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Thibodaux Named Among ‘Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015’

THIBODAUX — Thibodaux, Louisiana, home of Nicholls State University, has a new moniker: “best small town to visit in 2015.” The distinction was bestowed upon the culturally rich bayou town by Smithsonian magazine, which is published monthly by the Smithsonian Institution.

Nestled near the northern tip of Lafourche Parish in south Louisiana, Thibodaux has a population of 14,500 and welcomes over 6,000 resident and commuter students to Nicholls each spring and fall.

The Queen City of Lafourche, as some locals affectionately refer to the town, was ranked No. 16 of 20 best small towns because of its historical significance to the sugar cane industry and plantation lifestyle, natural beauty amidst swamps and bayous, contribution to culinary innovation with the opening of the area’s first craft distillery, and residents’ hospitality (in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Nicholls housed more than 1,000 evacuees).

Only towns with a population of 20,000 or less were considered for the list.

Click here to read what New Orleans-based Nola.com had to say about the distinction. For Smithsonian’s complete list of best small towns, click here.