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Lafayette is a city in Nicollet Countymarker, Minnesotamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 530 at the 2000 census. It is a small farming community just outside of the larger town of New Ulmmarker, Minnesotamarker.

Lafayette is part of the MankatomarkerNorth Mankatomarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lafayette is a farming community home to such farming legends as Paul Martens, Paul Guggisberg, Clarence Maidl and Jon Thoreson. Lafayette leads the nation in hog production thanks to Evergreen farms, run by Mr. Tom Hayes and family. It also leads the nation in Dairy production thanks to Wallace-Hill farms run by Mr. and Mrs. Tim Johnson. Lafayette is also known for the beef operation run by Henry Thoreson which is said to have "revolutionized" beef production today.

Lafayette is also the home of the United Farmer's Coop, who employs such specialists as livestock specialist Kim Hague, Grain Bin specialist Mark Kral and Employee of the Decade Sheri Lebrun

Lafayette is known for its local bar Dave's Place and the local C-Store gas station where many farming legends meet for breakfast on occasional mornings.

Located in the town are the fields which are home to the legendary Lafayette Bi-County team and the Nicollet County West Teams. The fields consist of stadium seating, a full playground and have been known to double as wading pools for the local youngsters after a quarter inch of rain. The Lafayette Bi-County Team has been coached by baseball legends Curt Thoreson, David Warmbold and Andy Reed

Its biggest claims to fame is that it was the childhood home of Tippi Hedren, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Anna Hayes, the 2009 New Ulm Cathedral Homecoming Queen. In Hedron's book Cats of Shambala, she wrote that she was born in New Ulm, as Lafayette didn't have a hospital.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land. The South Branch Rush River starts near Lafayette.

Minnesota State Highway 15 serves as a main route in the community.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 529 people, 202 households, and 137 families residing in the city. The population density was 458.4 people per square mile (177.6/km²). There were 206 housing units at an average density of 178.5/sq mi (69.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.24% White, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 202 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,719, and the median income for a family was $43,611. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,347. About 3.1% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

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