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Retirement Living in Lafayette, Cajun Country - Louisiana

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Area Description

Lafayette, the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country, lies at the crossroads of I-10 and I-49 only two hours from New Orleans. Here, you'll find authentic Cajun food; lively Zydeco and Cajun music; historic attractions; outdoor activities like cycling, paddling, hiking, birding and golf; and year-round festivals that celebrate Mardi Gras, Cajun and Creole heritage, gumbo, boudin, flowers, Fridays and everything in between. Lafayette is also home to the University of Louisiana so there are plenty of opportunities for life-long learners and sports enthusiasts. There's always something going on in Lafayette!

Includes Cities/Towns: Broussard, Carencro, Lafayette, Scott, Youngsville.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Bayou Vermilion, which runs through Lafayette, and the nearby Bayou Teche, Atchafalaya Basin and Lake Martin provide a plethora of outdoor activities like swamp tours, birding and paddling. Lafayette is also home to several golf courses including The Wetlands, which is part of the Audubon Golf Trail. Celebrate year-round at our many festivals including Mardi Gras, Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, the Blackpot Festival & Cookoff, Boudin Festival, Downtown Alive and more. For the sports enthusiast, the Ragin' Cajuns offer the best in college sports events.

Cultural Activities

In Lafayette, you can attend concerts by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Lafayette Concert Band. Lafayette also features several film festivals, museums and art galleries with changing exhibits, a variety of concerts at the Cajundome, Acadiana Center for the Arts and Heymann Performing Arts Center.

Public transportation

The Lafayette Transit System offers bus service within the City of Lafayette Monday-Saturday. The Lafayette Regional Airport features daily flights on United Airlines (Houston), American Airlines (Dallas) and Delta (Atlanta); and now weekly flights on Frontier Airlines (Orlando and Denver). Amtrak also provides regular service to Lafayette.

Medical Facilities

Lafayette is the medical hub of the region because of superior healthcare facilities with a pool of talented professionals and staff, as well as local innovation and research. Lafayette is home to 18 medical facilities with more than 1,300 beds. There are more than 400 physicians in Lafayette and more than 800 in Acadiana covering more than 33 specialties.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  41.8  51.7  61.6  5.6 "  0.0 "
 Feb  45.2  55.2  65.1  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Mar  50.8  61.2  71.6  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Apr  57.8  68.2  78.6  4.0 "  0.0 "
 May  65.8  75.6  85.4  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Jun  71.8  81.1  90.4  6.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  73.8  82.6  91.4  6.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  73.2  82.8  92.4  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  68.8  78.6  88.4  5.1 "  0.0 "
 Oct  58.8  69.6  80.4  5.4 "  0.0 "
 Nov  49.9  60.7  71.6  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Dec  43.8  53.7  63.6  5.4 "  0.0 "

Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60s and highs in the upper 70s. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50s. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80s and highs in the low 90s. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70s. Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60s and highs in the low 80s. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50s. Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50s and highs in the low 60s. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40s. While there is a potential for hurricanes, Lafayette is far enough inland to avoid the brunt of the storms.

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Cost of Living for Lafayette, Cajun Country, LA

Lafayette, Cajun Country, Louisiana cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Whether you enjoy fast-paced urban living or a quieter country setting, Lafayette is a great place to live. There are approximately 50 apartment complexes in Lafayette Parish made up of studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units in all price ranges. Traditional planned neighborhood developments like River Ranch, Sugarmill Pond, and Couret Farms are examples of communities with built-in amenities to service residents. Developments can be found along Vermilion River, near the university, and all of the area municipalities providing a suitable location for any size/type family.

Senior Assistance in Lafayette, Cajun Country, LA

Lafayette, Cajun Country, Louisiana offers the following assistance for seniors:

Lafayette Consolidated Government offer the Senior Center, consisting of three facilities: The Greenhouse, The Rosehouse, and the Senior Art Studio. The goal of the centers is to meet the needs of elderly persons from various social, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds through the continuous development of a comprehensive program of activities. Membership is open to persons who reside in Lafayette Parish and are 55 years of age and older. The programs at the Greenhouse provide educational and enrichment opportunities. Activities include: bingo, line dancing, monthly birthday parties, film series, computer classes, and informational luncheons. The Rosehouse is a health and wellness facility that provides nutritional and health related activities designed to stimulate physical and mental well being. Activities consist of health talks, an exercise equipment room, chair volleyball and exercise classes. The Senior Art Studio provides both classroom and exhibit space for creative expression. Activities include: classes in painting, porcelain art, and arts and crafts.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities for employment.

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