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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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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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Lafayette, Cajun Country, Louisiana?

For those of you that retire in Lafayette, Cajun Country, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Lafayette, Cajun Country such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Lafayette, Cajun Country is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity with lots of moisture in the air may feel oppressive. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Lafayette, Cajun Country, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  42  51  61
 Feb  45  55  65
 Mar  51  61  72
 Apr  58  68  78
 May  66  75  85
 Jun  71  81  90
 Jul  73  82  91
 Aug  73  82  92
 Sep  68  78  88
 Oct  59  69  80
 Nov  50  61  72
 Dec  43  54  64

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  6  0
 Feb  0  2  0
 Mar  0  1  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  5  0  0
 Jun  14  0  0
 Jul  21  0  0
 Aug  22  0  0
 Sep  11  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  1  0
 Dec  0  4  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  6 "  10  44 %
 Feb  5 "  8  46 %
 Mar  4 "  8  52 %
 Apr  4 "  6  58 %
 May  5 "  8  66 %
 Jun  7 "  12  72 %
 Jul  6 "  13  74 %
 Aug  5 "  11  73 %
 Sep  5 "  9  69 %
 Oct  6 "  7  60 %
 Nov  5 "  8  53 %
 Dec  6 "  9  46 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
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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.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Lafayette, Cajun Country Offer For Retirees?

There are many opportunities for employment.

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