Carencro (/ˈkærənkroʊ/; historically French: St.-Pierre) is a small city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Lafayette. The population was 7,526 at the 2010 census, up from 6,120 in 2000. Its name is derived from the Cajun French word for buzzard: the spot where the community was settled was one where large flocks of buzzards roosted in the bald cypress trees. The name means “carrion crow.”
Carencro is located at 30°18′51″N 92°2′37″W / 30.31417°N 92.04361°W / 30.31417; -92.04361 (30.314232, -92.043614) and has an elevation of 39 feet (11.9 m).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,120 people, 2,237 households, and 1,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 1005.9 people per square mile (388.6/km²). There were 2,401 housing units at an average density of 394.6 per square mile (152.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.37% White, 42.19% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.
English was spoken by 74.33% of the population while French was spoken by 24.83% of the population.
There were 2,237 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 21.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,716, and the median income for a family was $27,539. Males had a median income of $27,879 versus $21,496 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,491. About 24.1% of families and 29.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.6% of those under age 18 and 27.1% of those age 65 or over.
Carencro Louisiana neighborhoods include: Bayou Bend, Benoit & Gayle, Bernard’s Tree & Concrete, Blueberry Fields, Bois Bechet, Carencro, Carencro Bears, Connoly/Sonnier Rd, Country Cove – Oak Ridge, Hackberry Place, Heritage Oaks North, Kidder/Meche/Trappey, Moss Bluff Estates and Cottages, N University Ave, Oak Springs, Settlers Cove, St Landry Parish, St Pierre Blvd, Wilderness Trail, Wisteria/Pinnacle