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Lafayette Parish
Consolidated city-county
Parish of Lafayette
Lafayette Parish Lafayette Sign in Parc San Souci
Lafayette Parish Lafayette Sign in Parc San Souci
Map of Louisiana highlighting Lafayette Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded January 17, 1823
Named for Marquis de la Fayette
Seat Lafayette
Largest city Lafayette
 • Total 269 sq mi (700 km2)
 • Land 269 sq mi (700 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)  0.2%
 • Total 241,753
 • Density 898.7/sq mi (347.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Lafayette Parish (French: Paroisse de Lafayette) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. According to the 2020 U.S. census, the parish had a population of 241,753, up from 221,578 at the 2010 United States census. The parish seat is the city of Lafayette. The parish was founded in 1823. Since 1992, Lafayette City and Lafayette Parish have operated as a consolidated government.


See History of Lafayette, Louisiana for main article.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 269 square miles (700 km2), of which 269 square miles (700 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest parish in Louisiana by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Major highways

  • I-10.svg Interstate 10
  • I-49.svg Interstate 49
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Louisiana 89.svgLouisiana Highway 89
  • Louisiana 92.svgLouisiana Highway 92
  • Louisiana 93.svgLouisiana Highway 93
  • Louisiana 96.svgLouisiana Highway 96
  • Louisiana 182.svgLouisiana Highway 182

Adjacent parishes

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 5,653
1840 7,841 38.7%
1850 6,720 −14.3%
1860 9,003 34.0%
1870 10,388 15.4%
1880 13,235 27.4%
1890 15,966 20.6%
1900 22,825 43.0%
1910 28,733 25.9%
1920 30,841 7.3%
1930 38,827 25.9%
1940 43,941 13.2%
1950 57,743 31.4%
1960 84,656 46.6%
1970 109,716 29.6%
1980 150,017 36.7%
1990 164,762 9.8%
2000 190,503 15.6%
2010 221,578 16.3%
2020 241,753 9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019
Lafayette Parish racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 150,745 62.24%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 60,677 25.1%
Native American 716 0.3%
Asian 5,212 2.16%
Pacific Islander 68 0.03%
Other/Mixed 8,622 3.57%
Hispanic or Latino 15,983 6.61%

According to the 2020 United States census, there were 241,753 people, 94,490 households, and 59,937 families residing in the parish. According to the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 244,390 people living in the parish. The racial and ethnic makeup of Lafayette Parish was 65.7% non-Hispanic white, 25.9% Black and African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.9% Asian, 0.3% some other race, 1.5% two or more races, and 4.6% Hispanic and Latino American of any race. In 2020, the racial and ethnic makeup was 62.24% non-Hispanic white, 25.1% Black and African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.16% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.57% multiracial or some other race, and 6.61% Hispanic or Latino American of any race.

In 2019, the median age was 35.2 and 76.2% of the population were aged 18 and older; 12.7% of the population were aged 65 and older. Of its population, 4.2% were foreign born, with the majority coming from Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Among the population, 10.1% spoke another language other than English at home; Spanish was the second most-spoken language in 2019, and French was third.

There were 91,543 households at the 2019 census estimates, and 44.4% were married couples living together; 8.0% of households were cohabiting couples, 17.8% male households with no female present, 12.7% single-person households, and 29.7% female households with no female present. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.22. There was an employment rate of 62.5% and 28,206 businesses operating in the parish; 5,734 businesses were minority-owned and 2,774 were veteran-owned.

Out of the 102,491 housing units in 2019, the median gross rent was $874, and median housing value was $185,300. At the 2019 American Community Survey, the median household income was $56,999; males had a median income of $54,653 versus $38,378 for females. An estimated 17.3% of the population lived at or below the poverty line.

National Guard

The HQ and other units of the 256th IBCT reside in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. This unit of over 3,500 Soldiers has deployed twice to Iraq, 2004-5 and 2010. This unit has also responded to disasters such as: Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Isaac, and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.


Map of Lafayette Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities



Name Address Zip Aged
Lafayette Parish Correctional Center 916 Lafayette St, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501 13+


Lafayette Parish School System operates public schools for the parish.

Lafayette Parish is home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana's second largest public university behind Louisiana State University. It is also home to the main campus of South Louisiana Community College (the parish is in the community college's service area), a Remington College in Lafayette, a Blue Cliff College in Lafayette, an Aveda Institute, and a Louisiana Technical College in Lafayette.

Notable people

  • Lauren Daigle, (born 1991), Grammy-nominated CCM singer
  • Jefferson Caffery, (1886-1974), U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, France and Egypt
  • Benjamin Flanders, (1816-1896), politician, Alderman of New Orleans (1847-1852), founder of the Republican Party of Louisiana in 1864, appointed governor of Louisiana in 1867, retired in 1880s to his Ben Alva plantation here
  • Jerry Luke LeBlanc (born 1956), former state legislator and vice president of administration and finance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Alexandre Mouton, (1804–1885), born in Attakapas, United States Senator and Governor of Louisiana.
  • Frank Schmitz, (1945-1966), four time NCAA champion gymnast and silver medal winner at the 1965 Trampoline World Championships.

See also

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