What you need to know about Lafayette, LA

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."

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Homes Owned 55.45%
55.45% Complete
Homes Rented 44.55%
44.55% Complete

Real Estate

In Lafayette, Louisiana

Ready to move to Lafayette? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Lafayette.

Median Home Price

Higher than the state average


In Lafayette, Louisiana

The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Lafayette rates.

Median Household Income

Lower than the national average


In Lafayette, Louisiana

Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Lafayette.


Most residents are
5-17 Years old


In Lafayette, Louisiana

Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Lafayette.


Bachelor’s Degree 33%
33% Complete
Graduated High School 86%
86% Complete

Lafayette, LA's Livability Rankings

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