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Scott, Louisiana
City of Scott
Downtown
Downtown
Motto(s): 
"Boudin capital of the world"
"Where the West begins"
Location in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Location in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°14′17″N 92°05′31″W / 30.23806°N 92.09194°W / 30.23806; -92.09194Coordinates: 30°14′17″N 92°05′31″W / 30.23806°N 92.09194°W / 30.23806; -92.09194
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Lafayette
Area
 • Total 11.64 sq mi (30.15 km2)
 • Land 11.64 sq mi (30.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,119
 • Density 697.5/sq mi (269.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-68475

Scott is the fourth largest municipality in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population 8,614 as of the 2010 U.S. census, and 8,119 at the 2020 census, up from 7,870 at the 2000 census. Scott is a suburban community of Lafayette and is part of the Lafayette metropolitan statistical area in Acadiana.

History

In 1902, Gabby Anderson built a western style saloon to serve as "an exclusive, all- men's bar and a meeting place for old folks." His reason for the saloon is because he believed "this is where the west begins". However, it is believed that the slogan started because Scott was where eastern train fare rates ended and western train, referred to as the "West Line," fare rates began.

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Flags adorn the Hwy 90 marking Scott's centennial in 2007.

The rail line of the Union Pacific Railroad cuts the town in two. The main line used to be that of Southern Pacific Railway. The first settler of Scott was Alexander Delhomme, who took land in the northern part of the town. Delhomme owned the first hay-mowing machine, grit mill and cotton gin. By 1880, the train depot was completed and the town became a village. In 1907, the town was incorporated and named after J. B. Scott, who was Division Superintendent of Southern Pacific Railroad. The village became a town in 1960 and the town became a city in 1990.

On April 12, 2012, Scott, Louisiana was designated by the State Legislature of Louisiana as the "Boudin Capital of the World." This was no small feat and it meant that Broussard, Louisiana needed to relinquish the title [Broussard is now known as the "former Boudin Capital of the World" but has adopted the unofficial title of "Intergalactic Boudin Capital of Positive Infinity" ] and Jennings, Louisiana owns the title of "Boudin Capital of the Universe," while seemingly more prestigious titles, both Broussard and Jennings take a back seat to the boudinmania in Scott. The city of Scott's claim to the title is substantial, with more boudin purveyors per-capita than any other place in the state and a couple of the more prominent boudin makers to boot, no other city in Louisiana produces more links than Scott.

Geography

Scott is located at 30°14′17″N 92°5′31″W / 30.23806°N 92.09194°W / 30.23806; -92.09194 (30.237951, -92.091996).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 239
1920 324 35.6%
1930 344 6.2%
1940 407 18.3%
1950 688 69.0%
1960 902 31.1%
1970 1,334 47.9%
1980 2,239 67.8%
1990 4,912 119.4%
2000 7,870 60.2%
2010 8,614 9.5%
2020 8,119 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2020 U.S. census determined 8,119 people lived in the city. According to the 2020 population estimates program, 8,787 people lived in the city. At the 2019 American Community Survey, the racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 77.6% non-Hispanic white, 11.7% Black and African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.3% Asian, 2.2% some other race, and 2.9% multiracial. Hispanics and Latin Americans of any race made up 11.6% of the population. In 2019, the median household income was $54,551 and the poverty rate was 12.5%.

According to the 2000 census, there were 7,870 people, 2,920 households, and 2,143 families residing in the city. The population density was 885.6 people per square mile (341.8/km2). There were 3,154 housing units at an average density of 354.9 per square mile (137.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.78% White, 11.56% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latin Americans of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 2,920 households, out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,320, and the median income for a family was $41,538. Males had a median income of $31,446 versus $22,229 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,469. About 11.9% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person

  • Zachary Richard, Cajun singer, songwriter and poet
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