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Map of Louisiana's 64 parishes

The U.S. state of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas).

Forty-one parishes are governed by a council called the Police Jury. The other twenty-three have various other forms of government, including: president-council, council-manager, parish commission, and consolidated parish/city.

Louisiana was formed from French and Spanish colonies, which were both officially Roman Catholic. Local government was based upon parishes, as the local ecclesiastical division (French: paroisse or Spanish: parroquia). Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Territorial Legislative Council divided the Territory of Orleans (the predecessor of Louisiana state) into twelve counties. The borders of these counties were poorly defined, but they roughly coincided with the colonial parishes, and hence used the same names.[1]

On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes without abolishing the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845).[2]

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In 1811, a constitutional convention was held to prepare for Louisiana's admission into the Union.[3] This organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term for Louisiana's primary civil divisions has been parishes.

Listing

Parish
FIPS Code
[4]
Parish seat
[5]
Established
[5]
Origin
Etymology
[6]
Population
[5]
Area
[5]
Map
Acadia Parish 001 Crowley 1886 from part of St. Landry Parish. Named for the Acadians. &0000000000058861.00000058,861 &0000000000001703.0000001,703 sq mi
(&0000000000004411.0000004,411 km2)
State map highlighting Acadia Parish
Allen Parish 003 Oberlin 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. Henry Watkins Allen, the Confederate governor of Louisiana &0000000000025440.00000025,440 &0000000000001983.0000001,983 sq mi
(&0000000000005136.0000005,136 km2)
State map highlighting Allen Parish
Ascension Parish 005 Donaldsonville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Named for the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville, Louisiana &0000000000076627.00000076,627 &0000000000000784.000000784 sq mi
(&0000000000002031.0000002,031 km2)
State map highlighting Ascension Parish
Assumption Parish 007 Napoleonville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Named for the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, the oldest in the state &0000000000023388.00000023,388 &0000000000000944.000000944 sq mi
(&0000000000002445.0000002,445 km2)
State map highlighting Assumption Parish
Avoyelles Parish 009 Marksville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. The Avoyel Native American people &0000000000041481.00000041,481 &0000000000002242.0000002,242 sq mi
(&0000000000005807.0000005,807 km2)
State map highlighting Avoyelles Parish
Beauregard Parish 011 DeRidder 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. Confederate general P. G. T. Beauregard &0000000000032986.00000032,986 &0000000000003020.0000003,020 sq mi
(&0000000000007822.0000007,822 km2)
State map highlighting Beauregard Parish
Bienville Parish 013 Arcadia 1848 from part of Claiborne Parish. Named after the founder of the city of New Orleans, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville &0000000000015752.00000015,752 &0000000000002128.0000002,128 sq mi
(&0000000000005511.0000005,511 km2)
State map highlighting Bienville Parish
Bossier Parish 015 Benton 1843 from part Claiborne Parish. U.S. Representative Evariste Bossier &0000000000098310.00000098,310 &0000000000002245.0000002,245 sq mi
(&0000000000005815.0000005,815 km2)
State map highlighting Bossier Parish
Caddo Parish 017 Shreveport 1838 from part of Natchitoches Parish. Named for the Caddo Native American people &0000000000252161.000000252,161 &0000000000002427.0000002,427 sq mi
(&0000000000006286.0000006,286 km2)
State map highlighting Caddo Parish
Calcasieu Parish 019 Lake Charles 1840 from part of St. Landry Parish. Calcasieu, meaning crying eagle, is said to be the name of an Atakapa Native American leader &0000000000183577.000000183,577 &0000000000002834.0000002,834 sq mi
(&0000000000007340.0000007,340 km2)
State map highlighting Calcasieu Parish
Caldwell Parish 021 Columbia 1838 from part of Catahoula Parish and Ouachita Parish. Named for the locally prominent Caldwell family &0000000000010560.00000010,560 &0000000000001400.0000001,400 sq mi
(&0000000000003626.0000003,626 km2)
State map highlighting Caldwell Parish
Cameron Parish 023 Cameron 1870 from parts of Calcasieu Parish and Vermilion Parish. U.S. Secretary of War Simon Cameron &0000000000009991.0000009,991 &0000000000005003.0000005,003 sq mi
(&0000000000012958.00000012,958 km2)
State map highlighting Cameron Parish
Catahoula Parish 025 Harrisonburg 1808 from parts of Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish. Catahoula Lake, formerly within the parish's boundaries (now within LaSalle Parish) and named from a Tensas word meaning big, clear lake &0000000000010920.00000010,920 &0000000000001915.0000001,915 sq mi
