Lafayette, Louisiana metropolitan area

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Nickname(s): Hub City
Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lafayette metropolitan area
Map of Louisiana highlighting the Lafayette metropolitan area
Country  United States
States  Louisiana
Elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Metro 479,116
Named for Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette

The Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in the south central Acadiana region of Louisiana that covers two parishes - Lafayette and St. Martin. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 273,738 (though a 2013 estimate placed the population at 479,116).[1] It is also part of the larger Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 616,113 in 2013.[1]




As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 273,738, 89,536 households, and 61,826 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 71.86% White, 25.46% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $33,610, and the median income for a family was $40,737. Males had a median income of $33,565 versus $20,558 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $16,495.


The area of Lafayette is politically conservative, however, it does not always vote Republican in elections[citation needed].


The economy in the Lafayette area is mostly made up of healthcare and associated services, tourism, oil-related business, car sales, and the restaurant industry.[citation needed]

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