Lafayette, LA Population

By | June 17, 2019

Lafayette is located at 185km west of New Orleans. It is situated on the Vermilion River, is the center and de facto capital of Cajun Country – the area settled by French Acadians in the 1700s. Points of interest include Evangeline Downs Thoroughbred racetrack; Acadian Village, a folklife museum with restored buildings from the 19th century; and the Lafayette Museum.

The National Park Service has developed an Acadian Cultural Center next to Vermilionville, one of three centers that are part of Jean Lafitte National Park. It includes a theater that screens an interesting film chronicling the history of the early Acadians. Like most of Louisiana, Lafayette and the Cajun Prairie region have their share of celebrations. Courir du Mardi Gras (“Running of the Mardi Gras”) is a tradition celebrated in smaller towns.

Population: 110,257. Estimated population in July 2020: 112,030 (+1.6% change)
Males: 53,158 (48.2%), Females: 57,099 (51.8%)

Lafayette County

Zip codes: 70501, 70503, 70506, 70507, 70508.

Median resident age: 33.1 years
Median household income: $35,996
Median house value: $103,700

Races in Lafayette:

  • White Non-Hispanic (67.1%)
  • Black (28.5%)
  • Hispanic (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Other race (0.6%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)

Ancestries: French (16.9%), United States (8.9%), French Canadian (8.4%), German (7.1%), Irish (6.1%), English (6.0%).

Elevation: 41 feet

Land area: 47.6 square miles

Map of Lafayette, LA

Population

For population 25 years and over in Lafayette

  • High school or higher: 81.7%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 31.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.8%
  • Unemployed: 8.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lafayette city

  • Never married: 32.1%
  • Now married: 49.0%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

3.2% Foreign born (1.5% Asia, 0.7% Latin America, 0.6% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +7,451 (+7.2%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Lafayette:

  • COMMUNITY REHABILITATION OF LAFAYETTE (811 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE)
  • LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER (1214 COOLIDGE AVENUE)
  • MEADOWBROOK REHABILITATION HOSPITAL (204 ENERGY PARKWAY)
  • MEDICAL CENTER OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (2810 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY PARKWAY)
  • OASIS REHABILITATION HOSPITAL OF LAFAY (2707 KALISTER SALOOM)
  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES REG MED CENTER (611 ST LANDRY STREET)
  • REHABILITATION HOSP OF ACADIANA (310 YOUNGSVILLE HIGHWAY)
  • UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (2390 WEST CONGRESS)
  • VERMILION HOSPITAL (2520 N UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (4600 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY PKWY)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lafayette:

  • LAFAYETTE REGIONAL (about 4 miles; LAFAYETTE, LA; Abbreviation: LFT)
  • ACADIANA REGIONAL (about 17 miles; NEW IBERIA, LA; Abbreviation: ARA)
  • BATON ROUGE METROPOLITAN, RYAN FIELD (about 66 miles; BATON ROUGE, LA; Abbreviation: BTR)

Other public-use airports nearest to Lafayette:

  • BORDELON AIRPARK (about 13 miles; BREAUX BRIDGE, LA; Abbreviation: L28)
  • KIBS AIR PARK (about 13 miles; BRISTOL, LA; Abbreviation: L89)
  • ABBEVILLE CHRIS CRUSTA MEMORIAL (about 18 miles; ABBEVILLE, LA; Abbreviation: 0R3)
Amtrak station:
LAFAYETTE (133 E. GRANT ST.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Lafayette:

  • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE (Full-time enrollment: 13,673; Location: 104 UNIVERSITY CIR; Public; Website: www.louisiana.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • EDUCATION AMERICA-REMINGTON COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 472; Location: 303 RUE LOUIS XIV; Private, for-profit; Website: educationamerica.com)
  • LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE-LAFAYETTE CAMPUS (Full-time enrollment: 296; Location: 1101 BERTRAND DR; Public; Website: www.lafayette.tec.la.us)
  • COSMETOLOGY TRAINING CENTER (Full-time enrollment: 83; Location: 2516 JOHNSTON STREET; Private, for-profit)
  • LOCKWORKS ACADEMIE OF HAIRDRESSING (Full-time enrollment: 79; Location: 2922 JOHNSTON ST; Private, for-profit)
  • RONNIE & DORMANS SCHOOL OF HAIR DESIGN (Full-time enrollment: 20; Location: 2002 JOHNSTON ST; Private, for-profit)
  • SOUTHWEST PARALEGAL COLLEGE (Location: 117 CAILLOVET PL; Private, for-profit)
  • HURST EDUCATION CENTER (Location: 351 MOSS ST; Private, for-profit)
  • UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (Location: 2390 W CONGRESS ST; Public)
  • LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER SCH OF HEALTH SCI (Location: 443 HEYMANN BLVD ANNEX B; Private, not-for-profit; Website: WWW.LAFAYETTEGENERAL.COM)
  • CAREERS INC (Location: 209 ARABIAN DR; Private, for-profit)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Lafayette:

