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Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lafayette metropolitan area
Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lafayette metropolitan area
Country  United States
States  Louisiana
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Named for Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette

The Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in the south central Acadiana region of Louisiana that covers five parishes. The five parishes include the original Lafayette and St. Martin parishes as well as Acadia, Iberia and Vermilion parishes, which were added in 2013. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 273,738. With the three added parishes, a 2015 estimate placed the population at 490,488. It is also part of the larger Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 616,113 in 2013.




As of the census of 2010, there were 273,738, 89,536 households, and 61,826 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 71.86% White, 25.46% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $33,610, and the median income for a family was $40,737. Males had a median income of $33,565 versus $20,558 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,495.

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