Lafayette 72 Excellent
Lafayette Livability #142 ranked city in Louisiana#10,554 ranked city in the USARanks better than 63% of areas
A+ Lafayette Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Lafayette Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Louisiana
955% less expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lafayette cost of living
F Lafayette Crime Total crime is 35% higher than Louisiana
Total crime
5,14499% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2099% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Lafayette crime
C- Lafayette Employment Household income is 5% higher than Louisiana
Median household income
$47,94013% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,4082% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%25% lower than the US average
Lafayette employment
F Lafayette Housing Home value is 19% higher than Louisiana
Median home value
$177,1004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82413% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Lafayette real estate or Lafayette rentals
A- Lafayette Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Louisiana
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
66%34% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:114% lower than the US average
Lafayette K-12 schools
B Lafayette User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in Lafayette
Overall user rating
71% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
64% 6 total surveys
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Living in Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, Louisiana is a moderately-sized city with a population of 125,808 people. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Lafayette is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 21 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Lafayette, Louisiana could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Lafayette and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, education, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 73 out of 100, Lafayette is ranked #6,814 in the United States and #145 in Louisiana. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Lafayette ranks well for amenities (A+), weather (B+) and education (A-). There are some categories that Lafayette scores poorly for, including: crime (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Lafayette on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Vermilionville, Acadian Village, and Acadian Cultural Center.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Lafayette have a test score average of 66%, which is well above the US average.

Assuming that Lafayette meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lafayette. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lafayette are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Lafayette come in at $177,100, which is 19.4% higher than the Louisiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lafayette, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 12.1% higher than the Louisiana average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lafayette area were -0.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Source: The Lafayette, LA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).