Evangeline Parish, Louisiana

Evangeline Parish, Louisiana

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As of the census
Census
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of 2000, there were 35,434 people, 12,736 households, and 9,157 families residing in the parish. The population density
Population density
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 was 53 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 14,258 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 70.42% White
Race (United States Census)
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, 28.57% Black
Race (United States Census)
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 or African American
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.23% Native American
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.14% Asian
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.01% Pacific Islander
Race (United States Census)
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, 0.18% from other races
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, and 0.46% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic
Race (United States Census)
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 or Latino
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 of any race. 25.71% reported speaking French
French language
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 or Cajun French
Cajun French
Cajun French is a variety or dialects of the French language spoken primarily in Louisiana, specifically in the southern and southwestern parishes....

 at home.

There were 12,736 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 15.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the parish the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.10 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $20,532, and the median income for a family was $27,243. Males had a median income of $30,386 versus $16,793 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the parish was $11,432. About 27.20% of families and 32.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.10% of those under age 18 and 31.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


  • Basile
    Basile, Louisiana
    Basile is a town in Acadia and Evangeline parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 1,660 at the 2000 census.The Acadia Parish portion of Basile is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...

  • Chataignier
    Chataignier, Louisiana
    Chataîgnier is a village in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 383 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Chataîgnier is located at ....

  • Duralde
  • Mamou
    Mamou, Louisiana
    Mamou is a town in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,566 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Mamou is located at ....

  • Pine Prairie
    Pine Prairie, Louisiana
    Pine Prairie is a village in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,087 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Pine Prairie is located at ....

  • Bayou Chicot
    Bayou Chicot, Louisiana
    Bayou Chicot is an unincorporated community in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is located due north of Ville Platte.-About:Bayou Chicot is home to Chicot State Park, which features the largest man-made lake in the state...

  • Turkey Creek
    Turkey Creek, Louisiana
    Turkey Creek is a village in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 356 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Turkey Creek is located at ....

  • Ville Platte
    Ville Platte, Louisiana
    Ville Platte is a city in and the parish seat of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,145 at the 2000 census. Its name is derived from the French ville plate, or "flat town."-History:...

  • Lone Pine
  • Saint Landry

Education


Public Schools in Evangeline Parish are operated by the Evangeline Parish School Board
Evangeline Parish School Board
The Evangeline Parish School Board is an entity responsible for the operation of public schools in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is headquartered in the city of Ville Platte.-Schools:*Grades 5-12**Basile High School...

.

Notable natives and residents

  • Clint West (Clinton Guillory) was raised in L'anse Grise (Easton area - Gray Point) and became one of the pioneers of Swamp Pop music. Popular songs include, "Big Blue Diamonds" and "Please Mr. Jeweler." He was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame twice.

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana


Sources

  • Title: The Cajunization of French Louisiana: Forging a regional identity.

Authors: Trepanier, Cecyle Source: Geographical Journal; Jul 91, Vol. 157 Issue 2, p161, 11p, 2 charts, 10 maps
  • French, Cajun, Creole, Houma : a primer on francophone Louisiana / Carl A. Brasseaux.
  • http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/old_time_time/many.htm&date=2009-10-25+23:58:31
  • A history of Evangeline : its land, its men and its women who made it a beautiful place to live, Robert Gahn, Sr. ; edited by Revon John Reed, Sr. Baton Rouge, LA : Claitor's, c 1972
  • La voix des prairies, Evangeline Genealogical and Historical Society.
  • Bonnes nouvelles : good news about people, places and things in Evangeline Parish. Ville Platte, La. : Bonnes Nouvelles, 1993-
  • Fort Toulouse : The French Outpost at the Alabamas on the Coosa, Gregory A. Thomas

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