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Lafayette, LA

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About Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, LA is located in Lafayette County in the state of Louisiana.

The total City Population for Lafayette is about 122,469 with about 875 people per square mile, and the larger Metro Area Population is about 254,286.

The Average Home Value is $207,845, which is roughly 39% higher than the Average Home Value of $125,814 for the state of Louisiana, and roughly 9% higher than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $55,329, which is roughly 20% higher than the Average Median Income Per Household of $44,453 for the state of Louisiana, and roughly 4% lower higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Lafayette Population 122,469
Average Home Value $207,845
Median Household Income $55,329
Median Age 36.3
Unemployment Rate 5.8%
Politics 63.32% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 0.87
Male Population Estimate: 48.3%
Female Population Estimate: 51.7%
Median Age: 36.3
Male Median Age: 11.4
Female Median Age: 12.5

Racial Demographic Estimates



Lafayette County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Bill Cassidy
U.S. Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
John Kennedy
U.S. Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
John Bel Edwards
State governor
John Bel Edwards
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 63.32%
Democratic: 34.65%
Libertarian: 1.32%
Other: 0.7%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Lafayette specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Lafayette County: About 7.80858 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Lafayette County: About 506.467 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Lafayette County is about 49% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 43% higher than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Lafayette is about 5.8%.

Louisiana is ranked #42 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 24.35 out of 100.

42nd out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 8.8

The average living wage for the state of Louisiana is $32.16/hr, while the states minimum wage is $7.25/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Louisiana a minimum wage score of 3.6 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13/hr, which gives Louisiana a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 8.97 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Louisiana is $182.09, resulting in a UI benefit score of 25.32 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Louisiana does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
X Louisiana does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Louisiana does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Louisiana does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Louisiana does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Louisiana does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Louisiana does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Louisiana does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Louisiana does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Louisiana does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Louisiana does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Louisiana does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Louisiana does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Louisiana does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Louisiana does not have a "right-to-work" law.
X Louisiana does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Louisiana does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Louisiana does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Louisiana does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
X Louisiana does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 70501, 70502, 70503, 70504, 70505, 70506, 70507, 70508, 70509, 70593, 70596, 70598 (12 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 30.208200
Longitude: -92.032500
TimeZone: Central (GMT -06:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: South
Average Elevation: 35.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 337