Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Introduction to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in St Martin county, is 8 miles NE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 111 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Lafayette area. There are 7,281 residents in Breaux Bridge.

Breaux Bridge History

Acadian pioneer Firmin Breaux bought a piece of land in 1771, which is now known as city of Breaux Bridge. Breaux’s branding iron was registered by 1774 and he became one of the major property owners of the area by 1786. The city got its name from the footbridge across the Bayou Teche made by Breaux in 1799. Breaux Bridge was officially founded in 1829. The city was incorporated in the year 1859.

Breaux Bridge and nearby Attractions

  • Longfellow - Evangeline State Historic Site
  • Oliver House
  • Chitimacha Indian Reservation and Museum
  • Wedell - Williams Memorial Aviation Museum

Things To Do In Breaux Bridge

Tourists to the city can visit Chicot State Park, Cypremort Point State Park, and Lake Fausse Pointe State Park; and enjoy the recreational facilities like camping, fishing, boating, and canoeing that are offered by these parks. One may also take a trip to Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance which exhibits art and local historical documents. Other places that one can visit are Shadows - on - the - Teche, Oliver House, and Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium.

Breaux Bridge Transportation

Lafayette Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Breaux Bridge Higher Education

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University, Mcneese State University provide facilities for higher education.

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High Points

Breaux Bridge strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Louisiana):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Breaux Bridge Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Breaux Bridge Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Breaux Bridge Affordability of Rents
Low Violent Crime
(vs. State)
Top 18% Breaux Bridge Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Comparing Breaux Bridge to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Louisiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Racial Diversity 6 5
Female Share of the Population 6 4
Male Share of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Age of the Population 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 9
Portion of People Married 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 2 7
Median Family Income 1 6
People in Middle Class or Better 1 4
People Above Poverty 1 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 6
Working at Home 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 5
Affordability of Rents 10 5
Housing Recently Built 7 7
People Living Alone 4 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 6 9

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Breaux Bridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 111 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County St Martin
Metro Area Lafayette
Standard Zip Codes 70517
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.273
Longitude -91.899

Breaux Bridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.1 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 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 82 F
Annual Precip 63.2 inches
Distance 37.9 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 59 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.1 inches
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Breaux Bridge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,281 100%
Male 3,492 48%
Female 3,789 52%
Under 18 2,191 30.1%
18+ 5,090 69.9%
65+ 891 12.2%
Median Age 31.8
Average Family Size 3.23
White 3,629 49.8%
African-American 3,543 48.7%
Asian 23 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0.1%
Other 20 0.3%
Mixed Race 58 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 47 0.6%

Estimated Breaux Bridge Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,902
Growth 621
Growth % 8.5%

Breaux Bridge Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.2%
French (except Basque) 15.5%
US/American 9.5%
French Canadian 9.3%
Acadian/Cajun 3.5%
African 2.2%
Irish 1.7%
English 1.4%
Italian 0.8%
German 0.8%
European 0.7%
Norwegian 0.4%
Dutch 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Butte Larose (70517)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Breaux Bridge 7,281 $31,570
Arnaudville 1,398 $26,583
Broussard 5,874 $45,668
Carencro 6,120 $27,539
Henderson 1,531 $22,891
Lafayette 110,257 $47,783
Parks 533 $36,042

Wal-mart in Breaux Bridge

(As of 2006)
1400 Rees Street
(337) 332-1280
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Breaux Bridge High Schools (2004)

Serves 905 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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