St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

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Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Mary Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded1811
Named forSaint Mary
SeatFranklin
Largest cityMorgan City
Area
 • Total1,119 sq mi (2,899.3 km2)
 • Land555 sq mi (1,438.4 km2)
 • Water564 sq mi (1,460.9 km2), 45.23%
Population
 • (2010)54,650
 • Density98/sq mi (38.0/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
 
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Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Mary Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded1811
Named forSaint Mary
SeatFranklin
Largest cityMorgan City
Area
 • Total1,119 sq mi (2,899.3 km2)
 • Land555 sq mi (1,438.4 km2)
 • Water564 sq mi (1,460.9 km2), 45.23%
Population
 • (2010)54,650
 • Density98/sq mi (38.0/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

St. Mary Parish (French: Paroisse de Sainte-Marie) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Franklin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,650.[1]

The Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of St. Mary Parish.

Geography[edit]

The parish has a total area of 1,119.4 square miles (2,899.3 km2). 555.4 square miles (1,438.4 km2) of it is land and 564.1 square miles (1,460.9 km2), or 50.4%, of it is water.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18306,442
18408,95038.9%
185013,69753.0%
186016,81622.8%
187013,860−17.6%
188019,89143.5%
189022,41612.7%
190034,14552.3%
191039,36815.3%
192030,754−21.9%
193029,397−4.4%
194031,4587.0%
195035,84814.0%
196048,83336.2%
197060,75224.4%
198064,2535.8%
199058,086−9.6%
200053,500−7.9%
201054,6502.1%
Est. 201253,697−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2012 Estimate[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 53,500 people, 19,317 households, and 14,082 families residing in the parish. The population density was 87 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 21,650 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 62.79% White, 31.79% Black or African American, 1.39% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 5.43% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 2.45% speak Spanish and 1.59% Vietnamese.[1]

There were 19,317 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the parish the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $28,072, and the median income for a family was $33,064. Males had a median income of $31,570 versus $18,341 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,399. About 20.60% of families and 23.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.30% of those under age 18 and 19.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Census-designated places[edit]

Education[edit]

St. Mary Parish School Board operates local public schools.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has the Chitimacha Day School in the Charenton community of unincorporated St. Mary Parish.[5]

Newspapers[edit]

St. Mary Parish has two daily newspapers, the Morgan City Daily Review (circulation under 6,000) and the Franklin Banner-Tribune in Franklin (circulation 3,350).

Notable people[edit]

National Guard[edit]

B Company 2-156TH Infantry Battalion of the 256TH IBCT resides in Franklin, Louisiana. This unit has deployed to Iraq twice, 2004-5 and 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ http://www.bia.edu/bie/contact_bie/school_directory.cfm
  6. ^ Marks, Jason. Around the World in 72 Days: The race between Pulitzer's Nellie Bly and Cosmopolitan's Elizabeth Bisland (Gemittarius Press 1993) (ISBN 978-09633696283)
  7. ^ "Clarke, Lewis Strong". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.com). Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Sally Clausen". regents.ohio.gov. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 32, 2002". lanewsbureau.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 

Coordinates: 29°38′N 91°28′W / 29.64°N 91.47°W / 29.64; -91.47