Introduction to Abbeville, Louisiana

Abbeville, Louisiana, in Vermilion county, is 18 miles S of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 123 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. About 11,887 people live in Abbeville.

Abbeville History

The land of Abbeville was purchased by Père Antoine Désiré Mégret. According to one theory the city was named after Abbé A.D. Mégret. However, another theory states that Mégret named the city after his hometown in France.

Abbeville and nearby Attractions

  • Abbeville Shopping Center
  • Magdalen Square
  • Abbeville Skating Center
  • Abbeville Church of Christ
  • Abbeville Cultural & Historical Alliance

Things To Do In Abbeville

Tourists of Abbeville shop at the Abbeville Shopping Center and the Lafitte Shopping Center. The Magdalen Square and the Comeaux Park are some of the local parks and come with several recreational facilities. The Abbeville Skating Center is also worth visiting. Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance is a notable site for all history lovers. Tourists can also be at the festivals hosted by the city such as the Cattle Festival and the Giant Omelette Celebration.

Abbeville Transportation

Chennault International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Abbeville Higher Education

Louisiana Technical College - Gulf Area Campus is in the city. Other colleges and universities that can be attended from Abbeville include University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southern University and A & M College, and Mcneese State University.


Total Population 12,381
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,473
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $37,396
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $622
Median House Value $78,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 2.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Abbeville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles S of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Vermilion
Standard Zip Codes 70510
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70511
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.974
Longitude -92.134

Abbeville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 60 F
Apr Temp 59 to 76 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 59 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.9 inches
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 62.1 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 62.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Abbeville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cow Island (70510)

Meaux (70510)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Broussard 9,637 $80,750
Delcambre 2,232 $46,850
Erath 2,144 $50,000
Kaplan 4,599 $35,000
Maurice 1,498 $70,357
Youngsville 10,109 $91,181

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Abbeville Public Libraries

Vermilion Parish Library
Abbeville, Louisiana
(337) 893-2655
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Abbeville Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(337) 893-5466
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 779 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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