Rayne, Louisiana

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Rayne, Louisiana
City of Rayne
Downtown Rayne
Downtown Rayne
Frog Capital of the World
Louisiana City of Murals
Location of Rayne in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Rayne in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°14′15″N 92°16′05″W / 30.23750°N 92.26806°W / 30.23750; -92.26806Coordinates: 30°14′15″N 92°16′05″W / 30.23750°N 92.26806°W / 30.23750; -92.26806
CountryUnited States
 • MayorChuck Robichaux (R)[1]
 • Total3.81 sq mi (9.86 km2)
 • Land3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
36 ft (11 m)
 • Total7,953
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,140.53/sq mi (826.47/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)337
FIPS code22-63645

Rayne is a city in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,953 at the 2010 census,[4] down from 8,552 in 2000. It is nicknamed the "Frog Capital of the World", as well as the "Louisiana City of Murals".

Rayne is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area.


An EF2 tornado hit Rayne on March 5, 2011, injuring at least twelve people and killing one person, leveling homes and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations.[5][6][7][8]

In February 2016 a tornado struck through the town and killed at least 1 and left 12 others injured.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.18%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20188,071[3]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 8,552 people, 3,183 households, and 2,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,476.1 people per square mile (957.1/km2). There were 3,480 housing units at an average density of 1,007.6 per square mile (389.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.55% White, 33.52% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 3,183 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,369, and the median income for a family was $27,991. Males had a median income of $27,140 versus $14,980 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,588. About 24.5% of families and 29.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.2% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Rayne holds a yearly Frog Festival the second full weekend in November as of 2008. The festival, which used to be held on the first full weekend of September following Labor Day, attracts thousands of visitors.[11] As of 2015, the festival is held Mother's Day weekend.


The Acadia Parish School Board serves the city. Rayne High School, home of the Mighty Wolves, is located in Rayne.

Other schools in Rayne include:

  • Central Rayne Kindergarten - Pre-K and K
  • Martin Pettijean Elementary - Grades 1-3
  • South Rayne Elementary - 4-5
  • Armstrong Middle School - 6-8
  • Rayne Catholic Elementary

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ "Early voting ends Tuesday – What's on your ballot?". KATC. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rayne city, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/0269fa3ee4ca49fabcd0ef6e2c7bc379/LA--Louisiana_Tornado/ AP via Indiana Republic
  6. ^ http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20110305/NEWS01/110305004 The Daily Advertiser
  7. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/05/louisiana.storm/ CNN
  8. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2011/03/05/people-injured-louisiana-tornado/ Fox News)
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ www.rayne.org "City of Rayne"

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