Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2018

Lafayette is a city located in the state of Louisiana. It is located in the southwestern region of the state and is the principal city of the Lafayette Metropolitan area. The city has the fourth highest population in Louisiana, with recent estimates showing that 129,626 people reside within this city.

Lafayette History

The area that is now Lafayette was originally inhabited by Atakapa Indians. The area at the time was known as the Atakapa and Opelousas districts. Things began to change with the arrival of the Europeans in the 1760s. Acadians were also being settled in the area.

In the early 1800s, the area was split into St. Martin and St. Mary parishes. Lafayette was planned in 1821 and was originally called St. Jean du Vermilionville, which was shortened to simply Vermilionville. A charter in 1836 outlined the boundaries of the village, although these borders were expanded in 1869.

In 1823, the St. Martin parish was divided and the Lafayette parish was created. The city name remained as Verminionville because the name Lafayette was already taken by an area outside of New Orleans. The suburb was later incorporated by New Orleans, which is when Vermilionville’s name was changed.

Agriculture was a primary driver of the economy during the city’s earliest days, but petroleum and national gas industries grew in importance during the 1940s.

Today, the city’s economy revolves around manufacturing and fabrication. In recent years, the IT industry has also grown significantly. The city is also very culturally diverse and is considered to be the center of Cajun and Creole culture.

Lafayette Demographics

The city of Lafayette has a population of over 129,000 people. The last recorded population was 120,623, which was taken during the 2010 census. The city has an area of almost 54 square miles and a population density of over 2,371 people per square mile.

Over 68% of the city’s population is White, over 28% is black, over 1% is Asian and almost 8% are Hispanic or Latino. About 11.5% of the population speaks French or Creole French, while over 84% speak English.

The largest age group is 25 to 44, which makes up 29.5% of the total population. Over one-quarter of the population is under 18, while 11.2% are at least 65 years old. There are more females than males, with 93.1 men for every 100 women. Approximately 11.6% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Manufacturing and fabrication are important industries in Lafayette, with employers including Frank’s Casing Crew and CIS Hammers. There is also a thriving IT community which includes businesses such as the Center for Business and Information Technologies and CGI.

Lafayette Population Growth

Lafayette’s population has only gone up since the census taken in 1860. A population that was under 500 people in 1860 had grown to over 14,000 by 1930. The population only continued to grow larger, reaching 40,000 in 1960 and nearing 70,000 at the time of the next census. In 2000, the city had over 100,000 residents. This number has since gone up considerably. Recent estimates show that the population has grown by almost 6% since the 2010 census. Based on this data, it seems as though this Louisiana city is quickly on its way to a population of 150,000.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017126,848-581-0.46%
2016127,4293610.28%
2015127,0689760.77%
2014126,0921,2551.01%
2013124,8371,3011.05%
2012123,5361,0110.83%
2011122,5257550.62%
2010121,77011,5131.00%
2000110,25715,8171.56%
199094,44013,8561.60%
198080,58411,6761.58%
197068,90828,5085.48%
196040,4006,8591.88%
195033,54114,3315.73%
194019,2104,5752.76%
193014,6356,7806.42%
19207,8551,4632.08%
19106,3923,0786.79%
19003,314-10,876-2.87%
185014,19010,98316.03%
18403,2070.00%

Lafayette Population in 2018Source: By Mc361210 at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White81,130
Black or African American38,505
Two or More Races2,659
Asian2,433
Some Other Race797
American Indian and Alaska Native280
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Lafayette Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Lafayette Median Age

34


Total

32.7


Male

35.2


Female

Lafayette Adults

There are 98,633 adults, (15,600 of which are seniors) in Lafayette.

Lafayette Age Dependency

51.6

Age Dependency Ratio

18.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female

64,262

51.08%

Male

61,546

48.92%

Lafayette Households and Families

Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lafayette Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82%18%
All55.4%44.6%
Male47.4%52.6%
Non Family40.7%59.3%
Female33.3%66.7%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lafayette Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All49,4442.4655.4
Non Family21,2551.3940.7
Married18,5383.1182
Female7,4373.6333.3
Male2,2143.2547.4

3.18

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lafayette Households

Lafayette Education

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,2023.92%
9th to 12th Grade8,1559.99%
High School Graduate19,85224.33%
Some College17,67521.66%
Associates Degree3,8044.66%
Bachelors Degree19,48423.88%
Graduate Degree9,42011.55%

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White53,72150,02724,103
Black22,03916,1333,029
Hispanic3,2761,896744
Asian1,5411,335657
Multiple Races934726279
Other Race56837297
Native American262223125

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.12%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 47.71%.

Lafayette Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,190$45,043$27,946
Less Than High School$16,248$18,838$13,169
High School Grad$26,446$34,755$21,153
Some College$31,110$40,978$25,217
Bachelors Degree$48,025$61,399$41,953
Graduate Degree$60,714$86,481$47,935

$35,190

Average Earnings

$45,043

Average Male

$27,946

Average Female

Lafayette Language

Lafayette Language by Age

Lafayette Language

87.66% of Lafayette residents speak only English, while 12.34% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is OtherIndoEuro, which is spoken by 6.42% of the population.

Lafayette Poverty

Lafayette Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black36,82812,01632.63%
White74,3058,58211.55%
Hispanic5,7661,54626.81%
Multiple2,47756222.69%
Asian2,29440817.79%
Other73119726.95%
Native2483112.50%

19.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.60%

Male Poverty Rate

21.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Black, with 32.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is White, with 11.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.85%.

Lafayette Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.62%
High School16.81%
Some College11.70%
Bachelors or Greater5.02%

Lafayette Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed51.46%
Male Unemployed30.04%
Female Employed14.41%
Male Employed8.22%

Lafayette Income

Lafayette Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$47,940$73,125
Families$65,999$93,966
Married Families$91,260$119,995
Non Families$30,317$43,339

Lafayette Marital Status

Lafayette Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.2%

Male Marriage Rate

36.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Lafayette Married by Age and Sex

Lafayette Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Lafayette Marital Status by Race

Lafayette Veterans

Lafayette Veterans by War

6,515

Number of Veterans

6,064

Male Veterans

451

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,351
Second Gulf War1,268
First Gulf War1,204
Korea503
World War II307

Lafayette Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 741,542
75+1,376
35 to 541,365
55 to 641,266
18 to 34966

Lafayette Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,1647.76%
Black1,2454.48%
Hispanic1754.21%
2 or More675.55%
Asian301.54%
Other91.33%

Lafayette Veterans by Education

9.61%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lafayette Employment Status

Lafayette Employment by Age

66.7%

Labor Force Participation

63.1%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Lafayette Employment by Race

Lafayette Employment by Education

Lafayette Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

78.05%

Born in Louisiana

95.06%

Native Born

4.94%

Foreign Born

3.28%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.06% of Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 78.05% having been born in Louisiana. 3.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.