The decision to move across state lines can be daunting, especially with the amount of factors to consider. Whether your goal is to find a place for a fresh start or a place where you can flourish in your career, you’re likely looking for more than just a change of scenery. You want a place that not only offers a high quality of life but also a vibrant, unique culture—without costing you big-city dollars
If this sounds like you—South Louisiana should be at the top of your list! From warm southern sunsets and food that makes your heart (and tummy) happy, to countless opportunities to enjoy the eclectic art, music, and culture of the region, there is no place like South Louisiana to experience what locals call “joie de vivre” or the joy of living!
If that’s not enough to have you packing your bags, here are a few more reasons why you should consider calling South Louisiana home.
Low Cost-of-Living Meets Southern Charm
Here in the heart of Cajun Country, you can find (and buy) more house for your buck— and did we mention they’re loaded with architectural charm that even Joanna Gaines would be proud of? Many of the homes in Acadiana’s beautiful neighborhoods feature original wood floors, spacious front porches, stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and large live oaks decorating the yards. With an eclectic inventory of perfectly-priced homes on the market, you can easily find a three-bedroom, two-bath charming abode at an average price of $161,000—about 13.5% less than the national average.
As far as culture goes, we’ve got it spilling over our gumbo pots. You’ve likely heard about the south’s unbeatable hospitality, and the rumors are true. It’s not uncommon in South Louisiana for your neighbor to strike up a conversation with you like they’ve known you since childhood, and don’t be surprised if you get invited to the neighborhood block party on move-in day. We’re friendly!
Socialize Like a Southerner
If there’s one thing you can be sure of, South Louisiana knows how to “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll)! We’re a region that truly stands by the “work hard, play harder” mantra, so entertainment is never in short supply.
For the avid music buffs
Rest assured that you’ll have plenty of FREE live entertainment to fill up your calendars. From concert series in the Spring and Fall, to live performances at local music venues, and large-scale music and culture festivals like Festival International de Louisiane, you’ll have ample opportunity to get a taste of South Louisiana’s music scene.
For the foodies
The food in South Louisiana is always something to celebrate! Whether you’re getting acquainted with your neighbor’s secret family recipe for rice and gravy, or sampling the culinary delights served up at Acadiana’s acclaimed eateries, South Louisiana is one of the most legendary places to eat in the world. There’s something tasty for every occasion and every budget.
For the art lovers
Downtown Lafayette is home to amazing art galleries, studios, murals, statues, and performing arts. Unleash your creativity in the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District during ArtWalk, held the second Saturday of the month. Sip a glass of wine and take in live music while you stroll the tree-lined streets of downtown and enjoy art exhibits at locally-owned boutiques, shops, art galleries, and creative studios.
For the outdoorsmen
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or simply have a passion for adventure, come explore the hidden treasures of our “Sportsman’s Paradise.” From canoeing and bird watching in the swampy wildlife sanctuary of Lake Martin to winding your way through the hundreds of hiking and biking trails in our state parks, South Louisiana is the ultimate playground.
Roots that Run Deep
South Louisiana is proud of its unique culture influenced by the French and Creole-speaking residents in Acadiana. The entire region reflects a beautiful representation of Acadiana’s roots, where you’ll find historical reminders sprinkled in just about every establishment. From Cajun folk tours, to zydeco jam sessions, and two-steppin’ good times at the Blue Moon, there are endless ways to immerse yourself in local culture.
A Little Lagniappe – We’re a Little Extra
The region’s unique culture, stunning views, and timeless charm aren’t the only benefits of living in the heart of South Louisiana. Here, quality of life is second to none. A thriving business climate combined with the area’s education rates, housing costs, and median incomes, make South Louisiana the perfect place to play and an even better place to call home.
Whether your family is just starting out, you’re ready for a new adventure on your own in an exciting new place with solid opportunities, or your growing family is looking for a place where everyone can thrive, come learn more about what South Louisiana has to offer and why this is the perfect place for you to be you.