Lafayette, one of the largest cities in Louisiana, is located in the southwest corner of the state and has served as an important geographic, social, cultural and economic hub since its founding in 1821. Lafayette is also the center of Acadian, Cajun and Creole culture in the state. French Canadian Acadians were among the early settlers, who were joined by French Creoles soon after. Their culinary and cultural contributions are still felt today.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than Lafayette. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and walking venues.
Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while savvy architects and builders have also attached themselves to homes in Lafayette’s newest and most talked-about neighborhoods. Major businesses (tech-related and more traditional manufacturing, medical and military) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
A full menu of festivals that celebrate Cajun culture, entertains residents and beckons visitors throughout the calendar year. Top-rated schools have also made Lafayette one of the most important geographic zones in the entire state. Those looking for a new home or business in Lafayette will find a family-friendly and affordable place to live. It’s a city that combines the charms of many Louisiana cultures, a place that has earned its spot on the list of best places to live in Louisiana and the Gulf South.