(&0000000000004960.0000004,960 km2)
State map highlighting Catahoula Parish
Claiborne Parish 027 Homer 1828 from part of Natchitoches Parish. Governor of Louisiana William C. C. Claiborne &0000000000016851.00000016,851 &0000000000001988.0000001,988 sq mi
(&0000000000005149.0000005,149 km2)
State map highlighting Claiborne Parish
Concordia Parish 029 Vidalia 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Name is of uncertain origin and may be from an early land grant called New Concordia, from the "concord" reached by local authorities over a mutual surrender of slaves or for a mansion called Concord which was owned by Governor de Lemos &0000000000020247.00000020,247 &0000000000001939.0000001,939 sq mi
(&0000000000005022.0000005,022 km2)
State map highlighting Concordia Parish
De Soto Parish 031 Mansfield 1843 from parts of Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto &0000000000025494.00000025,494 &0000000000002317.0000002,317 sq mi
(&0000000000006001.0000006,001 km2)
State map highlighting De Soto Parish
East Baton Rouge Parish 033 Baton Rouge 1810 from West Florida territory. French phrase bâton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories &0000000000412852.000000412,852 &0000000000001219.0000001,219 sq mi
(&0000000000003157.0000003,157 km2)
State map highlighting East Baton Rouge Parish
East Carroll Parish 035 Lake Providence 1877 when Carroll Parish was divided. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence &0000000000009421.0000009,421 &0000000000001144.0000001,144 sq mi
(&0000000000002963.0000002,963 km2)
State map highlighting East Carroll Parish
East Feliciana Parish 037 Clinton 1824 when Feliciana Parish was divided. Felicite de Gálvez, the wife of Bernardo de Gálvez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory &0000000000021360.00000021,360 &0000000000001180.0000001,180 sq mi
(&0000000000003056.0000003,056 km2)
State map highlighting East Feliciana Parish
Evangeline Parish 039 Ville Platte 1910 from part of St. Landry Parish. Acadian heroine of the poem "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow &0000000000035434.00000035,434 &0000000000001760.0000001,760 sq mi
(&0000000000004558.0000004,558 km2)
State map highlighting Evangeline Parish
Franklin Parish 041 Winnsboro 1843 from parts of Carroll Parish, Catahoula Parish, Madison Parish and Ouachita Parish Founding Father Benjamin Franklin &0000000000021263.00000021,263 &0000000000001646.0000001,646 sq mi
(&0000000000004263.0000004,263 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin Parish
Grant Parish 043 Colfax 1869 from parts of Rapides Parish and Winn Parish. U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant &0000000000018698.00000018,698 &0000000000001721.0000001,721 sq mi
(&0000000000004457.0000004,457 km2)
State map highlighting Grant Parish
Iberia Parish 045 New Iberia 1868 from parts of St. Martin Parish and St. Mary Parish. Named by Spanish settlers in honor of the Iberian Peninsula &0000000000073266.00000073,266 &0000000000002670.0000002,670 sq mi
(&0000000000006915.0000006,915 km2)
State map highlighting Iberia Parish
Iberville Parish 047 Plaquemine 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, the brother of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville &0000000000033320.00000033,320 &0000000000001691.0000001,691 sq mi
(&0000000000004380.0000004,380 km2)
State map highlighting Iberville Parish
Jackson Parish 049 Jonesboro 1845 from parts of Claiborne Parish, Ouachita Parish and Union Parish U.S. President Andrew Jackson &0000000000015397.00000015,397 &0000000000001503.0000001,503 sq mi
(&0000000000003893.0000003,893 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson Parish
Jefferson Parish 051 Gretna 1825 from part of Orleans Parish Founding Father Thomas Jefferson &0000000000455466.000000455,466 &0000000000001664.0000001,664 sq mi
(&0000000000004310.0000004,310 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson Parish
Jefferson Davis Parish 053 Jennings 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America &0000000000031435.00000031,435 &0000000000001706.0000001,706 sq mi
(&0000000000004419.0000004,419 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson Davis Parish
Lafayette Parish 055 Lafayette 1823 from part of St. Martin Parish. Marquis de la Fayette &0000000000190503.000000190,503 &0000000000000700.000000700 sq mi
(&0000000000001813.0000001,813 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette Parish
Lafourche Parish 057 Thibodaux 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Was named Interior Parish until 1812 and Lafourche Interior Parish until 1853. French phrase la fourche or in English, the fork; Bayou Lafourche, or Fork Bayou, is a fork of the Mississippi River &0000000000089974.00000089,974 &0000000000003813.0000003,813 sq mi
(&0000000000009876.0000009,876 km2)
State map highlighting Lafourche Parish
