A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$800
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Lafayette Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    398
    273
  • Murder
    15
    6
  • Rape
    15
    41
  • Robbery
    131
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    797
    525
  • Theft
    4,191
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    317
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,517
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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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!
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Lafayette is jam packed with culture! There is food here for people of all ethnicities to enjoy! You'll never have a weekend off with all the Festivals that go on around here, where you can also meet travelevers from all over the world enjoying the fun atmosphere. The University is one of the best in the country, with fields such as Engineering, Biology, and Nursing leading at an international level. If you're not into the food, friends, festivals, or school, Lafayette is still a small city for the introvert at heart. It truly is the place to come for happiness!
I love the diverse culture. You will find a little bit of everything here in Lafayette. There are hundreds (literally) of places to eat as well! The Cajun cuisine is amazing. The farmer's market at Moncus Park (locals call it the horse farm) has so much to offer. The local (and nationally known) music festival Festival de Lousianne or Festival International is the best time of the year. The downtown area turns into a dancing fest filled with welcoming people. Lafayette is a place I proudly call home.