Abbeville is a town in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. It is 150 miles to the west of New Orleans. Its population at the 2010 census was 12,257. Abbeville is the principal city of the Abbeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Vermilion Parish, and also part of the larger Lafayette–Acadiana Combined Statistical Area.
The city is home to many restaurants that serve authentic "Cajun" cuisine, as it is the center of "Cajun Country". A number of annual festivals are also celebrated here.
Modern Abbeville is a trade center for agricultural products, primarily rice and seafood. Many services for the oil and natural gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico are also provided by the city residents.