La Salle Parish 059 Jena 1908 from part of Catahoula Parish. Explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle &0000000000014282.00000014,282 &0000000000001716.0000001,716 sq mi
(&0000000000004444.0000004,444 km2)
State map highlighting La Salle Parish
Lincoln Parish 061 Ruston 1873 from parts of Bienville Parish, Claiborne Parish, Jackson Parish and Union Parish. Abraham Lincoln &0000000000042509.00000042,509 &0000000000001223.0000001,223 sq mi
(&0000000000003168.0000003,168 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln Parish
Livingston Parish 063 Livingston 1832 from part of St. Helena Parish. U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston &0000000000091814.00000091,814 &0000000000001820.0000001,820 sq mi
(&0000000000004714.0000004,714 km2)
State map highlighting Livingston Parish
Madison Parish 065 Tallulah 1838 from Concordia Parish. U.S. President James Madison &0000000000013728.00000013,728 &0000000000001685.0000001,685 sq mi
(&0000000000004364.0000004,364 km2)
State map highlighting Madison Parish
Morehouse Parish 067 Bastrop 1844 from parts of Carroll Parish and Ouachita Parish. Early settler Abraham Morehouse &0000000000031021.00000031,021 &0000000000002085.0000002,085 sq mi
(&0000000000005400.0000005,400 km2)
State map highlighting Morehouse Parish
Natchitoches Parish 069 Natchitoches 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. The Natchitoches Native American people &0000000000039080.00000039,080 &0000000000003365.0000003,365 sq mi
(&0000000000008715.0000008,715 km2)
State map highlighting Natchitoches Parish
Orleans Parish 071 New Orleans 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Today coterminous with the City of New Orleans. Named after the Duke of Orléans, the regent of France &0000000000484674.000000484,674 &0000000000000907.000000907 sq mi
(&0000000000002349.0000002,349 km2)
State map highlighting Orleans Parish
Ouachita Parish 073 Monroe 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. The Ouachita Native American people. &0000000000147250.000000147,250 &0000000000001639.0000001,639 sq mi
(&0000000000004245.0000004,245 km2)
State map highlighting Ouachita Parish
Plaquemines Parish 075 Pointe a la Hache 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. A word meaning persimmons created from the Louisiana Creole French and the Mobile Native American language &0000000000026757.00000026,757 &0000000000006290.0000006,290 sq mi
(&0000000000016291.00000016,291 km2)
State map highlighting Plaquemines Parish
Pointe Coupee Parish 077 New Roads 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. French phrase la pointe coupée or in English, the place of the cut-off &0000000000022763.00000022,763 &0000000000001530.0000001,530 sq mi
(&0000000000003963.0000003,963 km2)
State map highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
Rapides Parish 079 Alexandria 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Named for local river rapids (French: rapides) &0000000000126337.000000126,337 &0000000000003527.0000003,527 sq mi
(&0000000000009135.0000009,135 km2)
State map highlighting Rapides Parish
Red River Parish 081 Coushatta 1871 from parts of Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. Named for Red River, which is part of the Mississippi River watershed &0000000000009622.0000009,622 &0000000000001041.0000001,041 sq mi
(&0000000000002696.0000002,696 km2)
State map highlighting Red River Parish
Richland Parish 083 Rayville 1868 from parts of Carroll Parish, Franklin Parish, Morehouse Parish and Ouachita Parish. Named for its rich land &0000000000020981.00000020,981 &0000000000001462.0000001,462 sq mi
(&0000000000003787.0000003,787 km2)
State map highlighting Richland Parish
Sabine Parish 085 Many 1843 from parts of Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. Named for the Sabine River and the so-called Sabine Free State &0000000000023459.00000023,459 &0000000000002620.0000002,620 sq mi
(&0000000000006786.0000006,786 km2)
State map highlighting Sabine Parish
Saint Bernard Parish 087 Chalmette 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint Bernard; presumably the patron saint of Bernardo de Galvez who granted land to the Canary Islanders who settled the area in 1778 while Louisiana was under Spanish rule. The Parish was previously named Terre-aux-Boeuf, "Land of Oxen" because of large herds of bison that once inhabited the area &0000000000067229.00000067,229 &0000000000004646.0000004,646 sq mi
(&0000000000012033.00000012,033 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Bernard Parish
Saint Charles Parish 089 Hahnville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint Charles &0000000000048072.00000048,072 &0000000000001062.0000001,062 sq mi
(&0000000000002751.0000002,751 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Charles Parish
Saint Helena Parish 091 Greensburg 1810 from West Florida territory. Saint Helena &0000000000010525.00000010,525 &0000000000001060.0000001,060 sq mi
(&0000000000002745.0000002,745 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Helena Parish
