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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Lafayette is a city in Louisiana with a population of 126,515. Lafayette is in Lafayette Parish and is one of the best places to live in Louisiana. Living in Lafayette offers residents a dense 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
126,515

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$190,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$874
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Lafayette Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    386.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    123.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    798.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,515.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    296.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Lafayette

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,182
National
$55,322
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Lafayette Reviews

316 reviews
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Public Schools - Many of the schools here are also catholic schools if that so happens to be up your alley.

Nightlife - It's okay. Downtown Lafayette is incredibly fun, but a little unsafe. Artwalks, movies, and more can be incredibly fun with the right bunch.

Healthy Living - Pretty average! Reds Gym is incredible and the Farmer's Market always has local food.

Commute time - Roads can get clogged easily.

Family Friendly - Despite the crime, Lafayette is a good, family-friendly area. Lots of generations of families, cheap cost of living, and lots of family activities.
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I’ve lived in Lafayette four years. I’m from a bigger city and moved here to immerse myself in the unique Cajun culture. I love the people here. Cajuns are some of the nicest people in the world! The positives of this city are the Cajuns and their food, music, dancing, and love for partying!

The negatives of this city are that the economy is too dependent on oil and gas and when that industry suffers, the whole city is in a recession. It creates a ripple effect through all other jobs in other industries where demand for services are down and unemployment goes up. Also, customer service in this city is a joke. When a business here promises you something, half the time they don’t honor their word and they do what they want regardless of what they agreed to.

Unfortunately, as nice as the people are here, this is still Louisiana so it’s not any better than any of the other cities in this backwards state.
I was born and raised in Lafayette. I enjoyed the cultural here. Lafayette is family oriented which makes it a blessing to raised my kids here. Family is important! Not to mention the food is amazing here. If I were to change anything it would be the safety for our kids. With all the human trafficking going on I would like to form a group of awareness in our area. Human trafficking is very prominent in our area and we must always be aware of our surroundings.