Broussard, Louisiana

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Broussard, Louisiana
City of Broussard
Downtown
Downtown
Motto(s): 
"Where Our Rich Culture Defines Us!"[1]
Location of Broussard in Lafayette and St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Broussard in Lafayette and St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°08′32″N 91°57′49″W / 30.14222°N 91.96361°W / 30.14222; -91.96361Coordinates: 30°08′32″N 91°57′49″W / 30.14222°N 91.96361°W / 30.14222; -91.96361
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishLafayette, St. Martin
Incorporated1884
Government
 • MayorRay Bourque (R)[2]
Area
 • Total17.89 sq mi (46.33 km2)
 • Land17.85 sq mi (46.23 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
33 ft (10 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,417
 • Density750/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
70518
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-10075
WebsiteBroussard, Louisiana

Broussard is a city in Lafayette and St. Martin parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 8,197 at the 2010 U.S. census, and 13,417 at the 2020 United States census.[4] Broussard is part of the Lafayette metropolitan statistical area.

History[edit]

The community was originally named Côte Gelée (Frozen Hill) because of its hilly ridge area and the severe winter of 1784. Broussard was founded in 1884. It was named after Valsin Broussard, a prominent local merchant, who formed the first vigilante committee when his own store was robbed. He was a direct descendant of Joseph Broussard de Beausoleil, one of the first 200 Acadians to arrive in Louisiana on February 27, 1765, aboard the Santo Domingo.[5]

Primary agricultural resources include sugarcane, soybean and hay production as well as horse and cattle farming. Principal industries consist of oil and gas service companies, food distributors, real estate developments and manufacturing.

Broussard has gone from a horse and buggy community, with large sugarcane plantation homes, to a current day industrial community with over 300 businesses. It was designated a city in November 2002.[6]

Geography[edit]

Broussard is located at 30°8′32″N 91°57′49″W / 30.14222°N 91.96361°W / 30.14222; -91.96361 (30.142329, -91.963644), in the southern Louisiana region of Acadiana.[7] Most of the city limits are located in Lafayette Parish with a small eastern portion of the city being located in St. Martin Parish.

The city of St. Martinville, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish is located about 10 miles (16 km) east of Broussard in which Louisiana Highway 96 passes through both communities. Louisiana Highway 182 and U.S. Route 90 also pass through the city with Lafayette, the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, being located northwest (7 miles (11 km)) and New Iberia, the parish seat of Iberia Parish, located southeast (14 miles (23 km)).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.6 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (29.5 km2) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km2) (0.18%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900290
191049972.1%
192060220.6%
193080633.9%
1940791−1.9%
19501,23756.4%
19601,60029.3%
19701,7076.7%
19802,92371.2%
19903,2139.9%
20005,87482.8%
20108,19739.5%
202013,41763.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

According to the 2020 United States census, 13,417 people lived in Broussard, up 63.7% from 8,197 at the 2010 census.[4] The 2019 American Community Survey determined the racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 78.4% non-Hispanic white, 14.7% Black and African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.3% Asian, 0.8% two or more races, and 4.7% Hispanic and Latin American of any race.[9]

Of the population in 2019, there were 4,370 households living in 5,018 housing units.[10][11] An average of 2.69 people lived in a household. In 2019, the median age of the city was 35.1, and there was a median household income of $82,677. Males had a median income of $62,012 versus $50,930 for females, and 13.3% of the population lived at or below the poverty line.

At the 2000 United States census,[12] there were 5,874 people, 2,197 households and 1,619 families residing in the town. The population density was 515.7 per square mile (199.1/km2). There were 2,346 housing units at an average density of 205.9 per square mile (79.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.31% White, 16.70% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latin Americans of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 2,197 households, of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.11.

28.8% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median household income was $36,676 and the median family income was $45,668. Males had a median income of $36,368 and females $21,833. The per capita income for the town was $18,441. About 9.5% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

In 2005, 84.9% of the population over the age of five spoke English at home, and 13.4% of the population spoke French.[13]

Sports[edit]

The Chitimacha Louisiana Open is a golf tournament of the Web.com Tour played at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club since 1992.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broussard, Louisiana". Broussard, Louisiana. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Election Returns: Lafayette Parish". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "QuickFacts: Broussard city, Louisiana". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  5. ^ www.carencrohighschool.org "Broussard named for early settler Valsin Broussard" Archived May 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Boundary Changes". Geographic Change Notes: Louisiana. Population Division, United States Census Bureau. May 19, 2006. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "2019 Demographic and Housing Estimates". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  10. ^ "QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "Geography Profile: Broussard city, Louisiana". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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