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Lafayette is a city in southern Louisiana, the seat of government for Lafayette Parish, located on the Vermilion River. It is particularly known for its petroleum industry, Cajun cooking and music, and friendly people.

The fourth largest city in the state, Lafayette had a 2015 census population estimate of 127,657.[1] However, if the unincorporated Metairie and Metairie Terrace in Jefferson Parish are included in the state rankings, Lafayette falls to sixth place, still comfortably ahead of its regional sister city of Lake Charles. Lafayette is called a "Hub City" because its extended area of commerce reaches to Opelousas and Morgan City, with a combined population of 627,146 in 2015.[1]

The city is served by a daily newspaper, The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, which began in 1865 under the publisher William B. Bailey, who was the mayor of Lafayette from 1884 to 1892.[2]

It has a full university, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, originally known as Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.

Lafayette has in recent yeas been a stronghold for most Republican political candidates though it voted in 2003 for Kathleen Blanco, the successful Democratic gubernatorial nominee and a resident of Lafayette.

Notable people


  1. 1.0 1.1 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 7, 2016.
  2. Bailey, William B.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography by the Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on September 28, 2016.