Lafayette, LA 

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Health in Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, LA is home to a range of excellent health care services. The area boasts several local hospitals as well as numerous medical facilities for both routine and specialized treatments. These hospitals and medical facilities are staffed with experienced professionals who provide quality care to the community. In addition to providing access to traditional healthcare services, Lafayette also provides access to alternative forms of healthcare, such as acupuncture and chiropractic services. With such a wide selection of health care options available it is no wonder that Lafayette residents enjoy good health overall.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 282 physicians per 100,000 population in Lafayette. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Lafayette area is 97.2 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

97.2 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Lafayette area is 10 (100=best). The US average is 55.

10 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Lafayette area is 97 (100=best). The US average is 87.

97 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Lafayette commutes 21.1 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Lafayette area is 50 (100=best). The US average is 58.

50 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Lafayette    37 Reviews
    Happiest and Tastiest - 11/18/2022
    I should add this to my previous review. Lafayette was ranked "Happiest City in the US" by USA Today magazine and "Tastiest Town" by Southern... Read More

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    The Good outweighs the bad - 11/12/2022
    I’m from Florida but I’ve lived in the Lafayette area for thirty-five years. I’ve never known nicer people. It’s true that non-Cajuns can never integrate entirely with... Read More

    Hottest neighborhoods in Laf. right now? - 2/20/2016
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