Covington, Louisiana

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Covington
City
JusticeCenter.jpg
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishSt. Tammany
Elevation26 ft (7.9 m)
Coordinates30°28′44″N 90°06′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417
Area8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)
 - land8.0 sq mi (21 km2)
 - water0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 2.44%
Population8,765 (2010)
Density1,068.9 / sq mi (412.7 / km2)
Founded1813
MayorMike Cooper
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes70433, 70434, 70435
Area code985
Location of Covington in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.covla.com
 
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Coordinates: 30°28′44″N 90°06′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417
Covington
City
JusticeCenter.jpg
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishSt. Tammany
Elevation26 ft (7.9 m)
Coordinates30°28′44″N 90°06′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417
Area8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)
 - land8.0 sq mi (21 km2)
 - water0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 2.44%
Population8,765 (2010)
Density1,068.9 / sq mi (412.7 / km2)
Founded1813
MayorMike Cooper
TimezoneCST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes70433, 70434, 70435
Area code985
Location of Covington in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.covla.com
St. Peter Catholic Church

Covington is a city in and the parish seat of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1] The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census.[2] It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

Covington is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The earliest known settlement by Europeans in the area was in 1800 by Jacques Dreux. In 1813, John Wharton Collins established a town there with the name of Wharton. He is buried on the corner of the city cemetery directly across from the Covington Police Department. The city was renamed after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812.[3] Commerce was brought here by boat up the Bogue Falaya, which connects through the Tchefuncte River to Lake Pontchartrain. Then, in 1888, the railroad came to town.

In the late 20th century, with the expansion of Louisiana's road system, many people who worked in New Orleans started living in Covington, commuting to work via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. This is considered to be associated with white flight out of New Orleans, though the Jefferson Parish area saw the most expansion during this time. [4]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

Though Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Slidell, Covington was sufficiently elevated to escape the massive storm surge; however, the city suffered devastating wind damage. Following the storm, Covington, along with the rest of the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, experienced a population boom as a result of many former inhabitants of the New Orleans area being forced to move out of their storm-ravaged homes. The town's population continues to grow.

Geography[edit]

Covington is located at 30°28′44″N 90°6′15″W / 30.47889°N 90.10417°W / 30.47889; -90.10417 (30.479002, -90.104029)[5] and has an elevation of 26 feet (7.9 m).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.2 km2), of which 8.0 square miles (20.7 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 2.60%, is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 8,483 people, 3,258 households, and 2,212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,248.0 people per square mile (481.7/km²). There were 3,565 housing units at an average density of 524.5 per square mile (202.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.45% White, 20.17% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 3,258 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,949, and the median income for a family was $50,332. Males had a median income of $36,434 versus $23,859 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,438. About 11.8% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]

A 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) statue of Ronald Reagan on a 6-foot (1.8 m) base is reputed to be the world's largest of the former president.[9]

Notable people[edit]

Movies filmed in Covington[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Covington city, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Covington Historical Marker". 
  4. ^ Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "White Flight". 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Covington city, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/18405
  10. ^ Bellande, Ray L. "Harry Del Reeks (1920 - 1982)". Ocean Springs Archives. Retrieved February 2014. 

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