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Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Cameron Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Cameron
Largest city Cameron
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,932 sq mi (5,003 km²)
1,313 sq mi (3,401 km²)
619 sq mi (1,602 km²), 32.03%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9,991
8/sq mi (3/km²)
Founded 1870
Named for Secretary of War Simon Cameron
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cameron Parish (French: Paroisse de Cameron) is the parish with the most land area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Cameron and as of 2000, the population was 9,991. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cameron Parish is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Lake Charles–Jennings Combined Statistical Area.

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History

Organized in 1870, the Parish is named for Simon Cameron, a Pennsylvanian who was President Abraham Lincoln's first secretary of war.

Cameron Parish was devastated by Hurricane Audrey on June 27, 1957, causing over 390 deaths, and then again by Hurricane Rita on September 24, 2005.

Three years after Rita, Hurricane Ike came ashore and brought a 22-foot (6.7 m) storm surge, which was far worse than Rita's 10-foot (3.0 m) surge.[1] Nearly every square inch of the coastline in that area was flooded heavily, with surge and floodwaters reaching 60 miles inland,[2] as far north as Lake Charles.[3] In Cameron Parish the communities of Cameron, Holly Beach, Hackberry, Creole, and Grand Chenier were essentially destroyed.[4] Hundreds of people had to be rescued from atop rooftops,[4] including 363 people who were rescued by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Search and Rescue teams in conjunction with the Louisiana National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard.[5]

Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,932 square miles (5,003 km²), of which, 1,313 square miles (3,401 km²) of it is land and 619 square miles (1,602 km²) of it (32.03%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 9,991 people, 3,592 households, and 2,704 families residing in the parish. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,336 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 93.65% White, 3.88% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.57% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.83% speak Spanish.[1]

Census Pop.  %±
1900 3,952
1910 4,288 8.5%
1920 3,952 −7.8%
1930 6,054 53.2%
1940 7,203 19.0%
1950 6,244 −13.3%
1960 6,909 10.7%
1970 8,194 18.6%
1980 9,336 13.9%
1990 9,260 −0.8%
2000 9,991 7.9%
Est. 2006 7,792 [7] −22.0%
Cameron Parish Census Data[8]

There were 3,592 households out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 20.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $34,232, and the median income for a family was $39,663. Males had a median income of $31,167 versus $19,113 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,348. About 9.10% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Census-designated places

Map of Cameron Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

(There are no incorporated municipalities in Cameron Parish.)

Other communities

Education

Cameron Parish School Board operates local public schools.

Cameron Parish Public Library is a public library system in Cameron Parish. All of the libraries are located in unincorporated areas.

The main Cameron Parish Library is at 469 Marshall Street in the Cameron CDP.[9]

The system operates six branches:[10]

  • Creole Branch at 184C East Creole Highway in the Creole area
  • Grand Chenier Branch at 2867 Grand Chenier Highway in the Grand Chenier area
  • Grand Lake Branch at 961 Highway 384 in the Grand Lake area
  • Hackberry Branch at 983 Main Street in the Hackberry CDP
  • Johnson Bayou Branch at 4586 Gulf Beach Highway in the Johnson Bayou area
  • Lowry Branch at 460 Lowry Highway in the Lowry area

See also

References

  1. ^ Margaret Saizan. "A Visual Story of Hurricane Rita" (in English). http://newyorkreview.org/mag/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=308&Itemid=36. Retrieved June 26 2007.  
  2. ^ Mega Surge
  3. ^ Surge floodwaters
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (2008-09-14). "Most of Louisiana’s Coast Still Flooded by Ike". KALB-TV. http://www.cenlamedia.com/alb/index.php/site/article/most-of-louisianas-coast-still-flooded-by-ike. Retrieved 2008-09-15.  
  5. ^ Search and Rescue Operations Coordinated by LDWF Transport 363 Residents to Safety During Hurricane Ike's Pass Through State, September 16, 2008 Emergency.louisiana.gov
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Cameron Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22023.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02.  
  8. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt. Retrieved 2008-02-02.  
  9. ^ "Louisiana Library Directory." State Library of Louisiana. Accessed September 22, 2008.
  10. ^ "CAMERON PARISH LIBRARY BRANCHES." Cameron Parish Public Library. April 6, 2005.

External links

Geology

Coordinates: 29°51′N 93°12′W / 29.85°N 93.20°W / 29.85; -93.20


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Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting Cameron Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1870
Seat Cameron
Largest City Cameron
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 32.03%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9991
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Secretary of War Simon Cameron

Cameron Parish (French: Paroisse de Cameron) is the parish with the most land area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Cameron and as of 2000, the population is 9,991. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. Organized in 1870, the Parish is named for Simon Cameron, a Pennsylvanian who was President Abraham Lincoln's first secretary of war.

Cameron Parish was devastated by Hurricane Audrey on June 27, 1957, causing over 390 deaths, and then again by Hurricane Rita on September 24, 2005, although the latter storm caused no deaths.

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Geography

The parish has a total area of 5,003 km² (1,932 sq mi). 3,401 km² (1,313 sq mi) of it is land and 1,602 km² (619 sq mi) of it (32.03%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,991 people, 3,592 households, and 2,704 families residing in the parish. The population density was 3/km² (8/sq mi). There were 5,336 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (4/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 93.65% White, 3.88% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.57% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.83% speak Spanish.[1]

There were 3,592 households out of which 39.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 20.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $34,232, and the median income for a family was $39,663. Males had a median income of $31,167 versus $19,113 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,348. About 9.10% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.

Census-designated places

Map of Cameron Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

(There are no incorporated municipalities in Cameron Parish.)

Community Churches

  • SweetLake United Methodist Church
  • Grand Chenier United Methodist Church
  • Wakefield United Methodist Church, Cameron
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church
  • Faith Temple
  • Bible Tabernacle
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

External link

Coordinates: 29°51′N 93°12′W / 29.85, -93.20


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