Most students enjoy quality of life in Lafayette, One Acadiana poll shows

by | Nov 2, 2023 | Uncategorized

Nearly 2 out of every 3 students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette indicated they enjoy the quality of life in Lafayette, according to a poll released by One Acadiana during Thursday’s CivicCon series event at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Just under half of the 723 students polled rated their quality of life as good with another 16% rating it excellent and 27% rating it fair.

More than 700 students were polled as part of a survey to measure college students’ perceptions on quality of life in Lafayette, One Acadiana officials said.

Living in the Lafayette area also contributes to many students’ quality of life while attending UL. Just over 44% indicated it contributes a moderate amount, while 28.7% said it contributes a great deal.

Nearly two-thirds of the respondents indicated the quality of life was either staying the same or improving in the Lafayette area. Only 11% indicated it’s getting worse.

The results mirror a similar poll of graduating seniors conducted for The Acadiana Advocate earlier this year that indicated students generally like living in Lafayette and hope to stay after graduation and that many grads consider Lafayette a good place to start their careers.

Other results include:

  • 59% said they had no connection with local civic or nonprofit groups.
  • 55% rated the city either good or excellent for racial or ethnic minorities.
  • 54% rated the city either good or excellent for single people
  • 54% rated the city either good or excellent for a family with young children.
  • 47% rated the city either good or excellent for immigrants.
  • 46% rated the city either good or excellent for LGBTQ+ people.
  • 45% rated the city either good or excellent for individuals with disabilities.
  • 43% said they had no connection with UL’s Career Services Center or others who support career development.
  • 42% said they had no connection with the local arts and culture groups or activities.

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