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Located on the West Gulf Coastal Plain, the Vermilion River runs through its center. The city's economy was primarily based on agriculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industry became dominant. Lafayette is the center of the Cajun culture in Louisiana and the U.S. Lafayette has a strong tourism industry because of the Cajun and Creole cultures of the surrounding region.

Population: 113656
Local Newspapers: The Daily Advertiser
Local Sports Teams: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Ragin' Cajuns)
Local Colleges: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Zip Codes associated with lafayette, louisiana: 70501 70503 70506 70507 70508 70520 70529 70583
Towns/Cities near lafayette, louisiana : Breaux Bridge Carencro Scott Broussard Youngsville St Martinville Duson Opelousas

Lafayette News
Median cable barrier to improve interstate safety in Acadiana

DOTD will soon place cable barriers in the median from the foot of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge in Henderson, to the Acadia/Jeff Davis parish line. "A person on the other side of the interstate came across the median and basically t-boned my car at 65 miles per hour," Perkins said.

Louisiana photographers capturing Cuba

The Gallery at Third & Vine is again hosting La Cuba Vista; this year's exhibit shows how Louisiana photographers have captured the nation. The country has for decades been cut off from the United States and in many ways frozen in time.

United Ways, KATC launch early childhood literacy book drive

Organized by the United Ways of Acadiana and Calcasieu and KATC-TV 3, the drive seeks to collect new and gently used books for children age 5 and younger across South Louisiana. Nearly 90 percent of a child's brain development occurs before the age of five, and children who can read at grade level are 25 percent more likely to graduate high school on time.

Whata s the latest on Lafayettea s Confederate statue?

It's been more than a year since the Lafayette City-Parish Council passed on taking action to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton from public property in downtown Lafayette.

Correctional deputy arrested for allegedly conspiring to bring drugs into LPCC

A correctional deputy has been arrested for allegedly conspiring to bring drugs into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, according to the sheriff's office. Cpl. John Mowell said Deputy Jonathan Fremin, of Lafayette, was charged after deputies stopped Fremin's sheriff's office vehicle and found him in possession of suboxone.

Young male found shot on Surrey Street in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, La. We are following breaking news out of North Lafayette where a man in his early 20's was found shot near the intersection of Surrey Street and Louisiana Avenue.

Lafayette attorney arrested, facing possible 3-year suspension in separate incident

Lafayette Parish Deputies said Harold Register Jr. signed off on one of his client's checks worth more than $12,000, then deposited the money into his own account. He was arrested for forgery Friday.

Lafayette hit-and-run witness describes chaotic scene

In Lafayette, one woman is recovering, another is in critical condition and a third is under arrest following a weekend hit-and-run. Over the weekend, Talley said he was walking back to his car after a night downtown with old friends when they heard an argument happening around the corner on Cypress St. "And that drew our attention.

Lafayette Parish voters to decide half-cent sales tax increase for schools

LAFAYETTE, La. Lafayette Parish voters will decide the fate of the school district's half-cent sales tax when they head to the polls this Saturday.

Aerial video of St. Julien Park

St. Julien Park has been under construction in Broussard for some time, and is slated to be open this summer. Developing Lafayette has taken aerial video of the project, which is located on St. Nazaire Road, about a mile from the Broussard Wal-Mart.

Lafayette Police identify suspect in hit and run that injured 2

Cpl. Karl Ratcliff identified the suspect as Natasha Portalis, 21, of Lafayette. Portalis is wanted on two counts of attempted manslaughter.

Downtown Lafayette may offer resident housing options in the area.

Festival International is only two days away and that means crews will be downtown setting up for the big event. Some parking lots and metered spots will be blocked so crews can build the festival stages.

Pedestrian struck in Morgan City

Morgan City police responded to LA 182 near Ditch Ave. regarding a pedestrian-involved collision at 11:46 p.m. Police say a male individual exited a local business near the scene of the accident and entered the roadway where he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The individual was transported to a Lafayette hospital due to the severity of his injuries.


Tens of thousands of scientists and their supporters from around the world took to the streets for the March For Science. The marches celebrated scientific achievement, while protesting some of the EPA and climate change policies of the Trump Administration.

Lafayette's Zachary Richard turns to crowdfunding to get his 'bicultural' music to fans

Award-winning folk-rock musician, songwriter and activist Zachary Richard, who shares his time between his hometown of Lafayette and French-speaking areas of Canada, has produced 20 albums since the start of his career in 1972, some in French and some in English. For his 21st album, Richard plans to bridge the linguistic gap and offer a collection of songs in both languages.

Lafayette High teen takes her two best friends with a Special Needsa to prom

LAFAYETTE, La. A Lafayette teen touched the hearts of many Saturday night when she made her prom date the luckiest boys in the world.

Lafayette neighborhood combines history and music

The Sterling Grove Neighborhood Association hosted their first annual home tour and festival today at Plantation Mouton, also known as Bois des Chenes.

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