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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Lafayette, Louisiana

A true Louisiana community with college spark, Lafayette is an appealing college town. It has a warm climate in winter, a high per capita ratio of restaurants, and a major university (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), which adds an academic sheen to this city.

Among its other draws is the prevalence of Creole and Cajun culture, as well as a wide variety of outdoor activities. Lafayette is referred to as the “Cajun Capital City” due to its location in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country in the south central section of the state. Lafayette is the seat of Lafayette Parish. It is one of the very few places in Louisiana to experience population growth since Hurricane’s Rita and Katrina (it absorbed many refugees after the storms). Current population is estimated at 115,000, with twice that number in the greater metro area. The town is in Vernon Parish.

Where to Retire in Lafayette and Home Prices

Active adults will find a wide range of housing in and around the Lafayette community. Your real estate dollar goes a lot farther than in most communities in the Sunbelt. You can live near the University (itself centered on Lake Cypress), downtown, in older neighborhoods, or in many planned active adult lifestyle and assisted living communities being built here. Smaller communities around Lafayette are also colorful and charming, such as Abbeville, New Iberia, Opelousas, and Marksville.

According to Zillow, the median home value was $216,231 in mid-2022, showing a steady increase in home prices during the last couple of years.

What Is Special about Lafayette

Lafayette is a University town (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) that offers inexpensive housing, Creole and Cajun charm, many great local communities, a strong local economy (oil and education), and many lakes and rivers. The 2nd biggest Mardi Gras in the south is held here, and the Cajun Field and Cajun Dome are located in Lafayette, home of the Ragin' Cajuns

What Is Not Special about Lafayette

The community has its poorer neighborhoods as well as its hot, humid summers. It is not a small town.

Climate and Physical Environment

Lafayette is located on the Vermillion River in south central Louisiana. Cypress Lake is on the campus of the U of Louisiana Lafayette. View Google Map for Lafayette

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Hillard University Art Museum; Gumbo U (South Louisiana Community College) has great classes available for seniors. The city is also home to the Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center, Heymann Center (performing arts), Cite Des Arts,Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium. Lafayette is the "Cajun Capital City" and has many Cajun restaurant choices.


The crime rate in Lafayette is well above the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are 7 hospitals and medical centers in Lafayette, including University Medical Center.


Lafayette  Regional Airport. has service to Houston, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Atlanta and Mephis. Lafayette Transit offers bus service. Grayhound bus service.  Amtrak connects to Orlando, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

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