According to a study by Kiplinger, Lafayette scored the best city for retirees in the state. Taking into consideration living costs, median incomes, and poverty rates for retirement-age residents, Lafayette proved worthwhile due to its low cost of living, which is 9.5% below the national average, and an abundance of health care facilities.
Along with these benefits, retirees can enjoy the rich culture of the city, such as renowned Cajun food that pays homage to its heritage, along with lively festivals, such as the Festival International de Louisiane.
Plus, it’s only two a half hours from New Orleans, so retirees can relish an exciting weekend getaway with little hassle. Over 12% of Lafayette’s population is over 65.