Lafayette, Minnesota

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Lafayette, Minnesota

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High Points

Lafayette strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Minnesota):

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Top 4% trophy Lafayette Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
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Top 6% Lafayette Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Lafayette, Minnesota

Comparing Lafayette to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Age of the Population 5 5
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 5
Median Family Income 7 4
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Working at Home 8 7
Short Commute Times 7 5
Public Transportation Use 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 7 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Affordability of Rents 5 5
Housing Recently Built 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Lafayette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles SW of Eden Prairie, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles SW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Nicollet
Standard Zip Codes 56054
Phone Area Codes 507
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.446
Longitude -94.395

Lafayette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station NEW ULM 2 SE
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 29.5 inches
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
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Lafayette Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 529 100%
Male 253 47.8%
Female 276 52.2%
Under 18 143 27%
18+ 386 73%
65+ 122 23.1%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.04
White 525 99.2%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 2 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6 1.1%

Estimated Lafayette Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 514
Growth -15
Growth % -2.8%

Lafayette Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 62.5%
Swedish 12.6%
US/American 8.1%
Norwegian 6.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.7%
Irish 3.2%
English 1.2%
French (except Basque) 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Belgian 0.5%
Polish 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

La Fayette (56054)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lafayette 529 $43,611
Courtland 538 $66,184
Gaylord 2,279 $45,750
Gibbon 808 $38,977
New Ulm 13,594 $51,309
Nicollet 889 $51,563
Winthrop 1,367 $47,159
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