|Town of Erath|
Acadian Museum, 2009
|Elevation||7 ft (2.1 m)|
|Area||1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)|
|- land||1.5 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||1,453.7 / sq mi (561.3 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Erath is home of the Acadian Museum.
Roy R. Theriot, the mayor of Abbeville from 1956 to 1960 and the Louisiana state comptroller from 1960 until his death in office in 1973 was born in Erath. Allen Bares, who served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from 1972 to 1992, was born in Vermilion Parish and graduated from Erath High School in 1954.
Dudley J. LeBlanc, who also served in both houses of the legislature and ran for governor on three occasions, was reared in Erath and graduated from Erath High School. He made a fortune in the early 1950s peddling the patent medicine Hadacol.
In 2005, the storm surge forced inland by Hurricane Rita flooded most of the town. Water in many parts of town was up to six feet deep.
Erath is located at (29.959939, -92.035220).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,187 people, 819 households, and 580 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,453.7 people per square mile (562.9/km²). There were 884 housing units at an average density of 589.6 per square mile (228.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.12% White, 6.22% African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.52% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.
There were 819 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,836, and the median income for a family was $36,204. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $19,118 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,327. About 15.5% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.