Lafayette, one of the largest cities in Louisiana, is located in the southwest corner of the state and has served as an important geographic, social, cultural and economic hub since its founding in 1821. Lafayette is also the center of Acadian, Cajun and Creole culture in the state. French Canadian Acadians were among the early settlers, who were joined by French Creoles soon after. Their culinary and cultural contributions are still felt today.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than Lafayette. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and walking venues.
Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while savvy architects and builders have also attached themselves to homes in Lafayette’s newest and most talked-about neighborhoods. Major businesses (tech-related and more traditional manufacturing, medical and military) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
A full menu of festivals that celebrate Cajun culture, entertains residents and beckons visitors throughout the calendar year. Top-rated schools have also made Lafayette one of the most important geographic zones in the entire state. Those looking for a new home or business in Lafayette will find a family-friendly and affordable place to live. It’s a city that combines the charms of many Louisiana cultures, a place that has earned its spot on the list of best places to live in Louisiana and the Gulf South.
Lafayette on the Map
Lafayette stretches about 50 square miles in directions bounded approximately by Highway 93 and Bayou Courtableau Highway on the north, Highway 14 and Jefferson Memorial Drive and Railroad Road on the south, Highway 724 and South Fieldspan Road on the west and Highway 729 and Southwest Frontage Road on the east.
Map of Lafayette, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Colonial home on 6.5 acre riverfront estate with guest cottage, artist studio, heated pool and tennis court - Lafayette, LA
How to get to and from Lafayette, LA
Lafayette is easily accessible, thanks to the convenient proximity of I-49 and I-10, along with many state and US highways that criss-cross this southwest region of the state. Major roads, mostly free of congestion, take residents from one part of town to another with relative ease.
The city is about an hour southwest of Baton Rouge, two hours northwest of New Orleans, three hours south of Alexandria and three hours east of Houston. Lafayette Regional Airport services this part of the state with dozens of daily direct and connecting flights. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the Lafayette area.
Custom-built home in River-Ranch Subdivision - Lafayette, LA
Lafayette, as the historical and present-day heart of Cajun culture, is home to unlimited activities, festivals and fairs and a constantly expanding calendar of annual and special events that entertain residents and welcome visitors. Among the most popular attractions are the 11-day annual Cajun Heartland State Fair, the annual Festival International de Louisiane, the Festivals Acadiens et Creole, the Downtown Alive outdoor concert series and Acadian Village and Vermillionville, which each provide replicas of the Cajun life of earlier generations.
Lafayette is also a sports mecca that welcomes major matchups in the 13,500-seat Cajundome Arena (and its adjoining 72,000-square-foot, two-level Convention Center), the 31,000-seat Cajun Field and at the 9,800-seat Blackham Coliseum. Touring and local concerts, opera and symphony performances, a wealth of theater options and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus also entertain locals and visitors. The ULL campus is also home to the two-acre Cypress Lake swamp grounds. The nearby Cypress Island Preserve provides a chance to see the region’s alligator and heron population living side by side in a thick cypress timberland swamp. Plantation country has also been a big draw for residents and tourists alike.
Lafayette residents also enjoy an impressive choice of world-class golf courses, plus tennis courts, soccer fields and neighborhood parks dotted throughout every neighborhood. Also popular is the restored downtown neighborhood where residential and commercial ventures intertwine.
Mardi Gras is also celebrated annually on the streets of Lafayette (in a more family-friendly way than the bawdy celebration in New Orleans).
Lafayette prides itself on being a metropolitan city that continues to embrace its rustic Acadian roots. It’s a city that proudly holds on to its original characteristics as a safe and scenic hometown that residents have cherished for centuries.
Blue Bayou Estates home with 1.76 acres and a pool - Lafayette, LA
- Population: 122,000
- Households: 48,000
- Schools: Recent figures show a total of nearly 130 public, private and parochial schools in the city, as well as more than 90 pre-schools. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Lafayette campus of Louisiana Technical College and several trade schools and community colleges also serve students in Lafayette.
- Healthcare: Several full-service hospitals (Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette General Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital) are located in Lafayette, along with many surgical and urgent care centers, medical office complexes, clinics and other facilities.
- Churches: Lafayette is home to more than 100 churches of every denomination.