Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2022

121,524
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Lafayette is a city located in Lafayette Parish Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 121,524, it is the 5th largest city in Louisiana and the 248th largest city in the United States. Lafayette is currently growing at a rate of 0.06% annually but its population has decreased by -4.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 126,674 in 2020. Spanning over 56 miles, Lafayette has a population density of 2,190 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lafayette is $78,055 with a poverty rate of 18.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lafayette is 35.8 years, 34.6 years for males, and 37 years for females.

Louisiana is located in the southwestern region of the state and is the principal city of the Lafayette Metropolitan area.

Lafayette Population andn Economy Statistics

About 11.5% of the population speaks French or Creole French, while over 84% speak English.

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lafayettewas:

  • White: 62.77%
  • Black or African American: 30.53%
  • Two or more races: 3.38%
  • Asian: 2.29%
  • Other race: 0.67%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
The current population of Lafayette, Louisiana is 121,524 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 126,674.

Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Lafayette Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Lafayette Population by Race

Lafayette Population Pyramid 2022

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Lafayette Median Age

36.4


Total

34.9


Male

37.9


Female

Lafayette Adults

There are 100,373 adults, (19,736 of whom are seniors) in Lafayette.

Lafayette Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

24.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female

65,685

51.85%

Male

60,989

48.15%

Lafayette Population by Age

Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lafayette Household Types

58.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lafayette Households and Families

3.09

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

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Lafayette Households by Type

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Lafayette Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.41%.

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

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$37,593

Average Earnings

$49,296

Average Male

$31,208

Average Female

Lafayette Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lafayette Language by Age

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Lafayette Language

91.56% of Lafayette residents speak only English, while 8.44% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.15% of the population.

Lafayette Language

Lafayette Poverty by Race

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18.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.43%

Male Poverty Rate

20.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Black, with 34.69% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Multiple, with 8.37% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.97%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.50%.

Lafayette Poverty

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Lafayette Poverty Rate by Education

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Lafayette Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lafayette Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Lafayette Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.0%

Male Marriage Rate

37.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Lafayette Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Lafayette Marital Status by Race

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Lafayette Marital Status

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5,920

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Lafayette Veterans by War

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Lafayette Veterans by Age

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Lafayette Veterans by Race

Lafayette Veterans by Education

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8.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.12%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lafayette Veterans by Education

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63.4%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Lafayette Employment by Age

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Lafayette Employment by Race

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Lafayette Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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79.36%

Born in Lafayette

95.38%

Native Born

4.62%

Foreign Born

2.89%

Non Citizen

1.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.38% of Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 79.36% having been born in Louisiana. 2.89% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lafayette Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Lafayette Population by Year