Does Lafayette have the most restaurants per capita?

Grayson Andrepont, 18 months, swallows a big bite of ice cream sundae Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Hub City Diner in Lafayette, La. (Photo: Leslie Westbrook, The Advertiser)

You’ve probably heard somebody say that Lafayette has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country.

Or at least I’ve heard that on multiple occasions. But I’m also a food writer and enthusiast, so that might be why.

I’ve always wondered where the claims come from and if there is a way to use data to confirm the rumor or set the record straight.

So that’s exactly what I decided to do.

For the record, neither our city nor our parish ranked No. 1 in the state.

But I was pleased by some of the other things I learned from the rankings. For instance, Lafayette ranks ahead of New Orleans for restaurants per capita.

Check back with Thursday for the full scoop on what I learned during this project and how our foodie paradise measures up.

Where the top most populous cities in Louisiana rank

Out of the 10 largest cities in Louisiana, Lafayette ranks No. 4 for restaurants per capita. There are more than three restaurants for every 1,000 residents in Lafayette. Here’s where how the cities ranked.

1. Houma 34,040 192 5.64042
2. Baton Rouge 229,426 897 3.90976
3. Monroe 49,761 186 3.73787
4. Lafayette 124,276 445 3.58074
5. New Orleans 378,715 1197 3.16069
6. Alexandria 48,426 156 3.22141
7. Lake Charles 74,024 229 3.09359
8. Bossier City 66,333 198 2.98494
9. Kenner 66,975 159 2.37402
10. Shreveport 200,327 433 2.16147

Source: The Daily Advertiser analysis

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