Saint James Parish 093 Convent 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint James &0000000000021216.00000021,216 &0000000000000668.000000668 sq mi
(&0000000000001730.0000001,730 km2)
State map highlighting Saint James Parish
Saint John the Baptist Parish 095 Edgard 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint John the Baptist &0000000000043044.00000043,044 &0000000000000901.000000901 sq mi
(&0000000000002334.0000002,334 km2)
State map highlighting Saint John the Baptist Parish
Saint Landry Parish 097 Opelousas 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint Landry &0000000000087700.00000087,700 &0000000000002432.0000002,432 sq mi
(&0000000000006299.0000006,299 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Landry Parish
Saint Martin Parish 099 Saint Martinville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Saint Martin &0000000000048583.00000048,583 &0000000000002115.0000002,115 sq mi
(&0000000000005478.0000005,478 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Martin Parish
Saint Mary Parish 101 Franklin 1811 from part of St. Martin County. Saint Mary. &0000000000053500.00000053,500 &0000000000001585.0000001,585 sq mi
(&0000000000004105.0000004,105 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Mary Parish
Saint Tammany Parish 103 Covington 1810 from West Florida territory. Legendary Indian Chief Tamanend. &0000000000191268.000000191,268 &0000000000002911.0000002,911 sq mi
(&0000000000007539.0000007,539 km2)
State map highlighting Saint Tammany Parish
Tangipahoa Parish 105 Amite 1868 from parts of Livingston Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish. Comes from an Acolapissa word meaning ear of corn or those who gather corn &0000000000100588.000000100,588 &0000000000002132.0000002,132 sq mi
(&0000000000005522.0000005,522 km2)
State map highlighting Tangipahoa Parish
Tensas Parish 107 Saint Joseph 1843 from part of Concordia Parish. The Tensas or Taensa Native American people. &0000000000006618.0000006,618 &0000000000001661.0000001,661 sq mi
(&0000000000004302.0000004,302 km2)
State map highlighting Tensas Parish
Terrebonne Parish 109 Houma 1822 from part of Lafourche Parish. French phrase terre bonne or in English, good land &0000000000104503.000000104,503 &0000000000005387.0000005,387 sq mi
(&0000000000013952.00000013,952 km2)
State map highlighting Terrebonne Parish
Union Parish 111 Farmerville 1839 from part of Ouachita Parish. Named for the union of states which make up the U.S. &0000000000022803.00000022,803 &0000000000002345.0000002,345 sq mi
(&0000000000006074.0000006,074 km2)
State map highlighting Union Parish
Vermilion Parish 113 Abbeville 1844 from part of Lafayette Parish. Both the Vermilion River and Vermilion Bay &0000000000053807.00000053,807 &0000000000003984.0000003,984 sq mi
(&0000000000010319.00000010,319 km2)
State map highlighting Vermilion Parish
Vernon Parish 115 Leesville 1871 from parts of Natchitoches Parish, Rapides Parish and Sabine Parish. Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, the first U.S. President &0000000000052531.00000052,531 &0000000000003474.0000003,474 sq mi
(&0000000000008998.0000008,998 km2)
State map highlighting Vernon Parish
Washington Parish 117 Franklinton 1819 from part of St. Tammany Parish. U.S. President George Washington &0000000000043926.00000043,926 &0000000000001751.0000001,751 sq mi
(&0000000000004535.0000004,535 km2)
State map highlighting Washington Parish
Webster Parish 119 Minden 1871 from parts of Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish and Claiborne Parish. U.S. statesman Daniel Webster &0000000000041831.00000041,831 &0000000000001593.0000001,593 sq mi
(&0000000000004126.0000004,126 km2)
State map highlighting Webster Parish
West Baton Rouge Parish 121 Port Allen 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812. French phrase bâton rouge meaning red stick. A red stick was used by local Native Americans to mark the boundaries between tribal territories &0000000000021601.00000021,601 &0000000000000527.000000527 sq mi
(&0000000000001365.0000001,365 km2)
State map highlighting West Baton Rouge Parish
West Carroll Parish 123 Oak Grove 1877 when Carroll Parish was divided. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence &0000000000012314.00000012,314 &0000000000000933.000000933 sq mi
(&0000000000002416.0000002,416 km2)
State map highlighting West Carroll Parish
West Feliciana Parish 125 Saint Francisville 1824 when Feliciana Parish was divided. Felicite de Gálvez, the wife of Bernardo de Gálvez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory &0000000000015111.00000015,111 &0000000000001051.0000001,051 sq mi
(&0000000000002722.0000002,722 km2)
State map highlighting West Feliciana Parish
Winn Parish 127 Winnfield 1852 from parts of Catahoula Parish, Natchitoches Parish and Rapides Parish. Louisiana state legislator Walter Winn &0000000000016894.00000016,894 &0000000000002478.0000002,478 sq mi
(&0000000000006418.0000006,418 km2)
State map highlighting Winn Parish

