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Lafayette is a city in Tippecanoe County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the Marquis de Lafayette
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Indiana named Lafayette. For links to other places called Lafayette, IN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Lafayette is 40.416N. The longitude is -86.875W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 692 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 61,229.
The first steamboat reached Lafayette in 1826. River traffic, the National Road and the Wabash & Erie Canal brought commerce and settlers
ALCOA opened an aluminum plant here in 1937; National Homes began making prefabricated homes in 1940
Sections below provide additional information and links about Lafayette demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Tippecanoe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lafayette area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 47901 ZIP code.
23% of Lafayette residents report German ancestry, and 12% 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 $19,217, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Lafayette residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Lafayette include Centennial Neighborhood District, Downtown Lafayette Historic District, Ellsworth Historic District, Perrin Historic District, Upper Main Street Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Lafayette, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $491. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $831.
Libraries in Lafayette include Tippecanoe County Public Library, Tippecanoe County/Ivy Tech ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lafayette include Journal and Courier
TV stations in Lafayette include WLFI.
Tippecanoe 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 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lafayette between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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