  • LOUISIANA STATE UNIV & AG & MECH & HEBERT LAWS CTR (about 60 miles; BATON ROUGE, LA; Full-time enrollment: 28,696)
  • SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AND A & M COLLEGE (about 62 miles; BATON ROUGE, LA; Full-time enrollment: 8,399)
  • NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY (about 89 miles; THIBODAUX, LA; Full-time enrollment: 6,244)
  • MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 90 miles; LAKE CHARLES, LA; Full-time enrollment: 6,460)
  • SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY (about 110 miles; HAMMOND, LA; Full-time enrollment: 12,549)
  • NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA (about 128 miles; NATCHITOCHES, LA; Full-time enrollment: 7,710)
  • ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 129 miles; ALCORN STATE, MS; Full-time enrollment: 2,594)

Schools

Public high schools in Lafayette:

  • LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,060; Location: 3000 WEST CONGRESS STREET; Grades: 07 – 12)
  • O. COMEAUX HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,859; Location: 100 WEST BLUEBIRD DRIVE; Grades: 07 – 12)
  • ACADIANA HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,853; Location: 315 RUE DU BELIER; Grades: 07 – 12)
  • NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,036; Location: 301 DUNAND STREET; Grades: 07 – 12)
  • LAFAYETTE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 88; Location: 516 EAST PINHOOK STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high schools in Lafayette:

  • WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 1,022; Location: 105 PATRIOT; Grades: PK – 12)
  • ST THOMAS MORE (Students: 993; Location: 450 E FARREL ROAD; Grades: 9 – 12)
  • TEURLINGS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 673; Location: 139 TEURLINGS DRIVE; Grades: 7 – 12)
  • LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 304; Location: 223 STONE AVENUE; Grades: PK – 12)
  • ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN SCH (Students: 186; Location: 605 SO COLLEGE RD; Grades: KG – 12)
  • ACADIANA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 32; Location: 105 HUMMINGBIRD LANE; Grades: PK – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Lafayette:

  • CARENCRO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,435; Location: 721 WEST BUTCHER SWITCH ROAD; Grades: 06 – 12)
  • L.J. ALLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 850; Location: 600 ROSELAWN BOULEVARD; Grades: 04 – 08)
  • PAUL BREAUX MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 831; Location: 1400 SOUTH ORANGE STREET; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • OSSUN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 809; Location: 400 RUE SCHOLASTIQUE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 804; Location: 2910 AMBASSADOR CAFFERY PKWY; Grades: PK – 05)
  • EDGAR MARTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 773; Location: 401 BROADMOOR BOULEVARD; Grades: 04 – 08)
  • LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 755; Location: 3020 NORTH UNIVERSITY AVENUE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • N. P. MOSS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 739; Location: 805 TEURLINGS DRIVE; Grades: 04 – 08)
  • EVANGELINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 666; Location: 610 EAST BUTCHER SWITCH ROAD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • BROADMOOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 651; Location: 609 BROADMOOR BOULEVARD; Grades: KG – 04)

Biggest private primary/middle schools in Lafayette:

  • OUR LADY OF FATIMA SCHOOL (Students: 964; Location: 2315 JOHNSTON ST.; Grades: PK – 8)
  • CATHEDRAL CARMEL SCHOOL (Students: 813; Location: 848 ST JOHN; Grades: PK – 8)
  • STS LEO-SETON ELEM SCHOOL (Students: 546; Location: 502 ST LEO STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ASCENSION DAY SCHOOL (Students: 420; Location: 1030 JOHNSTON ST; Grades: PK – 6)
  • ST GENEVIEVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 400; Location: 201 ELIZABETH STREET; Grades: PK – 6)
  • IMMACULATE HEART MARY SCHOOL (Students: 213; Location: 800 12TH STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • FIRST BAPTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 207; Location: 201 WEST CONVENT; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST PIUS ELEMENTARY (Students: 196; Location: 201 E BAYOU PKY; Grades: KG – 2)
  • FISHER EARLY CHILDHOOD DEV CTR (Students: 124; Location: 230 RIDGE RD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 116; Location: 200 ST. JOHNS; Grades: PK – 5)

Libraries

Library in Lafayette:

  • LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $3,413,060; Location: 301 WEST CONGRESS STREET; 304,312 books; 11,455 audio materials; 15,813 video materials; 491 serial subscriptions)