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Crowley, Louisiana
City of Crowley
Downtown Crowley
Downtown Crowley
Rice Capital of America
Where Life Is Rice And Easy
Location of Crowley in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Crowley in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Acadia
Incorporated 1887
 • Total 5.85 sq mi (15.16 km2)
 • Land 5.85 sq mi (15.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 11,710
 • Density 2,001.37/sq mi (772.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-18650

Crowley (Local pronunciation:) is a city in, and the parish seat of, Acadia Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2020 United States census, Crowley had a population of 11,710. Crowley is the principal city of the Crowley micropolitan statistical area, which includes all of Acadia Parish. It is also part of the larger LafayetteAcadiana combined statistical area.


Crowley is located at 30°12′49″N 92°22′25″W / 30.21361°N 92.37361°W / 30.21361; -92.37361 (30.213618, -92.373695) and has an elevation of 20 feet (6.1 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land.


Patrick Crowley

Crowley was founded in 1886 by C.C. Duson and W.W. Duson. Incorporated in 1887, W.W. Duson, General Manager of Southwest Louisiana Land Company, plotted and developed Crowley. W.W. Duson's daughter, Maime Duson, married Percy Lee Lawrence, who founded the First National Bank of Crowley. The 7-story building was once the tallest building between Houston and New Orleans. They lived with their three children, P.L. Jr., Pattee, and Jack at 219 East 2nd Street. The house is now on the historic register.

The town was named after Pat Crowley, an Irish railroad man who brought the railroad depot to W.W. Duson's land. Descendants of founder W.W. Duson, continue to live in Crowley.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 420
1900 4,214 903.3%
1910 5,099 21.0%
1920 6,108 19.8%
1930 7,656 25.3%
1940 9,523 24.4%
1950 12,784 34.2%
1960 15,617 22.2%
1970 16,104 3.1%
1980 16,036 −0.4%
1990 13,983 −12.8%
2000 14,225 1.7%
2010 13,265 −6.7%
2020 11,710 −11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Crowley racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 7,059 60.28%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,834 32.74%
Native American 25 0.21%
Asian 51 0.44%
Other/Mixed 348 2.97%
Hispanic or Latino 393 3.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,710 people, 4,807 households, and 2,934 families residing in the city.

2019 census

At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 4,807 households.

In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 58.5% non-Hispanic or Latino white, 34.8% Black or African American, <0.0% Asian, 0.4% some other race, 1.9% two or more races, and 4.4% Hispanic and Latin American of any race. At the 2000 U.S. census, the racial and ethic makeup was 67.83% White American, 30.98% Black or African American, 0.15% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latin Americans were 1.10% of the population.

There were 4,807 households, and 33.5% were married couples living together, 18.5% male households with no female present, and 41.8% female households with no male present. The average family size was 3.34.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 5.4% aged 5 and under, 72.4% aged 18 and older, and 17.2% aged 65 and older. The median age was 37.7 years, up from 35 years at the 2000 United States census.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,972. Family households had a median income of $31,168, married couples had a median income of $50,066, and non-family households had a median income of $19,138. An estimated 37.1% of the population lived at or below the poverty line.


The Crowley High School "Fighting Gents" were State Division 3A champions in the 1989 football season and had an 8-2 regular season.

Crowley is also the home of Notre Dame High School. Notre Dame is an Acadia Parish-wide Catholic high school whose football program has won six state championships and numerous District Champion titles, in addition to numerous state championships in other sports, such as men's baseball, women's softball, men's tennis, men's track & field, and women's volleyball.

Notable people

  • John Breaux, member of United States Senate and House of Representatives
  • Jack Brooks, member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas from 1953 to 1995 and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1989 to 1995, born in Crowley
  • Tommy Casanova, Three-time all American LSU football 1969,70,71. A four-time All-Pro Cincinnati Bengals defensive back/punt returner from 1972 to 1977, former Louisiana State Senator.
  • Bill Cleveland, Crowley real estate developer and member of both houses of Louisiana state legislature from 1944 to 1964; defeated for third term in state Senate in 1964 by Edwin Edwards
  • Edwin Edwards, former governor of Louisiana, U.S. representative, and state senator
  • Jim Gueno, Green Bay Packers linebacker from 1976 to 1980
  • Eric Hetzel, former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
  • Chris John, former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Edward "Kidd" Jordan, jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator
  • Victoria Reggie Kennedy, native of Crowley, second wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  • Rose Wilder Lane, author James, Angelina and Laura are buried in the local cemetery.
  • J. D. "Jay" Miller, composer, musician, recording engineer
  • Phil Phillips, American singer and songwriter
  • Orlando Thomas, Minnesota Vikings defensive back from 1995 to 2001
  • Clifford Joseph Trahan, recorded white supremacist songs under the name Johnny Rebel
  • Godfrey Zaunbrecher, American football player
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