Lafayette, LA Profile: Facts & Data


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Lafayette, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lafayette is the 5th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 132,747 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 132,747
Population in Households 128,105
Population in Familes 93,103
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,642
Population Density2 2,578
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $47,994
Average Household Income $75,084
Per Capita Income $31,771


Total Housing Units 58,526 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,872 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,659 (42.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,995 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $192,605
Average Home Value $242,262


Total Households 54,531
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 30,291
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.08% 1.15%
Households 1.09% 1.17%
Families 0.56% 0.87%
Median Household Income   1.08%
Per Capita Income   1.48%

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, 2018 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 Density # 29 94th
Diversity Index # 77 84th
Median Household Income # 135 72nd
Per Capita Income # 41 92nd

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