LAFAYETTE, La. – One Acadiana hosted CivicCon Acadiana: Quality of Life in Lafayette, welcoming Quint Studer back to Lafayette to release the results of the second annual Quality-of-Life (QOL) Survey. Survey results and a full recording of the event are available at VibrantAcadiana.com, a platform for dialogue and data on improving quality of life in Acadiana.
For the second straight year, Lafayette Parish’s score for overall quality of life is the highest among communities surveyed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. 71% of respondents rated quality of life in the parish as excellent or good. Last year’s score of 72% was the highest ever recorded by Mason-Dixon, an independent national polling firm.
A few additional key findings:
52% of respondents said Lafayette Parish is on the right track vs only 30% who said the Parish is on the wrong track. This is holding steady from 2021 when the numbers were 52% right track and 32% wrong track.
The top 3 most important issues facing Lafayette Parish according to respondents are: the economy (19%), traffic/roads (18%), and crime (14%). This is the same top 3 from 2021, with the economy overtaking traffic/roads as the #1 issue.
Two areas of improvement from 2021 to 2022 were: (1) vibrant nightlife, which increased from a 57% to a 61% positive rating, and (2) job security, which increased from a 47% to a 52% positive rating.
The Quality-of-Life (QOL) Survey, commissioned by One Acadiana, is an objective tool to measure community perceptions about quality of life in Lafayette Parish. One Acadiana conducted its first QOL Survey in 2021 following the organization’s Vibrant Community Summit with Pensacola business and community leader Quint Studer. Studer recommended the survey as a best practice for providing objective data and encouraging civic engagement. This is the second year One Acadiana is conducting the QOL Survey, and the organization plans to continue the survey annually.
The QOL survey asked residents about key factors impacting quality of life, including economic conditions, job security, educational opportunities, cultural opportunities, and safety.
About Vibrant Acadiana
Vibrant Acadiana is a platform for data and dialogue on improving quality of life in Acadiana, which aims to: 1) measure quality of life and track progress over time, (2) foster civic engagement and raise civic IQ, and (3) cultivate private investment.
About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 600 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of nearly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at OneAcadiana.org.