Youngsville, Louisiana

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Youngsville is a city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,289 as of the 2005 Census Bureau estimates.[1] It is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Youngsville is located at 30°6′2″N 91°59′27″W / 30.10056°N 91.99083°W / 30.10056; -91.99083 (30.100595, -91.990707)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), all of it land.

Background

Youngsville today still reflects its history in its people, culture, traditions, and architecture. It was settled in the early 19th century by French Acadian farmers. Prior to 1839, George Roy and his son, Desire, laid out the area and named the community "Royville." The settlement had grown by 1859 large enough to establish one of the oldest Catholic Churches in Lafayette Parish; St. Anne Catholic Church, and had named its oldest street, Church Street. In 1908, the community had grown to village status and the U.S. Post Office requested that the community’s name be changed. The village was named "Youngsville," meaning young village, and incorporated. It chose a democratic government, an elected Mayor and three Aldermen, to govern its people.

The Village continued to develop and on January 20, 1983, Louisiana Governor David C. Treen declared the village a town. The town chose as its governing body, a Mayor and five Aldermen to accommodate its population.

Youngsville has been the fastest growing town in Louisiana from 1990 to 2005. Its population has increased by over 300 percent. Because of its growth, Youngsville was declared a city by Governor Kathleen Blanco.[2]

Although the city has extended its boundaries and expanded its services, Youngsville has remained a rural city surrounded by sugarcane farms which enjoy the unique atmosphere of an urban area of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana.[2]

Development

The creators of the River Ranch development in Lafayette have started a new mixed use planned community in Youngsville. Called Sugar Mill Pond, it will be home to over 2,000 housing units, a school, and town center with commercial establishments.

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