Lafayette, LA
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Lafayette is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 126,143 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 noticeable about Lafayette, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Lafayette is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Lafayette a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The citizens of Lafayette are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.