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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
    A-
  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
$177,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$824
National
$949
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
    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

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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Lafayette Reviews

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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 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!
Lafayette, LA is true southern living. We are in the heart of Cajun Country and surround by even more beautiful areas to experience Louisiana for what it is, amazing! Southern hospitality is at its finest, the food is amazing, the people are extremely friendly!