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Houma, Louisiana

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Houma is a city located in the southern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Louisiana.  Unsurprisingly, prior to meddling by outside European forces, this area was inhabited by the Houma people.  The Houma people are believed to be related to the Choctaw people.  The first Europeans to discover and colonize this region were the French and Spanish.  Later, it would be settled by Acadians (Cajuns).  All these different peoples and cultures melded together into the present-day Cajun culture.  The city of Houma, Louisiana itself, however, was founded by United States citizens in 1834, at a former site established by the Houma people.  The settlers named this new city after the natives.  Houma means ‘red’ in the Houma language.  Houma, Louisiana was officially incorporated into a city in 1848.

Today, Houma, Louisiana, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 34,024 people.  This makes it the largest city in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.  Interestingly, Houma is the parish seat for Terrebonne as well.  Additionally, Houma is considered the principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 208,178 people.

Back in 2013, Houma, Louisiana was named an “affordable” city by Demographia’s International Housing Survey.  Due to the city’s geographical isolation, Houma, Louisiana is steeped in French and Cajun culture and history.  In fact, though economically this area is slowly beginning to change, many residents of Houma, Louisiana continue to make their living just as their ancestors did: as shrimpers or oystermen, crabbers, fishermen, trappers, etc…

As one could expect from a region steeped in Cajun culture, Houma, Louisiana boasts a large demographic fluent in French, Cajun cuisine, and festivals such as Mardi Gras.  Houma, Louisiana isn’t just home to Mardi Gras celebrations, however.  The city also hosts the annual Tab Benoit’s Voice of the Wetlands Music Festival.

Houma, Louisiana is also home to the second-oldest high school in the state, Terrebonne High School.  Possibly Houma, Louisiana’s greatest landmark, Downtown Houma is listed “as a significant historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.”  Downtown Houma features a walking tour, the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, the Folklife Culture Center, the Regional Military Museum, Southdown Plantation, the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, monuments to local armed forces, and many diverse eateries as well.

Houma’s local newspaper is The Courier, which is currently part of GateHouse Media.  When it first started as Le Courrier de Houma in 1878, though, it was published in four-page, half-French, half-English editions.  It was initially created by the French-born Lafayette Bernard Filhucan Bazet.

Perhaps interesting only to hardcore comics fans, but Houma, Louisiana and its surrounding environs serve as the setting for the world-famous Swamp Thing mythos.  Additionally, DC Comics’ Suicide Squad are based out of the fictional Belle Reve penitentiary in Houma, Louisiana.  Several Hollywood movies have at least been partially filmed in the area as well.  These include The Apostle, The Butler, Crazy in Alabama, A Lesson Before Dying, and Fight Club.

Any chance you might be the owner of a small business in and/or around the Houma, Louisiana area?  Have you ever considered the possibility of starting up such an endeavor?  If you do – or ever plan to – these resources listed below may be able to help guide you:

Apply for a Business License in Houma, Louisiana:

http://www.tpcg.org/index.php?f=sales_tax&p=application_form

Houma, Louisiana Business:

https://livability.com/la/houma/business

Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce:

https://houmachamber.com/

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