Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana with Acadiana highlighted, and the heart of Acadiana in dark red
Location of Louisiana within the United States
Acadiana (French and Louisiana French: L'Acadiane) is the official name given to the French Louisiana region that has historically contained much of the state's Francophone population. Many are of Acadian descent and now identify as Cajuns or Louisiana Creoles. Of the 64 parishes that make up the U.S. state of Louisiana, 22 named parishes and other parishes of similar cultural environment make up this intrastate region.