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Overview

Introduction to Ville Platte, Louisiana

Ville Platte, Louisiana, in Evangeline county, is 35 miles NW of Lafayette, Louisiana and 140 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ville Platte History

The city of Ville Platte is the parish seat of Evangeline Parish. The name of the community means 'flat town' in French. Europeans first settled in the region around Ville Platte during the last half of the eighteenth century, when Louisiana was under Spanish rule. Marcellin Garand was the founder of Ville Platte and was an adjutant major in the army of the French Empire.

Ville Platte and nearby Attractions

  • Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum
  • Chicot State Park
  • Shadows - on - the - Teche
  • Marksville State Historic Site
  • Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium

Things To Do In Ville Platte

Tourists can visit the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium to learn more about the city’s history. The Chicot State park is popular spot where tourists can camp, hike and fish. The Shadows-on -the-Teche displays several historic exhibits and attracts a number of visitors.

Ville Platte Transportation

Air transportation is available from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Ville Platte Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Louisiana State University, Louisiana Technical College and Nicholls State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,338
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens19%
Employed Population 16+1,938
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married30.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.2%
Median Earnings25+$20,996
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,103
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,215

Wealth

Median Family Income$22,887
% Above Poverty Level61.6%
% Below Poverty Level38.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone42.2%
Median Gross Rent$467
Median House Value$84,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.8%
French Except Basque17.7%
English6.1%
Canadian3.2%
German3.2%
Irish1.7%
African1.2%
Welsh0.7%
Norwegian0.4%
Italian0.4%
Polish0.4%
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Ville Platte Almanac

CategoryValue
County Evangeline Parish
Standard Zip Codes70586
Phone Area Codes337
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.69
Approximate Longitude-92.28

Ville Platte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEUNICE
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp57 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp57 to 82 F
Annual Precip59.9 inches
StationBUNKIE
Distance19.2 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip61.7 inches
StationGRAND COTEAU
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp41 to 62 F
Apr Temp56 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp57 to 82 F
Annual Precip63.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chataignier279$41,875
Mamou3,203$27,154
Opelousas16,605$25,894
Pine Prairie1,242$49,875
Turkey Creek379$47,500
Washington792$42,500

Ville Platte Public Libraries

Evangeline Parish
916 WEST MAIN STREET
Ville Platte, Louisiana
(337) 363-1369

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Ville Platte Hospitals

Mercy Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
800 E Main St
(337) 363-9410

Ville Platte Public Schools

Bayou Chicot Elementary School
4576 Highway 167 North
ZIP: 70586
(337) 461-2687
Primary
Total Enrollment 791
Evangeline Central School
4587 Vidrine Road
ZIP: 70586
(337) 363-1089
Middle
Total Enrollment 89
James Stephens Montessori School
1500 Martin Luther King
ZIP: 70586
(337) 363-4745
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Vidrine Elementary School
5094 Vidrine Road
ZIP: 70586
(337) 363-4280
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Ville Platte Elementary School
708 High School Drive
ZIP: 70586
(337) 363-3068
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Ville Platte High School
210 West Cotton Street
ZIP: 70586
(337) 363-3387
Other
Total Enrollment 864

Ville Platte Private Schools

Christian Heritage Academy
607 Prosper St
ZIP: 70586
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 57
Sacred Heart High School
114 Trojan Ln
ZIP: 70586
Secondary
Total Enrollment 201
Sacred Heart School
532 E Main St
ZIP: 70586
Elementary
Total Enrollment 528
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