Community Profile

Southwest Louisiana is a region of diverse people and industries. Exemplified by southern hospitality, the fun and friendly atmosphere is coupled with a variety of activities and opportunities, which will make your temporary, or permanent visit, to the area a great experience.

The region offers individuals and families a variety of choices as to where and how to live. It provides numerous services geared towards education, health, safety and enjoyment.

An upward trend continues to be seen in the area's economy. Employment figures, total wages paid, taxable retail sales, and other economic indicators are on the rise. The cost of living in the area is consistently below the national average, based on the ACCRA Cost of Living Index.

Cultural events and resources are an integral part of life in Southwest Louisiana. SWLA supports a symphony orchestra, performing and visual arts group, as well as various museums and galleries. Our theaters offer full length plays and a variety of shows. SWLA has several dance companies, each with its own specialty from classical ballet to contemporary, modern, and ethnic dance.

Area residents' deep sense of faith is evident in the more than 200 churches, representing over 35 denominations in the region. A unique and interesting blend of deep south tradition, French-Acadian, English and Indian heritage, the area offers a multitude of activities, opportunities and experiences which makes Southwest Louisiana a great place to live, work and enjoy life.