Abbeville is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 12,434 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Abbeville is the 37th largest community in Louisiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Abbeville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Abbeville is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Abbeville who work in sales jobs (17.24%), office and administrative support (12.97%), and teaching (5.91%).
One of the nice things about Abbeville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
As is often the case in a small city, Abbeville doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The citizens of Abbeville have a very low rate of college education: just 9.32% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Abbeville in 2010 was $16,629, which is lower middle income relative to Louisiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $66,516 for a family of four. However, Abbeville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Abbeville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Abbeville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Abbeville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Abbeville include French Canadian, Acadian/Cajun, German, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Abbeville is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Vietnamese.