With a population of 120,000, Lafayette, LA is big enough to offer all of the advantages of a city while still retaining the charm of an engaged community. The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch named it “America’s Happiest City” for several good reasons, and southern hospitality is just the beginning.
1. Cost of Living
The cost of living in Lafayette is about 4% lower than the average for the rest of the country. That includes housing, health care, utilities, groceries, transportation, goods, and services.
The city’s climate is extremely mild year-round, with temperatures rarely falling below freezing, which makes it perfect for all types of outdoor activities. The community enjoys boating, fishing, camping, golf, hiking and biking. In fact, cycling is often used as a favorite method of transportation in the central parts of the city. This is due not only to the flat terrain, but also the increase in cycling safety awareness, as well as the number of bike paths and lanes.
Lafayette is well-known for its delicious Cajun cuisine. Everyone raves about the gumbo, boudin, Po Boys and jambalaya. All kinds of fresh seafood are found in the city, but crawfish, shrimp, oysters and catfish are particular favorites.
It’s easy to get in and out of the city from the regional airport, which serves Delta, United Express and American Eagle airlines. Amtrak and Greyhound services are also available.
There are 25 public schools in Lafayette, as well as 41 private schools. The U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings include 17 of the city’s schools. Also, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has about 17,000 students, many of them international. They contribute to the youthful atmosphere of the area, particularly the lively nightlife scene.
There is a variety of health care providers in the Lafayette area, so jobs in the medical field are often available. The university is the city’s second-largest employer, so academic jobs are also an option. It’s computer science department, together with the municipal fiber-optic system, has attracted technology companies, as well.
Almost every weekend in the fall and spring features some type of festival. The Festival International de Louisiane brings musicians from around the world. Festivals Acadiens et Creoles offers zydeco and Cajun music, plus delicious food and handmade crafts. There is an abundance of free concerts, too. Mardi Gras, of course, is a big celebration.
There are great museums, including the Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium. The Acadian and Vermilionville villages offer an amazing views into Lafayette’s fascinating history, with their re-creations of the past.
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