Defunct parishes

  1. Biloxi Parish formed in 1811 from West Florida territory. It was eliminated in 1812 when part of the former West Florida area was transferred to Mississippi Territory.[1]
  2. Carroll Parish formed in 1838 from part of Ouachita Parish. In 1877, it was divided into East Carroll Parish and West Carroll Parish.[1]
  3. Feliciana Parish formed in 1810 from West Florida territory. In 1824, it was divided into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish.[1]
  4. Pascagoula Parish formed in 1811 from West Florida territory. It was eliminated in 1812 when part of the former West Florida area was transferred to Mississippi Territory.[1]
  5. Warren Parish formed in 1811 from part of Concordia Parish, and merged into Concordia Parish and Ouachita Parish in 1814.[1]

Counties

The thirteen counties defined by the Territorial Legislative Council in 1803 were:

  1. Acadia County
  2. Attakapas County
  3. Concordia County
  4. German Coast County
  5. Iberville County
  6. Lafourche County
  7. Natchitoches County
  8. Opelousas County
  9. Orleans County
  10. Ouachita County
  11. Pointe Coupee County
  12. Rapides County

In addition, Feliciana County was established in 1810 from West Florida territory.

Fictional parishes

References

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Map of Louisiana's parishes

The U.S. state of Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas).

