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View Poll Results: What city do you prefer?
Alexandria 1 1.54%
Baton Rouge 11 16.92%
Houma-Thibodaux 3 4.62%
Lafayette 15 23.08%
Lake Charles 3 4.62%
Monroe 1 1.54%
Morgan City 0 0%
Nachitoches 3 4.62%
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner 15 23.08%
Shreveport-Bossier City 11 16.92%
Other ____________________ 2 3.08%
Voters: 65. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-18-2010, 05:13 AM
 
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I'd have to say anywhere in Northwest Louisiana because of the State Parks and "hills". Hmmm... I'll go with Shreveport.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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Elaborate.[/quote]

Ok.....My comparisons to Lafayette and Monroe are:

Both homely and family oriented towns
The people are nice and friendly.
The overall build isn't that much different with the exception of Lafayettes recent retail and restaurant growth explosion.
Size in pop. Is close(but...Monroe city limits say otherwise 55k, but the silly town suburbs are not counted but if there were Monroe would be around 100k)

And with that last comparision comes the huge difference maker. The people here are very territorial. There are little villages of 2 to 5k all around Monroe and West Monroe. They struggle with having there own establishments and even have a tough time keeping mayors. The out of towners laugh at us and wonder why we do this because to them its all one city of Monroe, but we sound ridicous saying no, thats West Monroe, no that's Swartz, no that's Bawcomville, or no this belong to Richwood, and that's unclaimed parish land!

It took the former residents of southern Louisiana, to point out how silly and confusing that sounds and I must admit it really is pretty silly, but it doesnt bother us too much to address it. Eventually its all gonna be annexed to either Monroe or West Monroe one day

By the way...I just wanted to share something with all the people who say the people in southern Louisiana is what they favor. I paid attention for 2 days this week to find out a ratio of how many ex residents of southern Louisiana people live up here. The ratio is about 1 out of 7. Matter of fact had a friendly convo with a lady from Lafayette about how silly the divisions of the city is and how she loved Monroe. Then she went on how her family loves to kill a big ole hog and eat it all from snout to feet????? Loved those people!!
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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I live in Lake Charles, but I enjoy lafayette, and Baton Rouge. I like N.O. but don't think I'd move there, I'd probably live in Metarie if I lived in the N.O. area.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I like Lake Charles because it is close to my beloved Holly Beach (RIP), but I like Shreveport/Bossier City too because I love them casinos, cher.

When it comes to Louisiana it's ALL good, but South LA is the best. Lafayette too. If you had put Cameron on there, I would have chose it! LOL

20yrsinBranson
coonass at heart
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Size in pop. Is close(but...Monroe city limits say otherwise 55k, but the silly town suburbs are not counted but if there were Monroe would be around 100k)
Lafayette city limits alone exceed 114,000. Then, when including Broussard, Youngsville, Carencro and Scott (all contiguous municipalities), we're up to 153,000 without counting unincorporated areas. By the way, Lafayette Parish has the second smallest footprint land-wise behind Orleans Parish, yet has exceeded 200K in population. And Lafayette's economic influence is hardly contained within Lafayette Parish. 30K people each day commute from Iberia, St. Martin, Vermilion, St. Landry and Acadia parishes.

Nothing like New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but with the roads we have, it's miserable. It shouldn't take an hour to cross town!
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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I think the total population in the Lafayette metro area is something like 500k. I would agree based on the traffic. Baton Rouge has about 650k and New Orleans is about 1.3 million.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Laffy metro is no where near 500,000. More like 260k.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Laffy metro is no where near 500,000. More like 260k.
Annie, you pretty much nailed it. But, you're both right - sort of.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas - 2009 Estimate

New Orleans - 1,189,981
Baton Rouge - 786,947
Shreveport - 391,516
Lafayette - 263,171
Houma - 202,973
Lake Charles- 194,138
Monroe - 174,086
Alexandria - 154,101


Micropolitan Statistical Areas - 2009 Estimate

Hammond - 118,688
Opelousas - 92,326 (Lafayette)
New Iberia - 75,101 (Lafayette)
Crowley - 60,095 (Lafayette)
Ruston - 58,349
Abbeville - 56,141 (Lafayette)
Morgan City - 50,815
Fort Polk - 46,616
Bogalusa - 45,669 (New Orleans)
Minden - 40,544 (Shreveport)
Natchitoches- 39,255
De Ridder - 35,419
Jennings - 31,097 (Lake Charles)
Bastrop - 28,223 (Monroe)
Pierre Part - 22,874 (Baton Rouge)
Tallulah - 11,385


Combined Statistical Areas - 2009 Estimate

New Orleans - 1,235,650
Baton Rouge - 809,821
Lafayette - 546,834
Shreveport - 432,060
Lake Charles- 225,235
Monroe - 202,309
Fort Polk - 82,035 (Fort Polk and De Ridder)

Alexandria and Houma aren't listed here because their metros don't combine with any micro areas.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Oh yeah, the reference.

Population Estimates (http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/CBSA-est2009-annual.html - broken link)

If you have Excel or OpenOffice installed, chose the Excel option. What should prove interesting is that next Tuesday (12/21), the 2010 census data will be released.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, LA
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What is the difference between the Metropolitian statistics and the Combined Statistics. In those two categories you used the same cities.
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