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Lafayette is a township in Coles County, in the Charleston-Mattoon metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Lafayette. For links to other places called Lafayette, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Lafayette is 39.481N. The longitude is -88.303W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 705 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 4,448.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Lafayette demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Coles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62440 ZIP code.
22% of Lafayette residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lafayette ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lafayette was $25,781, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Lafayette residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Lafayette, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $239. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $940.
Coles County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lafayette political report.
The average commute time for Lafayette workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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