Lafayette, Wisconsin

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Population in 2010: 5,765. Population change since 2000: +10.9%
 
Males: 2,922  (50.7%)
Females: 2,843  (49.3%)
Median resident age:  43.7 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 54729.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $73,116 (it was $52,850 in 2000)
Lafayette:

$73,116
WI:

$56,811

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $35,288 (it was $23,172 in 2000)

Lafayette town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $220,280 (it was $123,200 in 2000)
Lafayette:

$220,280
WI:

$173,200
  • Races in Lafayette, WI (2010)

    Lafayette races chart
    • 5,59597.1%White alone
    • 520.9%Two or more races
    • 490.8%Hispanic
    • 280.5%Asian alone
    • 230.4%American Indian alone
    • 170.3%Black alone
    • 10.02%Other race alone

Races in Lafayette detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lafayette: 96.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (47.0%), Norwegian (18.6%), Irish (11.2%), French (8.3%), English (6.4%), Polish (5.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 34.5 square miles.

Population density: 167 people per square mile   (very low).

Lafayette,WI real estate house value index trend

For population 25 years and over in Lafayette:

  • High school or higher: 90.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.4%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lafayette town:

  • Never married: 21.2%
  • Now married: 64.5%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 8.4%

72 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.4%
Wisconsin:

3.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Lafayette town:  1.4% ($1,719)
Wisconsin:  2.0% ($2,245)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Eau Claire, WI (12.2 miles , pop. 61,704).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (88.9 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (280.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lake Wissota, WI (0.8 miles ), Chippewa Falls, WI (2.2 miles ), Anson, WI (2.5 miles ), Hallie, WI (2.6 miles ), Eagle Point, WI (2.7 miles ), Cadott, WI (2.7 miles ), Lake Hallie, WI (2.8 miles ), Goetz, WI (2.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2003: 4 buildings, average cost: $125,300
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $106,000
  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $125,600
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $161,100
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $227,500
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $208,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 44.92 N, Longitude: 91.30 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.5%
Wisconsin:

3.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +742 (+16.6%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (10%)
  • Computer and electronic products (7%)
  • Repair and maintenance (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (5%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Computer and electronic products (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Leather and allied products (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Business operations specialists (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

Work and jobs in Lafayette: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Lafayette, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Lafayette-area historical tornado activity is near Wisconsin state average. It is 6% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/4/1958, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 20.1 miles away from the Lafayette town center killed 21 people and injured 74 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/4/1958, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 5.7 miles away from the town center killed 3 people and injured 50 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lafayette-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 236.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 248.4 miles away from Lafayette center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 268.4 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 402.5 miles away from the city center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 240.7 miles away from Lafayette center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 276.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Chippewa County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Lafayette:

  • NORTHERN WI CTR FDD (Hospital, about 4 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • WISSOTA HEALTH AND REGIONAL VENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • CHIPPEWA MANOR NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • CHIPPEWA CTY PUBLIC HLTH (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • RUTLEDGE HOME (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • NORTHWEST WI HOMECARE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI)
  • FALL CREEK VALLEY CARE CTR (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; FALL CREEK, WI)

Amtrak station near Lafayette:

  • 13 miles: EAU CLARE (101 N. FARWELL ST.) - Bus Station . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lafayette:

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (about 14 miles; Eau Claire, WI; Full-time enrollment: 10,143)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (about 14 miles; Eau Claire, WI; FT enrollment: 4,038)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (about 31 miles; Menomonie, WI; FT enrollment: 8,120)
  • Winona State University (about 64 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 8,397)
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (about 64 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 4,022)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (about 65 miles; Shell Lake, WI; FT enrollment: 2,414)
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (about 66 miles; River Falls, WI; FT enrollment: 5,868)

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Notable locations in Lafayette: Butak Farms (A), Amber Farm (B), Top of the Hill Farm (C), Camp Sko-Lo-A (D), Connell's Orchard (E), Chippewa Fire District Station 3 (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lafayette include: English Lutheran Church (A), Saint Simeons Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Bateman Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Cindy Lake (A), Lake Wissota 5548 (B), Lake Wissota (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Paint Creek (A), Frederick Creek (B), Stillson Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Lafayette: Pine Harbor Woods Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Chippewa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 53.6. This is better than average.

