Lafayette is a city in and the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana; according to the official US Census conducted in 2000 the city’s population was over 110,000. It is the fourth largest city in Louisiana and it is the principal city of the Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of over 538,000 residents.

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It was founded in 1821 as Vermilionville by Jean Mouton, a French-speaking Acadian. Not long after it was founded the town was renamed after General Lafayette, the hero of the Revolution. Its economy was based heavily on agriculture until the early 1940’s, when it shifted (quite rapidly) to oil and natural gas. Today, however, Lafayette is based mostly on tourism, and it actually has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of any city in the United States.

During the summer months temperatures in the city hit around 90 degrees during the day, with overnight lows dropping down to around 75 degrees. During the winter months, however, temperatures typically hit around 62 degrees during the day, with lows often dropping down to around 44 degrees overnight.

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