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Lafayette, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lafayette is the 5th largest city in Louisiana with a population of 132,333 as of July 1, 2020. 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 30.2241 and longitude -92.0198 in Lafayette Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Lafayette 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.


Lafayette, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 132,333 (100%)
Population in Households 127,695 (96.5%)
Population in Families 91,977 (69.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 4,638 ( 3.5%)
Population Density 2,385
Diversity Index2 57


Median Household Income $50,802
Average Household Income $72,413
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $29,838
Wealth Index5 73


Total HU (Housing Units) 59,337 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,802 (50.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 24,444 (41.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,091 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $194,087
Average Home Value $255,859
Housing Affordability Index3 160


Total Households 54,246
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 30,048
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.7% 0.79%
Households 0.69% 0.8%
Families 0.23% 0.52%
Median Household Income   0.53%
Per Capita Income   1.28%
Owner Occupied HU   0.65%


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, 2020 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 # 34 93rd
Median Household Income # 139 71st
Housing Affordability Index # 89 19th
Per Capita Income # 80 83rd
Diversity Index # 79 84th

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