Houma – Bayou Cane – Thibodaux metropolitan area

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Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Area
Map of Louisiana highlighting the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux metropolitan area
Map of Louisiana highlighting the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux metropolitan area

The Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in the Acadiana region of southern Louisiana that covers two parishes - Lafourche and Terrebonne. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 194,477 (though a July 1, 2009 estimate placed the population at 202,973).[1]

The parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, is located 15 miles NNW from the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Houma. Bayou Cane is the commercial district of Terrebonne Parish and Lafourche Parish and is commonly referred to by locals as Houma. The metropolitan area is commonly referred to by locals as the "Houma-Thibodaux" area.

The metropolitan area's main thoroughfare is U.S. Highway 90, which runs east to west and passes directly between Houma and Thibodaux.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 194,477 people, 68,084 households, and 51,692 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 78.13% White, 15.40% Black, 3.91% Indigenous American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $35,073, and the median income for a family was $40,208. Males had a median income of $34,735 versus $20,095 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $15,930.

It is notable that during the Great Recession, the Houma-Thibodaux-Bayou Cane region maintained low unemployment rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the region registered a 3.5% unemployment rate in February 2009, the lowest of any metro area in the United States.[3]

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