Lafayette, LA: What you need to know

The fourth largest city in the state, Lafayette is considered the heart of Cajun and Creole culture in Louisiana. Attractions for residents and visitors include multiple shopping and dining options, while quality healthcare facilities and affordable housing options make the city a great place to live. Lafayette's food scene in particular is renowned, which helped it rank as one our 10 Best Foodie Cities in the US. The city hosts a number of community-based annual events such as the Festival International de Louisiane, the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival, and, of course, Mardi Gras. All of it goes into making Lafayette "The Happiest City in America."

Lafayette, LA City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 124,982
Median Age 33
Median Household Income $46,517
Median Home Price $173,900
Walkscore 39

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This southwestern Louisiana town is a hub of rich history and spicy food

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Lafayette, LA Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 48.9%
  Female 51.1%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 174
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Median Population

Median Age 33.4%
Age 18 Over 78.1%
Age 21 Over 72.3%
Age 62 Over 15.2%
Age 65 Over 12.1%


  Ethnicity White 64.3%
  Ethnicity Black 31%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.9%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 5%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 0.6%


  Median Household Income $46,517
  Median Home Price $173,900
  Homes Owned 45.2%
  Homes Rent 54.8%
  Median Property Rent $800


  English Only 86.8%
  English Other 13.2%

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Commute Types

  Walked 2.3%
  Worked at Home 2.7%
  Public Transportation 0.8%
  Other Means 2.2%
  Drove Alone 81.3%
  Carpooled 10.7%

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