Realtor.com names Lafayette one of the "Next Urban Power Houses"

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - The Hub City was featured in Realtor.com's "The Next Urban Powerhouses: 10 Smaller Cities Poised to Skyrocket" along with cities like Gulfport, Mississippi, Salisbury, Maryland, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

"Recently, there's been a spike in new jobs here, many in the tech sector—about 60,000 in the past five years alone. That's an impressive feat for a city, about two hours west of New Orleans, best known for its Cajun cuisine.

Unusual for this area, Lafayette has a plethora of recently built homes. While new home construction languished nationally from 2010 to 2013, after the financial crisis, Lafayette was putting up new places at more than double the national average pace—and it's only accelerated from there."

You can see the full list of "urban powerhouse cities here.

“Everybody likes to think the quality of life in their town is unique,”  Jim Bourgeois, executive director for business development at One Acadiana, told Realtor.com. “But this is a place that has a cultural identity that few others can claim."

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