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Lafayette (/ˌlæfiˈjɛt/; French: [lafajɛt]) is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. The city of Lafayette is the fourth-largest in the state, with a population of 120,623 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, and also the larger, Combined Statistical Area of Lafayette-Opelousas-Morgan City CSA with a population of 611,774 according to 2012 estimates. Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Its nickname is The Hub City. The American city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by Jean Mouton, a French-speaking man of Acadian descent. In 1884, it was renamed for General Lafayette, who fought with and significantly aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. The city's economy was primarily based on agriculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industries became dominant. Lafayette is considered the center of Acadiana, the area of Cajun and Creole culture in Louisiana and the United States. It developed following the relocation of Acadians after their expulsion by the British from eastern Canada in the late 18th century following France's defeat in the Seven Years' War. There is also a strong Louisiana Creole influence in the area.

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Lafayette is the place to be if you want a dash of Cajun and Creole cultures in your journey. If you want to learn about these influences in detail, head to the Acadian Cultural Center to find out how it came about to be. The Acadian Village will provide you with glimpses of the community life. Lafayette was formerly known as Vermilionville. The earliest settlement that made up the town of Vermilionville has been conserved as a part of the Historic Village museum. Many local restaurants will serve you delicious Cajun food. Do not forget to try this when holidaying in Lafayette. You will also find one of the last outlets of the legendary Borden’s Ice Cream in Lafayette. Check out Lafayette as one of the lesser known but culturally rich tourism destination in Louisiana.

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Facts and Stats for Lafayette*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lafayette

    Know the pollution level of Lafayette before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 3.13 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Lafayette: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lafayette for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lafayette.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 33.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lafayette - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 57.81 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 8.41 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.33 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 73.15 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lafayette

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lafayette

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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