Lafayette, Louisiana Population 2020

124,561

Lafayette is a city located in Lafayette County, Louisiana. With a 2020 population of 124,561, it is the 4th largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport) and the 227th largest city in the United States. Lafayette is currently declining at a rate of -0.63% annually but its population has increased by 3.26% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 120,623 in 2010. Lafayette reached it's highest population of 127,156 in 2016. Spanning over 56 miles, Lafayette has a population density of 2,245 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lafayette is $76,540 with a poverty rate of 19.35%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $874 per month, and the median house value is $190,800. The median age in Lafayette is 35.1 years, 34.3 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.4 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: 64.49%
  • Black or African American: 30.84%
  • Two or more races: 2.04%
  • Asian: 1.82%
  • Other race: 0.60%
  • Native American: 0.20%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Lafayette, Louisiana is 124,561, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 126,143. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 120,623.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020487,878-743-0.15%
2019488,621-743-0.15%
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
White81,58764.49%
Black or African American39,01230.84%
Two or More Races2,5872.04%
Asian2,3081.82%
Some Other Race7650.60%
American Indian and Alaska Native2560.20%

Lafayette Population Pyramid 2020

Lafayette Median Age

35.1


Total

34.3


Male

36.1


Female

Lafayette Adults

There are 99,886 adults, (17,622 of whom are seniors) in Lafayette.

Lafayette Age Dependency

53.8

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Lafayette Sex Ratio

Female

64,762

51.19%

Male

61,753

48.81%

Lafayette Households and Families

Lafayette Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lafayette Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.2%19.8%
All55.8%44.2%
Male48.5%51.5%
Non Family42%58%
Female35.1%64.9%

55.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,4162.4255.8
Non Family22,4411.3842
Married19,0533.180.2
Female6,8463.7135.1
Male2,0763.248.5

3.18

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lafayette Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,9523.49%
9th to 12th Grade7,0508.34%
High School Graduate21,98426.01%
Some College17,68520.92%
Associates Degree3,7514.44%
Bachelors Degree20,93324.77%
Graduate Degree10,16612.03%

Lafayette Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White55,80552,72526,064
Black23,19317,9243,304
Hispanic3,0151,495615
Asian1,4831,400746
Multiple Races982905329
Other Race48429945
Native American19416068

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.48%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.30%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,854$46,640$29,341
Less Than High School$16,173$19,892$11,616
High School Grad$26,841$32,981$20,722
Some College$32,230$43,311$25,568
Bachelors Degree$47,217$63,705$40,946
Graduate Degree$63,101$82,697$50,908

$35,854

Average Earnings

$46,640

Average Male

$29,341

Average Female

Lafayette Language

Lafayette Language by Age

Lafayette Language

89.52% of Lafayette residents speak only English, while 10.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 5.34% of the population.

Lafayette Poverty

Lafayette Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black37,32212,84634.42%
White75,1478,82811.75%
Hispanic4,9181,13423.06%
Multiple2,49067126.95%
Asian2,25329513.09%
Other747699.24%

19.35%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.40%

Male Poverty Rate

21.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lafayette

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Black, with 34.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lafayette is Other, with 9.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.42%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.61%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.16%
High School17.95%
Some College13.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.67%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.43%
Male Unemployed27.79%
Female Employed14.89%
Male Employed8.69%

Lafayette Income

Lafayette Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,182$76,540
Families$69,663$100,465
Married Families$94,611$125,579
Non Families$31,395$44,313

Lafayette Marital Status

Lafayette Marital Status

Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.3%

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

6,290

Number of Veterans

5,629

Male Veterans

661

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,356
First Gulf War1,355
Second Gulf War1,298
Korea581
World War II168
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,5556.75%
Black1,5275.35%
2 or More12510.35%
Hispanic681.83%
Asian532.96%
Indian166.61%
Other142.42%

$Lafayette Veterans by Education

10.59%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lafayette Employment Status

64.9%

Labor Force Participation

61.8%

Employment Rate

4.7%

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

79.21%

Born in Louisiana

95.45%

Native Born

4.55%

Foreign Born

3.00%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.45% of Lafayette residents were born in the United States, with 79.21% having been born in Louisiana. 3.00% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020124,561-791-0.63%
2019125,352-791-0.63%
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%