Louisiana was formed from French and Spanish colonies, which were both officially Roman Catholic. Consequently, local government was based upon parishes, as the local ecclesiastical division. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Territorial Legislative Council divided Orleans Territory (the predecessor of Louisiana state) into twelve counties. The borders of these counties were poorly defined, but they roughly coincided with the colonial parishes, and hence used the same names.[1]

On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845).[2]

In 1811, a constitutional convention was held to prepare for Louisiana's admission into the Union.[3] This organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term for Louisiana's primary civil divisions has been parishes.

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Alphabetical listing

Parish name FIPS code Parish seat Formed Origin Area Map
Acadia Parish 001 Crowley 1886 from part of St. Landry Parish. 1,703 km²
(658 mi²)
State map highlighting Acadia Parish
Allen Parish 003 Oberlin 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. 1,983 km²
(766 mi²)
State map highlighting Allen Parish
Ascension Parish 005 Donaldsonville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 784 km²
(303 mi²)
State map highlighting Ascension Parish
Assumption Parish 007 Napoleonville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 944 km²
(365 mi²)
State map highlighting Assumption Parish
Avoyelles Parish 009 Marksville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 2,242 km²
(866 mi²)
State map highlighting Avoyelles Parish
Beauregard Parish 011 DeRidder 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. 3,020 km²
(1,166 mi²)
State map highlighting Beauregard Parish
Bienville Parish 013 Arcadia 1848 from part of Claiborne Parish. 2,128 km²
(822 mi²)
State map highlighting Bienville Parish
Bossier Parish 015 Benton 1843 from part Claiborne Parish. 2,245 km²
(867 mi²)
State map highlighting Bossier Parish
Caddo Parish 017 Shreveport 1838 from part of Natchitoches Parish. 2,427 km²
(937 mi²)
State map highlighting Caddo Parish
Calcasieu Parish 019 Lake Charles 1840 from part of St. Landry Parish. 2,834 km²
(1,094 mi²)
State map highlighting Calcasieu Parish
Caldwell Parish 021 Columbia 1838 from part of Catahoula Parish and Ouachita Parish. 1,400 km²
(541 mi²)
State map highlighting Caldwell Parish
Cameron Parish 023 Cameron 1870 from parts of Calcasieu Parish and Vermilion Parish. 5,003 km²
(1,932 mi²)
State map highlighting Cameron Parish
Catahoula Parish 025 Harrisonburg 1808 from parts of Ouachita Parish and Rapides Parish. 1,915 km²
(739 mi²)
State map highlighting Catahoula Parish
Claiborne Parish 027 Homer 1828 from part of Natchitoches Parish. 1,988 km²
(768 mi²)
State map highlighting Claiborne Parish
Concordia Parish 029 Vidalia 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 1,939 km²
(749 mi²)
State map highlighting Concordia Parish
De Soto Parish 031 Mansfield 1843 from parts of Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. 2,317 km²
(894 mi²)
State map highlighting De Soto Parish
East Baton Rouge Parish 033 Baton Rouge 1810 from West Florida territory. 1,219 km²
(471 mi²)
State map highlighting East Baton Rouge Parish
East Carroll Parish 035 Lake Providence 1877 when Carroll Parish was divided. 1,144 km²
(442 mi²)
State map highlighting East Carroll Parish
East Feliciana Parish 037 Clinton 1824 when Feliciana Parish was divided. 1,180 km²
(456 mi²)
State map highlighting East Feliciana Parish
Evangeline Parish 039 Ville Platte 1910 from part of St. Landry Parish. 1,760 km²
(680 mi²)
State map highlighting Evangeline Parish
Franklin Parish 041 Winnsboro 1843 from parts of Carroll Parish, Catahoula Parish, Madison Parish and Ouachita Parish 1,646 km²
(635 mi²)
State map highlighting Franklin Parish
Grant Parish 043 Colfax 1869 from parts of Rapides Parish and Winn Parish. 1,721 km²
(665 mi²)
State map highlighting Grant Parish
Iberia Parish 045 New Iberia 1868 from parts of St. Martin Parish and St. Mary Parish. 2,670 km²
(1,031 mi²)
State map highlighting Iberia Parish
Iberville Parish 047 Plaquemine 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 1,691 km²
(653 mi²)
State map highlighting Iberville Parish
Jackson Parish 049 Jonesboro 1845 from parts of Claiborne Parish, Ouachita Parish and Union Parish 1,503 km²
(580 mi²)
State map highlighting Jackson Parish
Jefferson Parish 051 Gretna 1825 from part of Orleans Parish 1,664 km²
(642 mi²)
State map highlighting Jefferson Parish
Jefferson Davis Parish 053 Jennings 1912 from part of Calcasieu Parish. 1,706 km²
(659 mi²)
State map highlighting Jefferson Davis Parish
Lafayette Parish 055 Lafayette 1823 from part of St. Martin Parish. 700 km²
(270 mi²)
State map highlighting Lafayette Parish
Lafourche Parish 057 Thibodaux 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Was named Interior Parish until 1812 and Lafourche Interior Parish until 1853. 3,813 km²
(1,472 mi²)
State map highlighting Lafourche Parish
La Salle Parish 059 Jena 1908 from part of Catahoula Parish. 1,716 km²
(662 mi²)
State map highlighting La Salle Parish
