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Census Data for Thibodaux ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Thibodaux a population of 14,576 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Thibodaux a population of 14,566 people.

The city of Thibodaux is located in Lafourche Parish. The 2010 Census gave Lafourche Parish a population of 96,318 people. This means that Thibodaux had 15.12% of the parish's total population, making it Lafourche's most populous community.

At the same time, Louisiana had a population of 4,533,372 people, meaning that Thibodaux had 0.32% of the total population of Louisiana - making it the state's 21st most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Thibodaux, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Thibodaux reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Thibodaux might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Thibodaux has a total area of 6.03 square miles [15.6 km²].

Lafourche Parish has a land area of 1,068 square miles [2,766.7 km²]. At 6.03 square miles [15.6 km²], Thibodaux has 0.56% of the parish's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   29° 47' 39"   (or 29.79°)             [Map]

Lon:   -90° 48' 59"   (or -90.82°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (14,566 people) and land area (6.03 square miles [15.6 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Thibodaux had a population density of 2,417 people per square mile [933 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Thibodaux had a population of 14,431 people and a land area of 5.47 square miles [14.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 2,636 people per square mile [1,018 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Thibodaux. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Thibodaux had 6,324 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 14,566 people, this averages 2.3 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Thibodaux had a land area of 6.03 square miles [15.6 km²]. This translates to 1,049 Housing Units per square mile [405.2 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Thibodaux had 6,004 Housing Units, a population of 14,431 people and a land area of 5.47 square miles [14.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.4 people per Housing Unit and 1,097 Housing Units per square mile [423.6 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Thibodaux and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Lafourche Parish ...

The community of Thibodaux is located in Lafourche Parish and is the Parish Seat for Lafourche Parish.

The county had a population of 96,318 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 14,566 people, Thibodaux represented 15.12% of the parish's total.

In addition, where the city of Thibodaux has a population density of 2,417 people per square mile [933 people/km²], Lafourche Parish averages 90.2 people per square mile [34.81 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Lafourche Parish.

Population Rings for Thibodaux ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Thibodaux and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Thibodaux. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]114,576---
15 mi   [24 km]114,576---
20 mi   [32 km]657,055-2.81%
25 mi   [40 km]876,254-2.91%
30 mi   [48 km]1299,040-1.73%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Thibodaux, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Thibodaux. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 10.11% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Thibodaux was 6.03 square miles [15.6 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 5.47 square miles [14.2 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Thibodaux, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Thibodaux.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   29.794251°   (or 29°47'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.816395°   (or -90°48'59" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   29.792204°   (or 29°47'31" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.820095°   (or -90°49'12" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,388 feet to the northeast<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2405581) to Thibodaux. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Thibodaux. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   29.794480°   (or 29°47'40" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.816662°   (or -90°48'59" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 118.8 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Thibodaux. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Thibodaux.

Miscellaneous Information for Thibodaux ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county, parish and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Lafourche Parish or the city of Thibodaux:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Thibodaux:

GNIS ID for Thibodaux: 2405581

GNIS ID for Lafourche Parish: 558065

GNIS ID for Louisiana: 1629543

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 22 (Louisiana)

County Code: 057 (Lafourche Parish)

Place Code: 75425 (Thibodaux)

State & County Code: 22/057 (Louisiana / Lafourche Parish)

State & Place Code: 22/75425 (Louisiana / Thibodaux)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Thibodaux is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

US Postal Service ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Thibodaux, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. It's important to remember that the boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

Our list of ZIP codes for Thibodaux : 70301 & 70302.<7>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Thibodaux.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Louisiana

About Lafourche Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Thibodaux:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2018.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 302 degrees and a distance of 1,388 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 225 degrees and a distance of 118.8 feet.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Thibodaux or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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