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

1,119 sq mi (2,898 km²)
613 sq mi (1,587 km²)
506 sq mi (1,311 km²), 45.23%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

53,500
87/sq mi (34/km²)
Founded 1811
Named for Saint Mary
Time zone Central: 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 2000, the population was 53,500.

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

Contents

Geography

The parish has a total area of 2,898 km2 (1,119 mi2). 613 square miles (1,587 km²) of it is land and 506 square miles (1,311 km²) of it is water. The total area is 45.23% water.

Major highways

  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Louisiana Highway 83
  • Louisiana Highway 87
  • Louisiana Highway 317

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[1] 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]

Census Pop.  %±
1900 34,145
1910 39,368 15.3%
1920 30,754 −21.9%
1930 29,397 −4.4%
1940 31,458 7.0%
1950 35,848 14.0%
1960 48,833 36.2%
1970 60,752 24.4%
1980 64,253 5.8%
1990 58,086 −9.6%
2000 53,500 −7.9%
Est. 2006 51,867 [2] −3.1%
St. Mary Parish Census Data[3]

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

Cities and towns

Map of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Census-designated places

Education

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.[4]

Newspapers

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 natives and residents

See also

References

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


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Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Mary Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1811
Seat Franklin
Largest City Morgan City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 45.23%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

53500
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Saint Mary

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 2000, the population was 53,500.

Two prominent politicians have come from St. Mary Parish in recent years. Republican Murphy James "Mike" Foster, Jr. (born 1930), served as governor from 1996-2004. Democrat Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock (1915-1987) was the state House Speaker from 1952-1956 and lieutenant governor from 1960-1972.

Contents

Geography

The parish has a total area of 2,898 km2 (1,119 mi2). 1,587 km² (613 sq mi) of it is land and 1,311 km² (506 sq mi) of it is water. The total area is 45.23% water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 53,500 people, 19,317 households, and 14,082 families residing in the parish. The population density was 34/km² (87/sq mi). There were 21,650 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (35/sq mi). 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.

Cities and towns

Map of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

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


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