Lincoln Parish 061 Ruston 1873 from parts of Bienville Parish, Claiborne Parish, Jackson Parish and Union Parish. 1,223 km²
(472 mi²)
State map highlighting Lincoln Parish
Livingston Parish 063 Livingston 1832 from part of St. Helena Parish. 1,820 km²
(703 mi²)
State map highlighting Livingston Parish
Madison Parish 065 Tallulah 1838 from Concordia Parish. 1,685 km²
(651 mi²).
State map highlighting Madison Parish
Morehouse Parish 067 Bastrop 1844 from parts of Carroll Parish and Ouachita Parish. 2,085 km²
(805 mi²)
State map highlighting Morehouse Parish
Natchitoches Parish 069 Natchitoches 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 3,365 km²
(1,299 mi²)
State map highlighting Natchitoches Parish
Orleans Parish 071 New Orleans 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Today coterminous with the City of New Orleans. 907 km² (350 mi²) State map highlighting Orleans Parish
Ouachita Parish 073 Monroe 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 1,639 km²
(633 mi²)
State map highlighting Ouachita Parish
Plaquemines Parish 075 Pointe a la Hache 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 6,290 km²
(2,429 mi²)
State map highlighting Plaquemines Parish
Pointe Coupee Parish 077 New Roads 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 1,530 km²
(591 mi²)
State map highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
Rapides Parish 079 Alexandria 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 3,527 km²
(1,362 mi²)
State map highlighting Rapides Parish
Red River Parish 081 Coushatta 1871 from parts of Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish, Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. 1,041 km²
(402 mi²)
State map highlighting Red River Parish
Richland Parish 083 Rayville 1868 from parts of Carroll Parish, Franklin Parish, Morehouse Parish and Ouachita Parish. 1,462 km²
(565 mi²)
State map highlighting Richland Parish
Sabine Parish 085 Many 1843 from parts of Caddo Parish and Natchitoches Parish. 2,620 km²
(1,012 mi²)
State map highlighting Sabine Parish
St. Bernard Parish 087 Chalmette 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 4,646 km²
(1,794 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Bernard Parish
St. Charles Parish 089 Hahnville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 1,062 km²
(410 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Charles Parish
St. Helena Parish 091 Greensburg 1810 from West Florida territory. 1,060 km²
(409 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Helena Parish
St. James Parish 093 Convent 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 668 km²
(258 mi²)
State map highlighting St. James Parish
St. John the Baptist Parish 095 Edgard 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 901 km²
(348 mi²)
State map highlighting St. John the Baptist Parish
St. Landry Parish 097 Opelousas 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 2,432 km²
(939 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Landry Parish
St. Martin Parish 099 Saint Martinville 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. 2,115 km²
(816 mi²).
State map highlighting St. Martin Parish
St. Mary Parish 101 Franklin 1811 from part of St. Martin County. 1,585 km²
(612 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Mary Parish
St. Tammany Parish 103 Covington 1810 from West Florida territory. 2,911 km²
(1,124 mi²)
State map highlighting St. Tammany Parish
Tangipahoa Parish 105 Amite 1868 from parts of Livingston Parish, St. Helena Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish. 2,132 km²
(823 mi²)
State map highlighting Tangipahoa Parish
Tensas Parish 107 Saint Joseph 1843 from part of Concordia Parish. 1,661 km²
(641 mi²)
State map highlighting Tensas Parish
Terrebonne Parish 109 Houma 1822 from part of Lafourche Parish. 5,387 km²
(2,080 mi²)
State map highlighting Terrebonne Parish
Union Parish 111 Farmerville 1839 from part of Ouachita Parish. 2,345 km²
(905 mi²)
State map highlighting Union Parish
Vermilion Parish 113 Abbeville 1844 from part of Lafayette Parish. 3,984 km²
(1,538 mi²)
State map highlighting Vermilion Parish
Vernon Parish 115 Leesville 1871 from parts of Natchitoches Parish, Rapides Parish and Sabine Parish. 3,474 km²
(1,342 mi²)
State map highlighting Vernon Parish
Washington Parish 117 Franklinton 1819 from part of St. Tammany Parish. 1,751 km²
(676 mi²)
State map highlighting Washington Parish
Webster Parish 119 Minden 1871 from parts of Bienville Parish, Bossier Parish and Claiborne Parish. 1,593 km²
(615 mi²)
State map highlighting Webster Parish
West Baton Rouge Parish 121 Port Allen 1807 One of the original 19 parishes. Was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812. 527 km²
(204 mi²)
State map highlighting West Baton Rouge Parish
West Carroll Parish 123 Oak Grove 1877 when Carroll Parish was divided. 933 km²
(360 mi²)
State map highlighting West Carroll Parish
West Feliciana Parish 125 Saint Francisville 1824 when Feliciana Parish was divided. 1,051 km²
(406 mi²)
State map highlighting West Feliciana Parish
Winn Parish 127 Winnfield 1852 from parts of Catahoula Parish, Natchitoches Parish and Rapides Parish. 2,478 km²
(957 mi²)
State map highlighting Winn Parish

