Link to U.S. News names Lafayette Louisiana’s best place to live  (opens in new window)

Lafayette eked ahead of Baton Rouge, Shreveport and New Orleans on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of best places to live. Cost of living buoyed Lafayette’s overall ranking, despite a relatively low “quality of life” score. Overall, Lafayette scored 84th in the national ranking, coming out on top of nearby metros Houston (97th) and Dallas (95th). U.S. News scored Louisiana dead last in its state rankings.