Acadia Parish, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°16′N 92°24′W / 30.267°N 92.4°W / 30.267; -92.4

Acadia Parish (French: Paroisse de l'Acadie) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Crowley. In 2000, the population was 58,861. The parish was founded from parts of St. Landry Parish in 1887 after an election to determine the parish seat, ending when Crowley beat Rayne and Prairie Hayes.

Acadia Parish makes up the entire Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as part of the LafayetteAcadiana Combined Statistical Area.



The name of the parish is derived from the former French colony of Acadia in Canada (which consisted of the modern provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and much of New Brunswick) many of whose French-speaking inhabitants were deported to Louisiana in the Great Upheaval of 1755 (see Cajuns).


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