Lafayette, LA

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2022 Population
121,706
0.623% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.9
1.65% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
19.2%
1.4% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$58,850
6.36% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$234,900
12.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
58,081
1.21% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Lafayette, LA had a population of 122k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $58,850. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lafayette, LA declined from 122,469 to 121,706, a −0.623% decrease and its median household income grew from $55,329 to $58,850, a 6.36% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (59.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (29.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.51%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.8%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.37%).

None of the households in Lafayette, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.3% of the residents in Lafayette, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette, LA are University of Louisiana at Lafayette (3,420 degrees awarded in 2022), South Louisiana Community College (1,646 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette (397 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Lafayette, LA was $234,900, and the homeownership rate was 56.3%.

Most people in Lafayette, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette, LA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Lafayette, LA is home to a population of 122k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.75% of Lafayette, LA residents were born outside of the country (6.99k people).

In 2022, there were 2.05 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (72.4k people) in Lafayette, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.3%
2022 Citizenship
96.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.3% of Lafayette, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette, LA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    72.4k ± 1.67k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    35.4k ± 1.53k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.27k ± 731
5.22%
Hispanic Population
6.35k people

In 2022, there were 2.05 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (72.4k people) in Lafayette, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.27k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.22% of the people in Lafayette, LA are hispanic (6.35k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.75%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.99k people
5.5%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.74k people

As of 2022, 5.75% of Lafayette, LA residents (6.99k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafayette, LA was 5.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,985 ± 470
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,604 ± 406
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    802 ± 259

Lafayette, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lafayette, LA employs 58.1k people. The largest industries in Lafayette, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,282 people), Retail Trade (7,268 people), and Educational Services (6,508 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($107,500), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($96,875), and Finance & Insurance ($89,000).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

58.1k
2022 Value
± 2,319
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 5.67%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lafayette, LA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 58.8k employees to 58.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette, LA, are Sales & Related Occupations (8,447 people), Management Occupations (5,400 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,243 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

58.1k
2022 Value
± 2,319
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 5.67%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lafayette, LA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 58.8k employees to 58.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,282 people), Retail Trade (7,268 people), and Educational Services (6,508 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$53,816
Median earning men ± $4,082
$30,821
Median earning women ± $3,419

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($102,125), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($87,562), and Manufacturing ($75,150).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,326), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,826), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($59,821).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lafayette, LA awarded 6,369 degrees. The student population of Lafayette, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 8,845 male students and 13,548 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette, LA are White (3,660 and 58.4%), followed by Black or African American (1,692 and 27%), Hispanic or Latino (311 and 4.96%), and Unknown (262 and 4.18%).

The largest universities in Lafayette, LA by number of degrees awarded are University of Louisiana at Lafayette (3,420 and 53.7%), South Louisiana Community College (1,646 and 25.8%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette (397 and 6.23%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette, LA are General Studies (694 and 10.9%), General Business Administration & Management (497 and 7.8%), and Registered Nursing (486 and 7.63%).

The median tuition cost in Lafayette, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,407 for in-state students and $19,135 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Lafayette, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 32.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 22,393 (39.5% men and 60.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 22,393 students enrolled in Lafayette, LA, 39.5% men and 60.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 12,223 records, of which 58% were women and 42% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 137 degrees awarded
  2. 383 degrees awarded
  3. 297 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lafayette, LA was Physical Education Teaching & Coaching with 137 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lafayette, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,420 degrees awarded
  2. 1,646 degrees awarded
  3. 397 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Louisiana at Lafayette with 3,420 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,383 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafayette, LA, which is 0.598 times less than the 3,986 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,660 degrees mean that there were 2.16 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,692 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($22,861) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($4,975) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette, LA was $234,900 in 2022, which is 0.833 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $209,100 to $234,900, a 12.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette, LA is 56.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lafayette, LA have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lafayette, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lafayette, LA is $58,850. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Lafayette, LA was Census Tract 16 with a value of $113,477, followed by Census Tract 15 and Census Tract 17, with respective values of $95,725 and $80,307.

Property

$234,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,191
$28,957
Median Property Taxes
±$1,445

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lafayette, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

56.3%
Homeownership
2022
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 56.3% of the housing units in Lafayette, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 16
  2. Census Tract 15
  3. Census Tract 17

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette, LA was Census Tract 16 with a value of $113,477, followed by Census Tract 15 and Census Tract 17, with respective values of $95,725 and $80,307.

The following map shows all of the places in Lafayette, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$58,850
Median Household Income
± $2,699
51.5k
Number of Households
± 2,126

In 2022, the median household income of the 51.5k households in Lafayette, LA grew to $58,850 from the previous year's value of $55,329.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.36%)
  3. Carpooled (4.4%)

In 2022, 82.8% of workers in Lafayette, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.36%) and those who carpooled to work (4.4%).

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette, LA have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.99% of the workforce in Lafayette, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette, LA (22.6k out of 118k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette, LA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Lafayette, LA has health coverage, with 43% on employee plans, 22% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lafayette Parish, LA see 929 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.34% increase from the previous year (899 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1442 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 261 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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929 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lafayette Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in Lafayette Parish, LA see an average of 929 patients per year. This represents a 3.34% increase from the previous year (899 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lafayette Parish, LA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.7% under 18 years, 24.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.13%
Uninsured
43%
Employer Coverage
22%
Medicaid
12.6%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.72%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette, LA declined by 4.6% from 8.52% to 8.13%.

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