Bienvenue ˆ Lafayette (Welcome to Lafayette) – the heart of Cajun Country. We are the center of Acadiana, the name given to the traditional 22-parish Cajun homeland; officially recognized by the Louisiana state legislature for its unique Acadian and Creole heritage. Greater Lafayette is the Hub City of the region for retail, business, entertainment, banking, technology, energy and health care.
We are proud of our “wildcatter” spirit that has made South Louisiana famous worldwide. Lafayette brags about “Innovation with an Accent,” where fiber is discussed as a technology, as well as a basic food ingredient. With the unique flavor of our delicious Cajun cuisine, distinctive musical sounds, a thriving arts community, and fun-loving festivals, Lafayette has proven to be a place many generations have called home.
Lafayette is located between New Orleans and Houston, and many people, after briefly stopping on the way to another destination, end up staying. Once you have attended one of our annual festivals, been invited to a family dinner or conducted a business deal with a cutting-edge company over a seafood platter, it’s hard not to want to call Lafayette home. The appeal of our Cajun Culture is an accent on the work and play that is founded in our French and Spanish history and heritage.
In this directory and community profile, you will find everything you need to know about living, doing business and experiencing the unique culture of Lafayette. From basic facts about taxes, population, and government, to articles on dining, oil and gas, to the communities that make up Acadiana, we will get you started on life in Lafayette. We have all of the amenities of a big city and the charm of a small town. One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, has an abundance of information and resources to help make your time in our community one you will not forget.
We hope your stay in Lafayette will be a long one.