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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.

People

Total Population 7,327
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 1,794
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 32.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $23,569
% Above Poverty Level 62%
% Below Poverty Level 38%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 38.1%
Median Gross Rent $503
Median House Value $86,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.2%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 2.3%

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

Ville Platte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles NW of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 140 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Evangeline
Standard Zip Codes 70586
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.687
Longitude -92.271

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)

Station EUNICE
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 57 to 82 F
Annual Precip 59.9 inches
Station BUNKIE
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 61.7 inches
Station GRAND COTEAU
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 82 F
Annual Precip 63.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chataignier 363 $46,458
Mamou 3,209 $26,295
Opelousas 16,638 $29,417
Pine Prairie 1,319 $47,625
Turkey Creek 357 $0
Washington 725 $36,607

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

Ville Platte Public Libraries

Library
Evangeline Parish Library
242 WEST MAIN STREET
Ville Platte, Louisiana
(337) 363-1369
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Ville Platte Hospitals

VILLE PLATTE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
800 E MAIN
(337) 363-5684
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ville Platte High Schools

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VILLE PLATTE HIGH SCHOOL
210 WEST COTTON STREET
337-363-3387
A Title I School.
Serves 693 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

VIDRINE HIGH SCHOOL
5094 VIDRINE ROAD
337-363-4280
A Title I School.
Serves 609 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

BAYOU CHICOT HIGH SCHOOL
4576 US HIGHWAY 167 NORTH
337-461-2687
A Title I School.
Serves 484 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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