Lafayette Parish, LA

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Population

238,230

1.39% growth

Median Age

34.5


Median Household Income

$53,950

2.89% growth

Poverty Rate

16.6%


Number of Employees

119,324

0.625% growth

Median Property Value

$172,500

2.5% growth

About

In 2017, Lafayette Parish, LA had a population of 238k people with a median age of 34.5 and a median household income of $53,950. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lafayette Parish, LA grew from 234,963 to 238,230, a 1.39% increase and its median household income grew from $52,435 to $53,950, a 2.89% increase.

The population of Lafayette Parish, LA is 66.1% White Alone, 25.6% Black or African American Alone, and 4.56% Hispanic or Latino. 13.5% of the people in Lafayette Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette Parish, LA are University of Louisiana at Lafayette (3,386 degrees awarded in 2016), South Louisiana Community College (1,661 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette (215 degrees).

The median property value in Lafayette Parish, LA is $172,500, and the homeownership rate is 65.5%. Most people in Lafayette Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lafayette Parish, LA employs 119k people. The largest industries in Lafayette Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,516 people), Retail Trade (13,162 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (11,603 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,827), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,044), and Utilities ($65,614).

Median household income in Lafayette Parish, LA is $53,950. Males in Lafayette Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Lafayette Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,950

2017 value

± $1,431

2.89%

1 Year Growth

± 3.75%

Households in Lafayette Parish, LA have a median annual income of $53,950, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,435 in 2016, which represents a 2.89% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lafayette Parish, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lafayette Parish, LA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette Parish, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 14.04

  2. Census Tract 14.02

  3. Census Tract 14.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette Parish, LA was Census Tract 14.04 with a value of $90,583, followed by Census Tract 14.02 and Census Tract 14.10, with respective values of $87,888 and $86,542.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lafayette Parish, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette Parish, LA (38.8k out of 233k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    18,409 ± 1,082

  2. White

    18,125 ± 1,205

  3. Hispanic

    2,224 ± 406

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette Parish, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

119k

2017 Value

± 2,911

0.625%

1 Year growth

± 3.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.625%, from 119k employees to 119k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (14,428 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,367 people), and Management Occupations (10,992 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafayette Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (14,428 people), Sales & Related Occupations (14,367 people), and Management Occupations (10,992 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.62 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.51 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafayette Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,417), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($69,071), and Management Occupations ($67,071).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

119k

2017 Value

± 2,911

0.625%

1 Year growth

± 3.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafayette Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.625%, from 119k employees to 119k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,516 people), Retail Trade (13,162 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (11,603 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette Parish, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lafayette Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (17,516 people), Retail Trade (13,162 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (11,603 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (17 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.28 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.07 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafayette Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($68,827), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($66,044), and Utilities ($65,614).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $38B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.6% of the population of Lafayette Parish, LA has health coverage, with 49% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 8.68% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lafayette Parish, LA was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Lafayette Parish, LA see 972 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% decrease from the previous year (990 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1538 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 356 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

972 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lafayette Parish, LA see an average of 972 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% decrease from the previous year (990 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lafayette Parish, LA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,420

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,281

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,811

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.4%

Uninsured

49%

Employer Coverage

15.4%

Medicaid

8.68%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette Parish, LA declined by 7.37% from 13.4% to 12.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafayette Parish, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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Diversity

Lafayette Parish, LA is home to a population of 238k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.19% of Lafayette Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lafayette Parish, LA is composed of 157k White Alone residents (66.1%), 61.1k Black or African American Alone residents (25.6%), 10.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.56%), 4.19k Asian Alone residents (1.76%), 3.77k Two or More Races residents (1.58%), 454 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.191%), 438 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.184%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lafayette Parish, LA are French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (15,081 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (7,944 speakers), and Vietnamese (1,274 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lafayette Parish, LA was 34.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Lafayette Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lafayette Parish, LA residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.19%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.23%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.19% of Lafayette Parish, LA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafayette Parish, LA was 4.23%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lafayette Parish, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Lafayette Parish, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Lafayette Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette Parish, LA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    157k ± 150

  2. Black or African American Alone

    61.1k ± 570

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    10.9k ± 816

In 2017, there were 2.58 times more White Alone residents (157k people) in Lafayette Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.1k Black or African American Alone and 10.9k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lafayette Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    15,081 speakers (6.99%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    7,944 speakers (3.68%)

  3. Vietnamese

    1,274 speakers (0.591%)

13.5% of Lafayette Parish, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lafayette Parish, LA was French (Incl. Patois, Cajun). 6.99% of the overall population of Lafayette Parish, LA are native French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) speakers. 3.68% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.591% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun), the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,677 ± 356

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,305 ± 399

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,123 ± 388

Lafayette Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lafayette Parish, LA awarded 6,086 degrees. The student population of Lafayette Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 10,571 male students and 14,994 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette Parish, LA are White (3,598 and 61.1%), followed by Black or African American (1,757 and 29.9%), Hispanic or Latino (156 and 2.65%), and Unknown (138 and 2.34%).

The largest universities in Lafayette Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are University of Louisiana at Lafayette (3,386 and 55.6%), South Louisiana Community College (1,661 and 27.3%), and Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette (215 and 3.53%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette Parish, LA are General Studies (745 and 12.2%), Registered Nursing (617 and 10.1%), and Medical Assistant (225 and 3.7%).

The median tuition costs in Lafayette Parish, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,407 and $19,135 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 160 degrees awarded

  2. 554 degrees awarded

  3. 287 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lafayette Parish, LA was Physical Education Teaching & Coaching with 160 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lafayette Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,386 degrees awarded

  2. 1,661 degrees awarded

  3. 215 degrees awarded

$5,407

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lafayette Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Louisiana at Lafayette with 3,386 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,455

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,631

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,455 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafayette Parish, LA, which is 0.676 times less than the 3,631 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Lafayette Parish, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,598 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,757 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    156 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lafayette Parish, LA were to White students. These 3,598 degrees mean that there were 2.05 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,757 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette Parish, LA was $172,500 in 2017, which is 0.793 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $168,300 to $172,500, a 2.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette Parish, LA is 65.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lafayette Parish, LA have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lafayette Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$53,950

Median Household Income

± $1,431

89.7k

Number of Households

± 2,253

In 2017, the median household income of the 89.7k households in Lafayette Parish, LA grew to $53,950 from the previous year's value of $52,435.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette Parish, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$172,500

2017 Median

± $2,707

$168,300

2016 Median

± $2,410

In 2017, the median property value in Lafayette Parish, LA grew to to $172,500 from the previous year's value of $168,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lafayette Parish, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lafayette Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.5%

2017 Homeownership

64.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.5% of the housing units in Lafayette Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lafayette Parish, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.7% of the workforce in Lafayette Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.05%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.03%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lafayette Parish, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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