Crowley (Local pronunciation: ) is a city in, and the parish seat of, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 13,265 at the 2010 census but 14,225 in 2000, a loss of nearly 1,000 people. It is 63.8 percent Non-Hispanic White.Crowley is the principal city of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Acadia Parish. It is also part of the larger Lafayette–Acadiana Combined Statistical Area. Crowley was founded in 1886 by C.C. Duson and W.W. Duson. Incorporated in 1887, W.W. Duson, General Manager of Southwest Louisiana Land Company, plotted and developed Crowley. W.W. Duson’s daughter, Maime Duson, married Percy Lee Lawrence, who founded the First National Bank of Crowley.
The 7-story building was once the tallest building between Houston and New Orleans. They lived with their three children, P.L. Jr., Pattee, and Jack at 219 East 2nd Street. The house is now on the historic register. The town was named after Pat Crowley, an Irish railroad owner who brought the railroad depot to W.W. Duson’s land. Descendants of founder W.W. Duson continue to live in Crowley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 14,225 people, 5,294 households, and 3,668 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,895.1 people per square mile (1,118.6/km2).
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