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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 7,988
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 3,328
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 37.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,065
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $514
Median House Value $86,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.8%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 1.9%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station LAFAYETTE REG AP
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
Station JENNINGS
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cankton 641 $51,875
Church Point 4,525 $25,508
Crowley 13,193 $35,593
Duson 1,950 $30,521
Estherwood 1,025 $48,529
Scott 8,865 $66,607

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

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RAYNE HIGH SCHOOL
1016 NORTH POLK STREET
337-334-3691
Serves 619 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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