Introduction to Rayne, Louisiana

Rayne, Louisiana, in Acadia county, is 14 miles W of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 132 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is located in the Lafayette metropolitan area. Rayne has a population of 8,552.

Rayne History

Rayne was founded by Dr. William H. Cunningham. The Louisiana Western Railroad first entered the area in 1880 and a railway station was established. It was named as Rayne Station after B. W. L. Rayne, an employee of the Louisiana Western Railroad. Rayne was incorporated in 1883 and J. D. Bernard became the first mayor of the city.

Rayne and nearby Attractions

  • City of Rayne Museum
  • Vermilionville
  • Cypremort Point State Park
  • Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium
  • Longfellow - Evangeline State Historic Site

Things To Do In Rayne

Rayne has many parks and playgrounds including the Mauboles Park and Gossen Memorial Park. In case you enjoy reading, the Rayne Branch Library is an ideal place to spend your free hours. The Rayne Museum will indeed help you to explore some of the area’s history. The city also hosts the Frog Festival every year, which attracts thousands of visitors.

Rayne Transportation

International air transportation is available from Chennault International Airport.

Rayne Higher Education

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southern University and A & M College, and Mcneese State University are some of the universities that offer facilities for higher studies to the residents of Rayne.


Total Population 7,984
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,539
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 36.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,569
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,040


Median Family Income $39,583
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $494
Median House Value $88,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.6%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 2.6%

Rayne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles W of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Acadia
Metro Area Lafayette
Standard Zip Codes 70578
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.234
Longitude -92.268

Rayne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station CROWLEY 2 NE
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 57 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 60.1 inches
Distance 17.2 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 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 59 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches

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Location Population Median Family Income
Cankton 713 $50,568
Church Point 4,529 $25,875
Crowley 13,219 $34,952
Duson 1,801 $31,429
Estherwood 846 $50,833
Scott 8,775 $66,641
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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