Somewhere New Logo
 

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
126,515
Lafayette Population7
$
41,831
Median Income6
4.8
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Lafayette's aged 15- to 19-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 16%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

35.1
Median Age7
6.5
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Lafayette residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 0.4% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 5.4%

Race

58.8
%
Louisiana Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Lafayette has very high humidity, heavy rainfall, and few cold days, which is partially due to being situated near sea level. The average humidity is 74%, the annual rainfall is 61 inches, and the temperature drops to 32°F or below only 20 days per year

Weather

31
%
Chance of Rain11
67
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature38

 

Housing

The average home value in Lafayette increased by 3% since 2010 which is 40% lower than the national average and 11% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,150
Monthly Average12
44
%
Renters39

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Lafayette is a low tax location with income tax 26% lower than the national average and property tax 52% lower than the national average, but sales tax 23% higher than the national average.

Other

0.53
%
Property Tax21
8.45
%
Sales Tax19
0.1
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)40

 

Employment

Lafayette has a high employment rate of 95% which is 2% higher than the national average. The largest employers are LHC Group and Acadian Ambulance

Income

23.6
%
<$25,0006
14.3
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Lafayette is strongly conservative and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results42

Representatives

Mayor28 Josh Guillory
Republican
House of Representative28 Clay Higgins
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Park Place Surgical Hospital, is 6.9 miles from the center of Lafayette, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Alexandria VA Health Care System, is 73.7 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Ochsner Medical Center, is 111.1 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Louisiana, 52.3% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, but gun ownership has marginally increased from 2000 when 50.5% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#65 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#38 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche32
#85 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche33
#96 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report34
 

Sources

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42