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Overview

Introduction to La Fayette, Georgia

La Fayette, Georgia, in Walker county, is 24 miles S of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 83 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Chattanooga metropolitan area with.

La Fayette History

La Fayette is the county seat of Walker County. Nicknamed the Queen City of the Highlands, it boasts of a rich Native American, African American and Civil War historical tradition. The county was established in 1835 and named after former U.S. Senator Freeman Walker. The city was renamed after the Marquis de La Fayette in 1836.

La Fayette and nearby Attractions

  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Crown Gardens and Archives
  • Sequoyah Caverns
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park

Things To Do In La Fayette

Local parks include the Cloudland Canyon State Park, the De Soto State Park and the James H. Floyd State Park. The Crown Gardens and Archives have a number of Civil War artifacts on display. Other nearby museums and historical sites include the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Red Clay State Historical Park. The city hosts the La Fayette Freedom Festival every June.

La Fayette Transportation

Atlanta International is the nearest major airport.

La Fayette Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Church of God Theological Seminary and Cleveland State Community College.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

La Fayette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Walker
Metro Area Chattanooga
Standard Zip Codes 30728
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.7
Longitude -85.28

La Fayette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAFAYETTE 5 SW
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Station DALTON
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.5 inches
Station BRIDGEPORT 5 NW
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 62.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Fayette, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lafayette (30728)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chickamauga 3,115 $50,080
Fort Oglethorpe 9,547 $55,561
Ringgold 3,668 $52,173
Summerville 4,422 $31,000
Trion 2,210 $40,100
Tunnel Hill 1,096 $57,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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La Fayette High Schools

LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL
5178 ROUND POND ROAD
706-638-2342
Serves 932 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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