City:

53.6
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 31.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.3
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.28. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.28
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  78.0%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  6.2%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

4.0%
Whole state:

8.7%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

1.2%
Whole state:

3.7%
10 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.6
Wisconsin average:

11.0

Lafayette travel time to work - commute Lafayette mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Lafayette town (based on Chippewa County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic14,85012
Mainline Protestant7,98928
Evangelical Protestant6,29642
Other2014
Orthodox251
None33,054-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Chippewa County:

2.00 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Chippewa County:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Chippewa County:

4.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 52
Here:

8.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.5%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Chippewa County:

28.4%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.5%
State:

13.0%

5.62% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,383 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.62%
Wisconsin average:

5.10%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Eau Claire County, WI  2.12% ($33,602 average AGI)
from Dunn County, WI  0.39% ($30,927)
from Barron County, WI  0.26% ($35,123)


5.70% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,357 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.70%
Wisconsin average:

5.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Eau Claire County, WI  2.11% ($29,748 average AGI)
to Dunn County, WI  0.30% ($31,107)
to Barron County, WI  0.29% ($31,616)

Strongest AM radio stations in Lafayette:

  • WEAQ (1150 AM; 5 kW; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WOGO (680 AM; 3 kW; HALLIE, WI; Owner: STEWARDS OF SOUND, INC.)
  • WAYY (790 AM; 5 kW; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WMEQ (880 AM; 10 kW; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WDVM (1050 AM; 1 kW; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: STARBOARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WBIZ (1400 AM; 1 kW; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lafayette:

  • WCFW (105.7 FM; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: BUSHLAND RADIO SPECIALTIES/WCFW)
  • WQRB (95.1 FM; BLOOMER, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWIB (103.7 FM; HALLIE, WI; Owner: STEWARDS OF SOUND, INC.)
  • WAXX (104.5 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WUEC (89.7 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM)
  • WBIZ-FM (100.7 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WIAL (94.1 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WVCF (90.5 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • WECL (92.9 FM; ELK MOUND, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WMEQ-FM (92.1 FM; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WHWC (88.3 FM; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WISM-FM (98.1 FM; ALTOONA, WI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WDRK (99.9 FM; CORNELL, WI; Owner: MAVERICK MEDIA OF EAU CLAIRE LICENSE LLC)
  • WHEM (91.3 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: FOURTH DIMENSION, INC.)
  • WATQ (106.7 FM; CHETEK, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W256AE (99.1 FM; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: BUSHLAND RADIO SPECIALTIES/ WCFW)
  • W206AH (89.1 FM; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Lafayette:

  • WQOW-TV (Channel 18; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: WXOW-WQOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WEAU-TV (Channel 13; EAU CLAIRE, WI; Owner: WEAU LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WHWC-TV (Channel 28; MENOMONIE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WEUX (Channel 48; CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI; Owner: GRANT MEDIA INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 31Number of bridges
  • 132m433ftTotal length
  • $3,602,000Total costs
  • 152,040Total average daily traffic
  • 8,602Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 11950-1959
  • 171960-1969
  • 21980-1989
  • 51990-1999
  • 32000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Lafayette, WI

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • STATION, Int Of Potter Rd And Plank Rd (Lat: 42.706389 Lon: -88.493972), Overall height: 35.1 m, Call Sign: WNEU746
    Assigned Frequencies: 954.150 MHz, 954.550 MHzGrant Date: 01/10/2008, Expiration Date: 03/11/2018Registrant: 333 W. Everett St, Milwaukee, WI 53203, Phone: (414) 221-2081, Fax: (414) 221-3198, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (45%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Wood (5%)

Lafayette compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Lafayette on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Leather and allied products (population 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (population 5,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Computer and electronic products (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (population 5,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (population 5,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Repair and maintenance (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Plastics and rubber products (population 5,000+)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Metal workers and plastic workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Drugs, sundries, and chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Printing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Leather and allied products (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (population 5,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Used merchandise, gift, novelty, and souvenir, and other miscellaneous stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Computer and electronic products (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Gasoline stations (population 5,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Book stores and news dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Plastics and rubber products (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 (54729) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most alcohol drinking places in 2005"
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