Introduction to Morgan City, Louisiana

Morgan City, Louisiana, in St Mary county, is 51 miles S of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center) and 70 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are 12,703 residents in the city.

Morgan City History

Morgan City is in Saint Mary Parish. The city is situated on the banks of the Atchafalaya River. It was originally called Tiger Island by surveyors who were appointed by U.S. Secretary of War, John Calhoun. Later on, the name of the city was changed to Brashear City. In fact, it was named after Walter Brashear who was a prominent Kentucky physician. The city was incorporated in the year 1860. In the year 1876, the city's name was changed to Morgan City as a tribute to Charles Morgan who was a rail and steamship magnate.

Morgan City and nearby Attractions

  • Wedell - Williams Memorial Aviation Museum
  • Shell Keys National Wildlife Refuge
  • Grevemberg House
  • Tickfaw State Park
  • Homochitto National Forest

Things To Do In Morgan City

The Wedell - Williams Memorial Aviation Museum, which tells the history of the aviation in the city, is a major tourist attraction. The Tickfaw State Park provides facilities for camping, boating, and picnicking. The Homochitto National Forest is another tourist attraction that is known for its rich vegetation. One can also visit the Grevemberg House and Shell Keys National Wildlife Refuge.

Morgan City Transportation

Air transport is available at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Morgan City Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from Nicholls State University, Louisiana Technical College, and Panola College.


Total Population 12,019
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,908
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $34,302
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,652
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,837


Median Family Income $50,257
% Above Poverty Level 77.9%
% Below Poverty Level 22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $676
Median House Value $116,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 4.1%

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

Morgan City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles S of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County St Mary
Standard Zip Codes 70380
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70381
Phone Area Codes 985
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.699
Longitude -91.206

Morgan City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 59 to 76 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 61 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.4 inches
Distance 22.2 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
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 63 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 68.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin 2,236 $34,773
Berwick 4,830 $57,857
Franklin 7,435 $37,158
Napoleonville 653 $25,278
Patterson 6,106 $52,438
Thibodaux 14,579 $53,716

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

Morgan City Public Libraries

Morgan City Public Library
Morgan City, Louisiana
(985) 380-4646

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Morgan City Hospitals

(504) 384-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Morgan City High Schools

Serves 740 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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