Lafayette is located along Interstate 10 between New Orleans and Houston, and is at the south end of Interstate 49 that leads to Shreveport. It is the center of Acadiana, which includes the parishes of Acadia, Iberia, Evangeline, Lafayette, Vermilion, St. Mary, St. Martin and St. Landry. Lafayette is the capital of this eight-parish metro-retail area of more than 700,000 people. It is the financial, service, medical, educational, technological, cultural, energy, entertainment, and consumer capital of Acadiana. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette was founded in 1898 in Lafayette and is the second-largest, four year university in the state.
Also known as the Hub City, Lafayette has been ranked in the top 10 in several major publications as the best place to start and grow a business. Acadiana's top businesses bring in almost $1 billion annually. Lafayette is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and is a hub for the energy services sector. Lafayette has five major hospitals and two heart hospitals offering the best in cardiovascular care. Lafayette's crime rate is one of the lowest in the state for a city of its size.
Culturally, Lafayette is as diverse as they come and is home to the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Festival International, Performing Arts of Acadiana, University Art Museum, and Acadiana Village. And you cannot mention Lafayette or Acadiana without talking about food. The area is well known as one of the top places to visit in Louisiana if you are looking for great food. There are many fine restaurants that specialize in Cajun and Creole cuisine--famous dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and etouffee.
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