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Sunset is the "Rubboard Capital of the World" as proclaimed by the 2014 Louisiana Legislature via Resolution SRC81. A rubboard is only one of four musical instruments founded in the United States, and lifelong resident Tee Don Landry and his family are the reason for this designation. To date, he has handmade 2,200 rubboards and keeps a map of where each one calls home.

 

In addition to making its’ mark on music culture, Sunset is known for its contributions to the agricultural industry as a leading producer of sweet potatoes. But today it is also known for a popular horticultural event, The Celebration of Herbs and Gardens. Held each May, the Sunset Garden Club hosts this daylong event. Seventy-five vendors display native plants, herbs, vegetable plants, yard art and herbal products. Just on the outskirts of town and well worth the drive, is Chretien Point Plantation. Once the center of a 10,000-acre cotton plantation, this home’s history includes stories of the Civil War and a staircase that was replicated and used in Gone With the Wind!

The town has flourished in the past few years with small, entrepreneurial business owners setting up antique markets, thrift shops, antique stores, fused glass art galleries and studios, restaurants, and a Saturday morning farmers' market. Every March and September you can visit these shops for discounts on antique items during the Exit 11 Yard Sale, which includes the neighboring community of Grand Coteau.

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Sunset

Population

Total Population

3,157

Population
Growth Rate

1.05%

Median Age

37

Diversity Index

57.100

Housing & Income

Households

1,231

Total Housing Units

1,335


Owner Occupied

731

Renter Occupied

501

Vacant

104

Median Home Value

$137,168


Average Home Value

$176,849

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

1.05%


Per Capita Income

1.43%

Income Projection

Median Household

$37,798 $42,844


Average Household

$61,694 $66,176


Per Capita

$24,142 $25,924

Workforce

Total Businesses

73

Total Employed

523

Workers 16+

1,156

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

2

Employed

4

Construction

Businesses

4

Employed

39

Manufacturing

Businesses

1

Employed

7

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Some
High School

196

Graduated
High School

797

Associates
Degree

172

Bachelor's
Degree

272

Graduate
Degree

132

Average Commute Time

23 min.



Resident Commuters

325

Non-Resident Commuters

827

Drive Alone

1,063

Carpooled

68

Public

0

Work At Home

5


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