Rayne is a city in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,953 at the 2010 census, down from 8,552 in 2000. It is nicknamed the “Frog Capital of the World”, as well as the “Louisiana City of Murals”. Rayne is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area. An EF2 tornado hit Rayne on March 5, 2011, injuring at least twelve people and killing one person, leveling homes and causing natural gas leaks that prompted evacuations.In February 2016 a tornado struck through the town and killed at least 1 and left 12 others injured. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.9 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.18%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,552 people, 3,183 households, and 2,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,476.1 people per square mile (957.1/km2). There were 3,480 housing units at an average density of 1,007.6 per square mile (389.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.55% White, 33.52% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population. There were 3,183 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families.
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