Lafayette, LA
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Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 127,657 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Lafayette is the fifth largest community in Louisiana.

Lafayette real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Lafayette house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Lafayette is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lafayette is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lafayette who work in office and administrative support (12.04%), sales jobs (11.85%), and food service (9.80%).

The population of Lafayette is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.09% of adults in Lafayette have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $29,844, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,376 for a family of four. However, Lafayette contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lafayette is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lafayette home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lafayette residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Lafayette include German, English, Irish, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.