Defunct parishes

  1. Biloxi Parish formed in 1811 from West Florida territory. It was eliminated in 1812 when part of the former West Florida area was transferred to Mississippi Territory.[1]
  2. Carroll Parish formed in 1838 from part of Ouachita Parish. In 1877, it was divided into East Carroll Parish and West Carroll Parish.[1]
  3. Feliciana Parish formed in 1810 from West Florida territory. In 1824, it was divided in 1824 into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish.[1]
  4. Pascagoula Parish formed in 1811 from West Florida territory. It was eliminated in 1812 when part of the former West Florida area was transferred to Mississippi Territory.[1]
  5. Warren Parish formed in 1811 from part of Concordia Parish, and merged into Concordia Parish and Ouachita Parish in 1814.[1]

Counties

The thirteen counties defined by the Territorial Legislative Council in 1803 were:

  1. Acadia County
  2. Attakapas County
  3. Concordia County
  4. German Coast County
  5. Iberville County
  6. Lafourche County
  7. Natchitoches County
  8. Opelousas County
  9. Orleans County
  10. Ouachita County
  11. Pointe Coupee County
  12. Rapides County

In addition, Feliciana County was established in 1810 from West Florida territory.

Fictional parishes

In the novel A Confederacy of Dunces, author John Kennedy Toole created the fictional "St. Odo of Cluny Parish".

In the novels Little Altars Everywhere, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Ya-Yas in Bloom, author Rebecca Wells created the fictional "Garnet Parish".

The movie Steel Magnolias was said to take place in the fictional "Chinquapin Parish".

References

  • Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2007-03-13. - Counties, parish seats, areas, names and date of formation of current parishes
  • Louisiana County Formation Maps. Retrieved on 2007-03-13. - Formation dates and origin of parishes
Lists of counties in the United States
(parishes in Louisiana; boroughs and census areas in Alaska)

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