Lafayette Region Quality of Life
Let Our CultureShape Your Life
Living in Acadiana is easy. It is a place that has everything you need. We have a plentiful economy and growing job market, world-class healthcare, great schools, and all the entertainment and cultural options of a big city but with far less stress. Those who live here will agree – there has never been a better time to call Acadiana home.
Missy Bienvenu Andrade
Vice President, Investor Relations & Development
A Unique Experience
A mix of historical and cultural influences has created the unique Cajun/French Creole food, music, and language found only in this small part of the United States. Acadiana offers an abundance of community and recreational opportunities for people of all ages with a variety of festivals, museums, theaters, music scenes, fishing, golf, and much more.
Something for Everyone
From the bustling city of Lafayette to the quaint historic cities of Crowley, Abbeville, and Franklin, Acadiana offers everything from urban living to idyllic country retreats. Sitting at the crossroads of I‑10 and I‑49, and serviced by Lafayette Regional Airport (with a new terminal in the works), our region is easy to navigate.
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The Acadiana region's quality of life assets include:
- Thriving cultural base
- Diverse, welcoming community
- Abundant waterways and recreational areas
- Low cost of living
- Affordable residential options
- Diverse higher education options
- Semitropical climate
Whether you prefer an eclectic urban scene, the pace of the countryside, or the close-to-everything convenience of suburban life, Acadiana will fit your lifestyle. Here you will find some of the country's most affordable housing values and benefit from the 4th lowest cost of living in the United States. Enjoy the pleasant, warm-weathered climate and fast, easy access to anywhere you need to go, in town or out. Best of all, there is a friendly, neighborly vibe everywhere you go. A welcoming sense of community that you will not find just anywhere is what makes Acadiana quickly feel like home.
Cost of Living Highlights:
- 4th lowest cost of living in the U.S.
- 5th lowest in total tax burden
- 3rd lowest local property taxes in the state
- $75,000 property tax exemption
- Low utility costs
- One of the top cities in the world for fastest internet speed
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Acadiana’s rich cultural heritage celebrates food, music, language, and art, making it one of the most distinct places in the country. Walk around the heart of Acadiana, and you will sense that you are in a very special place. From a flourishing symphony and ballet to a variety of historic live performance venues, you will pick up a distinctively creative vibe. There are a multitude of community events, art walks, parks, dance halls, and cultural festivals as well as live sporting events year-round for you to attend.
You can easily find live entertainment seven nights a week from both local and national award-winning artists. With a variety of activities for day and nightlife, living in Acadiana ensures that you will have your share of good times and infinite memories that can only happen in South Louisiana.
As a regional medical center, Acadiana offers first-class comprehensive healthcare with ever expanding specialized medical services and state-of-the-art facilities. The cutting-edge, high-speed fiber optic network has supported a medical industry boom in Lafayette, with Lafayette General Health (LGH) and Our Lady of Lourdes anchoring the region’s healthcare and hospital options. Lafayette continues to strengthen its brand as a regional healthcare hub, attracting specialized treatment centers, distinguished physicians, health professionals, and researchers with an unparalleled commitment to health and wellness.
Home to both the Atchafalaya Basin (the largest wetland in the U.S.) and the Bayou Teche (Louisiana’s largest bayou), Acadiana is nationally recognized for its outdoor living and is sure to delight nature lovers and adventurers. If you prefer to stay closer to home, you can stroll through quaint downtowns and parks. Walk through Lafayette’s 100 acre centrally located park or become a regular at the South’s largest health club. Hike. Hunt. Fish. Paddle. Or just soak up the sun in our parks. Acadiana is your giant playground for outdoor adventure.
Learning at every level is valued and actively supported by a wide-spread community commitment to education. Here you will find Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, more than 80 “A” and “B” rated schools, innovative K-12 programs, charter and magnet-style options, exceptional private schools, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nearly every field.
Many districts support Schools of Choice and/or gifted programs with specialized academies that allow families to select the right fit for their child regardless of neighborhood lines. A growing number of public schools provide language immersion programs as well, with French immersion being the most popular.
Excellent higher education institutions, including the second largest university in Louisiana, develop a steady stream of talent in Acadiana with over 26,000 students enrolled in post-secondary education. Institutions include University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Louisiana’s second-largest university), South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), Louisiana State University-Eunice (LSUE), South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC), and SOWELA Technical Community College.
While many local chefs and neighbors will be happy to share Cajun dishes just the way their grandparents made them, a new generation of food lovers are pushing boundaries. Lafayette was recently recognized as the “Tastiest Town” by Southern Living magazine, offering traditional Cajun staples, upscale dining, and quirky hole-in-the-walls. Here you can discover great ethnic and farm-to-table options, as well as award-winning craft breweries and micro-distilleries. It is easy to indulge your taste buds in Acadiana - our cuisine is what sets us apart.
When it comes to shopping, Acadiana has a little bit of everything. Lafayette is the go-to shopping destination for Acadiana, drawing over 600,000 shoppers from within a 50-mile radius. Choose from top-flight shopping centers featuring national brands, big box retailers, boutiques, farmers markets, and shops with a decidedly local flare. If shopping local is your passion, you will find an array of opportunities to support Acadiana business owners. Antique hunters in search of the perfect piece and connoisseurs of classic American Main Streets will feel right at home.
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