Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2019

126,143

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 126,143 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 initially 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 born. The city name remained as Verminionville because an area already took the name Lafayette 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 Population andn Economy Statistics

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.

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 essential 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 community 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.

Lafayette, Louisiana's estimated population is 126,143 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Lafayette, Louisiana is the 4th largest city in Louisiana based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2285.70 people/mi² (882.51 people/km²).

The overall median age is 34.7 years, 33.9 years for males, and 35.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 55,440 households in the city, with an average size of 2.46 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%, with a median rent of $853/month. The median house has 5.1 rooms, and has a value of $181,900.

The median income for households in Lafayette, Louisiana is $48,533, while the mean household income is $74,381.

Lafayette Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lafayette was:

  • White: 63.46%
  • Black or African American: 31.73%
  • Asian: 2.05%
  • Two or more races: 1.91%
  • Other race: 0.63%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%

How Many People Live in Lafayette, Louisiana?

126,143
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018126,143-222-0.18%
2017126,365-791-0.62%
2016127,1562810.22%
2015126,8758750.69%
2014126,0001,1600.93%
2013124,8401,2811.04%
2012123,5599130.74%
2011122,6468120.67%
2010121,83411,5771.00%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018489,364-743-0.15%
2017490,107-834-0.17%
2016490,9411,4040.29%
2015489,5374,6350.95%
2014484,9025,1031.05%
2013479,7995,6131.17%
2012474,1863,3010.70%
2011470,8853,2650.69%
2010467,6200.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White80,26063.46%
Black or African American40,12631.73%
Asian2,5962.05%
Two or More Races2,4101.91%
Some Other Race7950.63%
American Indian and Alaska Native2890.23%

Lafayette Population Pyramid 2019

Lafayette Median Age

34.7


Total

33.9


Male

35.6


Female

Lafayette Adults

There are 99,613 adults, (16,549 of whom are seniors) in Lafayette.

Lafayette Age Dependency

52.3

Age Dependency Ratio

19.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female

64,491

50.99%

Male

61,985

49.01%

Lafayette Households and Families

Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lafayette Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81%19%
All55.4%44.6%
Male47.9%52.1%
Non Family40.8%59.2%
Female35.7%64.3%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All49,6792.4655.4
Non Family21,6211.3940.8
Married18,5673.0881
Female7,3093.7635.7
Male2,1823.4247.9

3.19

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lafayette Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,3123.99%
9th to 12th Grade7,7199.29%
High School Graduate21,00425.28%
Some College17,38220.92%
Associates Degree3,7424.50%
Bachelors Degree20,00024.07%
Graduate Degree9,92611.95%

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White54,27551,05024,903
Black23,27017,1223,282
Hispanic3,0091,563681
Asian1,6751,487741
Multiple Races808714256
Other Race49435483
Native American266236114

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.06%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.88%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,397$45,150$29,659
Less Than High School$16,726$20,518$12,387
High School Grad$26,609$31,029$22,055
Some College$31,941$41,653$25,339
Bachelors Degree$48,689$62,890$41,729
Graduate Degree$60,276$79,688$46,689

$35,397

Average Earnings

$45,150

Average Male

$29,659

Average Female

Lafayette Language

Lafayette Language by Age

Lafayette Language

88.97% of Lafayette residents speak only English, while 11.03% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.94% of the population.

Lafayette Poverty

Lafayette Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black38,40712,38332.24%
White74,0998,52711.51%
Hispanic4,9571,46529.55%
Multiple2,23664428.80%
Asian2,49544117.68%
Other74912516.69%
Native2483413.71%

19.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.31%

Male Poverty Rate

20.85%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Black, with 32.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is White, with 11.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.44%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.64%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.81%
High School17.63%
Some College12.87%
Bachelors or Greater4.46%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.87%
Male Unemployed26.47%
Female Employed14.17%
Male Employed8.35%

Lafayette Income

Lafayette Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,533$74,381
Families$67,108$95,756
Married Families$93,266$121,430
Non Families$30,847$43,923

Lafayette Marital Status

Lafayette Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.3%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Lafayette Marital Status by Race

Lafayette Veterans

6,236

Number of Veterans

5,690

Male Veterans

546

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,382
Second Gulf War1,205
First Gulf War1,170
Korea559
World War II208
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,713
75+1,363
35 to 541,305
55 to 641,125
18 to 34730

Lafayette Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,8407.29%
Black1,2494.30%
2 or More766.60%
Hispanic691.86%
Asian462.23%
Indian144.96%
Other111.69%

Lafayette Veterans by Education

9.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.53%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lafayette Employment Status

65.7%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

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

78.26%

Born in Louisiana

95.09%

Native Born

4.91%

Foreign Born

3.27%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.09% of Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 78.26% having been born in Louisiana. 3.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.