of Lafayette increased 9.4% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 110,257 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Lafayette had an population of 126,143 people. This is an increase of 4.58% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.41% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Lafayette ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

New Iberia   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the Southeast (SE) of Lafayette

Located in Iberia Parish

Youngsville   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) of Lafayette

Broussard   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Lafayette

Abbeville   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Lafayette

Located in Vermilion Parish

Carencro   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) of Lafayette

Breaux Bridge   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Lafayette

Located in Saint Martin Parish

Rayne   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) of Lafayette

Located in Acadia Parish

Saint Martinville   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Lafayette

Located in Saint Martin Parish

Church Point   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Lafayette

Located in Acadia Parish

Sunset   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) of Lafayette

Located in Saint Landry Parish

To learn more about neighboring communities and parishes, please visit the Nearby Page for Lafayette.

Communities Also Named Lafayette ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Louisiana communities named Lafayette: This one is located in Lafayette Parish and the other is located in Orleans Parish.

Beyond Louisiana, there are 38 communities that are also named Lafayette - they are located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky, 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.

Websites for Lafayette ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lafayette. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lafayette.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About Lafayette Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lafayette:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lafayette.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lafayette - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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: 70067, 70501, 70502, 70503, 70504, 70505, 70506, 70507, 70508, 70593, 70596 & 70598.

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<5>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 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 Lafayette

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lafayette. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2241, Longitude: -92.0165     [Map].

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