Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 126,848 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lafayette is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 sales jobs (12.67%), office and administrative support (11.96%), and food service (9.70%).
One thing that you will notice about Lafayette is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Lafayette a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
The education level of Lafayette citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.02% of adults in Lafayette have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lafayette in 2010 was $30,988, which is wealthy relative to Louisiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,952 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 French, German, English, Irish, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Lafayette is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.