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Overview

Introduction to Houma, Louisiana

Houma, Louisiana, in Terrebonne county, is 39 miles SW of Kenner, Louisiana (center to center) and 46 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Houma History

Houma was established in 1810. It was incorporated once in 1848 and again in the year 1898. Houma is named after the Houmas Indian tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the area.

Houma and nearby Attractions

  • Houma Golf Course
  • Lynn Park Shopping Center
  • Williams Avenue Recreation Center
  • Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

Things To Do In Houma

The Terrebonne Museum and the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum can be visited during your stay in the city. Saint John Church and Saint Matthews Episcopal Church are some of the local churches. Golf enthusiasts will surely be tempted to be at the Houma Golf Course. Tourists can enjoy shopping at the Lynn Park Shopping Center. Harmond Park and Williams Avenue Recreation Center are the places to chill out. Houma hosts several festivals and events like the Wetlands Festival, Calling of the Tribes Pow - Wow, and the Fall Rodeo every year.

Houma Transportation

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Houma Higher Education

Louisiana Technical College - L E Fletcher Campus is located in Houma. Tulane University of Louisiana, Nicholls State University, and Loyola University New Orleans also offer courses for higher studies.

People

Total Population 33,982
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 14,596
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 45%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $33,291
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,004
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,999

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,341
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $762
Median House Value $150,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 5.2%

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

Houma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SW of Kenner, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Terrebonne
Metro Area Houma
Standard Zip Codes 70360, 70363, 70364
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70361
Phone Area Codes 985
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.595
Longitude -90.719

Houma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HOUMA
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 63 F
Apr Temp 59 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.6 inches
Station THIBODAUX 3 ESE
Distance 12.4 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
Station NEW ORLEANS INTL AP
Distance 39.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 80 F
Annual Precip 64.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Allemand (70360)

Bayou Blue (70360)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lockport 2,556 $70,972
Thibodaux 14,579 $53,716

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

Houma Public Libraries

Library
Terrebonne Parish Library
424 ROUSSELL STREET
Houma, Louisiana
(985) 876-5861
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Houma Hospitals

TERREBONNE GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
8166 MAIN STREET
(985) 873-4141
Emergency Service: Yes

PHYSICIANS SURGICAL SPECIALTY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
218 CORPORATE DRIVE
(504) 853-1390
Emergency Service: No

LEONARD J CHABERT MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1978 INDUSTRIAL BLVD
(985) 873-1285
Emergency Service: Yes

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Houma High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ELLENDER MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
3012 PATRIOT DRIVE
985-868-7903
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

TERREBONNE HIGH SCHOOL
7318 MAIN STREET
985-879-3377
Serves 930 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN/TARC
105 MOFFET ROAD
985-872-2496
A Special Education School
Serves 57 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.4

EAST STREET SCHOOL
609 EAST STREET
985-876-1093
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
3181 GRAND CAILLOU ROAD
985-853-1201
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH/TVRC
3051 PATRIOT DRIVE
985-851-1163
A Vocational School

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