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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Lafayette Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded January 17, 1823
Named for Marquis de la Fayette
Seat Lafayette
Largest city Lafayette
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

270 sq mi (700 km²)
270 sq mi (699 km²)
0 sq mi (1 km²), 0.17%
 - (2000)
 - Density

706/sq mi (273/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lafayette Parish (French: Paroisse de Lafayette) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Lafayette. In 2006, its population was estimated to be 203,091.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The parish has a total area of 700 km² (270 sq mi). 699 km² (270 sq mi) of it is land and 1 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.17%) is water.

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Demographics[edit | edit source]

Home to a number of Cajun peoples, as of the census² of 2000, there were 190,503 people, 72,372 households, and 48,851 families residing in the parish. The population density was 273/km² (706/sq mi). There were 78,122 housing units at an average density of 112/km² (290/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 73.36% White, 23.80% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 14.37% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.73% speak Spanish.[1]

There were 72,372 households out of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.20% were married couples living together, 14.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.50% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $36,518, and the median income for a family was $45,158. Males had a median income of $36,428 versus $22,751 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $19,371. About 11.80% of families and 15.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.20% of those under age 18 and 15.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Map of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Incorporated areas[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated areas[edit | edit source]

Notable residents[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
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    Coordinates: 30°13′N 92°04′W / 30.21, -92.06

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