Our friends at smartmoney.com have designated 3 cities in the great state of Louisiana as the best places to retire, and Lafayette is on the list! New Orleans and Natchitoches are also in the mix, for a variety of reasons. (FYI-we aslready KNOW the reasons people want to live here!)

For retirees, we have an added perk: It's cheap. The median home in Louisiana runs just over $127,000, while the cost of living is 11% lower than the national average, according to Sperling's Best Places - three cities that natives say embody the best of Louisiana, at an affordable price for retirees. FYI-even us non retirees love living here in the Bayou State!