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The town of Washington, the third-oldest settlement in Louisiana, is a former French trading post that flourished thanks to the river the bayou that runs through it. The town was founded in 1720 on the banks of Bayou Courtableau, and eventually rose in prominence as a steamboat port that brought cattle, sugar and other farm goods from Cajun Country to markets in New Orleans. The last steamboat left Washington in 1900, leaving behind homes and warehouses that today form the heart of the town's historic district. In fact, 80 percent of the city is on the National Historic Registry.

See one of those historic buildings from the inside by dining at Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, or choose from one of the city's bed and breakfast accommodations. Washington is also a destination for cyclists—check out the Washington-Breaux Bridge Trail or the Washington to Eunice to Sunset Trail for details for examples of how to see Cajun Country on two wheels.

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Washington

Population

Total Population

930

Population
Growth Rate

-0.32%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

55.900

Housing & Income

Households

431

Total Housing Units

509


Owner Occupied

221

Renter Occupied

210

Vacant

78

Median Home Value

$147,973


Average Home Value

$185,068

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.16%


Per Capita Income

1.99%

Income Projection

Median Household

$24,599 $27,104


Average Household

$42,789 $47,209


Per Capita

$18,826 $20,780

Workforce

Total Businesses

41

Total Employed

304

Workers 16+

310

2021 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

10

Employed

36

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

9

Employed

34

2021 Central Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

32

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

4

Employed

32

2021 Finance/Insurance Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

32

2021 Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

1

Employed

28

Some
High School

149

Graduated
High School

268

Associates
Degree

6

Bachelor's
Degree

62

Graduate
Degree

34

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

168

Non-Resident Commuters

136

Drive Alone

301

Carpooled

0

Public

1

Work At Home

1


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