Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2020

125,999
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Lafayette is a city located in Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 125,999, it is the 4th largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport) and the 220th largest city in the United States. Lafayette is currently declining at a rate of -0.15% annually but its population has increased by 4.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 120,623 in 2010. Lafayette reached it's highest population of 127,221 in 2016. Spanning over 56 miles, Lafayette has a population density of 2,270 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lafayette is $78,055 with a poverty rate of 19.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $890 per month, and the median house value is $195,400. The median age in Lafayette is 35.8 years, 34.6 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males.

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 Lafayette was:

  • White: 63.97%
  • Black or African American: 30.90%
  • Asian: 2.18%
  • Two or more races: 2.06%
  • Other race: 0.61%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Lafayette, Louisiana is 125,999, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 126,371.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 120,623.

Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020488,734-473-0.10%
2019489,207-473-0.10%
2018489,680-619-0.13%
2017490,299-578-0.12%
2016490,8771,3700.28%
2015489,5074,6310.95%
2014484,8765,0821.05%
2013479,7945,5891.16%
2012474,2053,2700.69%
2011470,9353,3230.71%
2010467,6120.00%

Lafayette Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White81,02263.97%
Black or African American39,13730.90%
Asian2,7652.18%
Two or More Races2,6032.06%
Some Other Race7750.61%
American Indian and Alaska Native3640.29%
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Lafayette Population by Race

Lafayette Population Pyramid 2020

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Lafayette Median Age

35.8


Total

34.6


Male

37


Female

Lafayette Adults

There are 100,114 adults, (18,833 of whom are seniors) in Lafayette.

Lafayette Age Dependency

55.8

Age Dependency Ratio

23.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female

64,924

51.26%

Male

61,742

48.74%

Lafayette Population by Age

Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lafayette Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.6%19.4%
All56.6%43.4%
Male50.9%49.1%
Non Family42.8%57.2%
Female36.3%63.7%

56.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lafayette Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,8272.456.6
Non Family22,4521.3642.8
Married19,3033.0880.6
Female6,8493.736.3
Male2,2233.0750.9

3.15

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Lafayette Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,8553.36%
9th to 12th Grade6,0467.11%
High School Graduate22,95526.99%
Some College17,04520.04%
Associates Degree3,6824.33%
Bachelors Degree21,73525.55%
Graduate Degree10,74212.63%
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Lafayette Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White56,06853,30026,872
Black23,46318,6353,551
Hispanic2,7671,589586
Asian1,8141,7201,031
Multiple Races980901466
Other Race512363100
Native American19916732

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.06%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 56.84%.

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,226$49,370$30,951
Less Than High School$14,901$16,522$11,926
High School Grad$26,622$33,332$19,618
Some College$32,304$44,066$28,655
Bachelors Degree$49,457$63,738$42,893
Graduate Degree$63,897$82,500$52,273

$37,226

Average Earnings

$49,370

Average Male

$30,951

Average Female

Lafayette Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lafayette Language by Age

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Lafayette Language

90.71% of Lafayette residents speak only English, while 9.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.03% of the population.

Lafayette Language

Lafayette Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black37,48513,28535.44%
White75,3279,05412.02%
Hispanic4,2451,08425.54%
Multiple2,48935114.10%
Asian2,70433012.20%
Native3077123.13%
Other733618.32%

19.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.72%

Male Poverty Rate

21.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Black, with 35.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Other, with 8.32% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.06%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.34%.

Lafayette Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.49%
High School19.70%
Some College13.04%
Bachelors or Greater4.94%

Lafayette Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.69%
Male Unemployed29.70%
Female Employed14.21%
Male Employed8.38%

Lafayette Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lafayette Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,264$78,055
Families$71,720$100,561
Married Families$95,577$126,253
Non Families$31,995$46,902
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Income by Household Type

Lafayette Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.0%

Male Marriage Rate

37.7%

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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6,060

Number of Veterans

5,280

Male Veterans

780

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,226
First Gulf War1,325
Second Gulf War1,203
Korea576
World War II120

Lafayette Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,598
35 to 541,510
75+1,357
55 to 64961
18 to 34634

Lafayette Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,3146.45%
Black1,5035.22%
2 or More16913.23%
Asian472.14%
Indian154.69%
Other121.94%

Lafayette Veterans by Race

Lafayette Veterans by Education

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10.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lafayette Veterans by Education

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64.4%

Labor Force Participation

61.1%

Employment Rate

5.1%

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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79.15%

Born in Louisiana

95.69%

Native Born

4.31%

Foreign Born

2.86%

Non Citizen

1.45%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.69% of Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 79.15% having been born in Louisiana. 2.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lafayette Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020125,999-186-0.15%
2019126,185-186-0.15%
2018126,371-155-0.12%
2017126,526-695-0.55%
2016127,2212990.24%
2015126,9228860.70%
2014126,0361,1630.93%
2013124,8731,2861.04%
2012123,5879130.74%
2011122,6748380.69%
2010121,83611,5791.00%
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 by Year