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Welcome to Lafayette ...

The city of Lafayette is located in Macon County<1> and is the County Seat for Macon 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 5,331 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Lafayette.

Lafayette is 960 feet [293 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Note: If you travel east from Lafayette, you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Lafayette is located in the (615) area code.

The ZIP code for Lafayette: 37083<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lafayette had an population of 5,331 people. This is an increase of 19.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 37.22% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lafayette had a population of 4,474 people (or 20.11% of the total population of Macon County). This makes Lafayette the county's most populous community.

The population of Lafayette represents 0.07% of the total population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 106th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,474 people, the population of Lafayette increased 15.16% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 3,885 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 two Tennessee communities named Lafayette: This one is located in Macon County and the other is located in Putnam County.

Beyond Tennessee, 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, Louisiana (2), Maryland, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island, 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.

  • Difficult [Smith County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Difficult
    • Difficult [Smith County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Lafayette
    • Estimated population in 2014: 14,993 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Difficult
  • Hartsville [Trousdale County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartsville
    • Hartsville [Trousdale County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,455 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartsville<7>
  • Scottsville [Allen County]
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    • Scottsville [Allen County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Lafayette
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,548 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scottsville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scottsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scottsville<7>
  • Centerville [Wilson County]
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    • Centerville [Wilson County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Lafayette
    • Estimated population in 2014: 3,595 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Centerville
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Westmoreland [Sumner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westmoreland
      • Westmoreland [Sumner County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,429 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westmoreland have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westmoreland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westmoreland<7>
    • Carthage [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
      • Carthage [Smith County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,331 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<7>
    • South Carthage [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Carthage
      • South Carthage [Smith County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the south of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,406 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Carthage
    • Red Boiling Springs [Macon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Boiling Springs
      • Red Boiling Springs [Macon County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the east of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,124 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Boiling Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Boiling Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Red Boiling Springs<7>
    • Castalian Springs [Sumner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castalian Springs
      • Castalian Springs [Sumner County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 556 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castalian Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castalian Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Castalian Springs<7>
    • Gamaliel [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gamaliel
      • Gamaliel [Monroe County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Lafayette
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 355 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gamaliel have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gamaliel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gamaliel<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 5 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 on a map titled Map of Tennessee (from Rand McNally, 1888).

We also found Lafayette in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

Mentions & References for Lafayette

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lafayette. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Macon County: www.maconcountytn.com/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including Macon, 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).
<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 from Point A (ie- Lafayette) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), 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: 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: 36.5213, Longitude: -86.0260    
<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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