Sunset, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°24′30″N 92°03′58″W / 30.40833°N 92.06611°W / 30.40833; -92.06611
Sunset, Louisiana
Town
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Motto: The best place to be"
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Landry
Elevation 49 ft (14.9 m)
Coordinates 30°24′30″N 92°03′58″W / 30.40833°N 92.06611°W / 30.40833; -92.06611
Area 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 2,897 (2010)
Density 934.5 / sq mi (360.8 / km2)
Founded 1904
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 337
Location of Sunset in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: www.sunset.govoffice2.com
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Sunset is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,897 at the 2010 census. It is part of the OpelousasEunice Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Sunset is located at 30°24′30″N 92°3′58″W / 30.40833°N 92.06611°W / 30.40833; -92.06611 (30.408456, -92.066132).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.96%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 2,897 people, 1,129 households, and 787 families residing in the town. The population density was 934.5 people per square mile (360.8/km²). There were 1,226 housing units at an average density of 395.5 per square mile (153.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 47.6% White, 49.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 1,129 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 20 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.7 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

As of the 2009 American Community Survey,[3] the median income for a household in the town was $33,000, and the median income for a family was $62,708. Males had a median income of $59,375 versus $23,258 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,901. About 10.6% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 39.4% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

As many towns started in Southern Louisiana, Sunset began as a railroad town and was incorporated in 1904, with the first village meeting held on December 7 of that same year. Victor Hugo Sibille was the first mayor. It served for a brief time as the "Sweet Potato Capital of the Nation" at the turn of the 20th century.[4] Oddly enough, The Bank of Sunset was one of the very few that did not close throughout the Great Depression of 1929.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Sunset, Louisiana". City of Sunset. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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