Lafayette, LA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lafayette, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lafayette is the 5th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 128,853 as of July 1, 2016. Lafayette ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lafayette is located at latitude 30.2116 and longitude -92.0314 in Lafayette Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Lafayette (see map below) encompass a land area of 51.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.1 sq. miles. Lafayette Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Lafayette (GNIS ID: 2404854) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "B" whic identifies an active government that is partially consolidated with another government but with separate officials providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Lafayette is located within Parish Governing Authority District D, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lafayette Parish.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lafayette population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lafayette: La Fayette, Little Manchac, Pinhool, Vermilion, Vermilionville, Vermillion Bridge, Vermillionville, Village of Saint Jean Au Vermilion.

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Lafayette, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 128,853
Population in Households 124,226
Population in Familes 90,158
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,627
Population Density1 2,502
Diversity Index2 56


Total Households 53,118
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 29,753
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 57,399 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 26,253 (45.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 26,865 (46.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,281 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $186,507
Average Home Value $234,463


Median Household Income $47,211
Average Household Income $73,383
Per Capita Income $31,218
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.94% 1.28%
Households 1.02% 1.34%
Families 0.45% 1.06%
Median Household Income   2.01%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lafayette, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lafayette to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 31 94th
Diversity Index2 # 83 83rd
Median Household Income # 143 70th
Per Capita Income # 38 92nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Louisiana Census Data Comparison Tool.