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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Lafayette is a city in Louisiana with a population of 125,808. Lafayette is in Lafayette Parish and is one of the best places to live in Louisiana. Living in Lafayette offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lafayette there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lafayette and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Lafayette are above average.
About Lafayette...
Population
125,808

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$824
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Lafayette Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    359
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    15
    41
  • Robbery
    115
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    795
    500
  • Theft
    3,888
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    294
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,940
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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I born and raised in Lafayette, LA. It has been a great city to grow up in. It is the friendliest city in the USA. We have many festivals throughout the year. My favorite is Mardi Gras! I guess that's because I was born on Mardi Gras day.
I graduated from the University of Lafayette and I am proud to be a Ragin Cajun!
I recently went to New York for a graduate school interview and I could not wait to get back to Lafayette because I realized how lucky I was to be from this great city.
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Lafayette is the celebration station of Louisiana: we celebrate a long workweek with vibrant and lively or just laid back night clubs and bars. We celebrate Mardi Gras with more parades than you can count. We celebrate the summer with the Cajun Heartland State Fair. Don't get me started on sports...But every city has its issues. For one, Lafayette's traffic is harsh and is only being exacerbated by the increasing popularity of ULL. Needs better roads! Also, Lafayette is developing a lot of "generic chain establishments", making it look like every other "college city". The city is losing its flair on the day-to-day; I think instead of building so many chain shops and restaurants, that money should've been spent on developing the HECK out of the downtown area because I'm not at all impressed with Lafayette's "daytime downtown" amenities. To end with a good note, it's a GREAT place to raise a family!
Lafayette is a cultural experience one must experience at least once in his/her life! With food flavored beyond belief, Mardi Gras celebrations wild for adults and students yet simultaneously tame for children, it is quite incredible. Words can only do so much for this city. Come visit and experience this for yourself!