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

1,538 sq mi (3,984 km²)
1,174 sq mi (3,040 km²)
365 sq mi (944 km²), 23.70%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

53,807
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Founded 1844
Named for Vermilion River and Bay
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Vermilion Parish (French: Paroisse de Vermilion) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Abbeville. As of 2000, the population was 53,807.

Vermilion Parish is part of the Abbeville Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the LafayetteAcadiana Combined Statistical Area.

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History

Indigenous peoples lived in the area for thousands of years, in different cultures. By historic times, the Chitimacha and Atakapa inhabited the area and were the American Indians encountered by Spanish and French explorers and settlers. The tribes' numbers were drastically reduced as a result of exposure to Eurasian diseases to which they had no immunity.

French, Spanish, enslaved Africans, and French-Canadians from Acadia expelled after the Seven Years War won by Great Britain, had all entered the area by the end of the 18th century. As the population became mostly Cajun, the primary language was French for years. In the mid- to late 19th century, they were joined by European Americans; immigrants from Italy, recruited to work on the plantations, as well as Jewish immigrants from Germany and eastern Europe, who tended to settle in towns and become merchants.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,538 square miles (3,984 km²), of which, 1,174 square miles (3,040 km²) of it is land and 365 square miles (944 km²) of it (23.70%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

Home to a number of Cajun peoples, as of the census[1] of 2000, there were 53,807 people, 19,832 households, and 14,457 families residing in the parish. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 22,461 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 82.68% White, 14.17% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.89% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.64% speak Vietnamese and 1.02% Spanish.[1]

Census Pop.  %±
1900 20,705
1910 26,390 27.5%
1920 26,482 0.3%
1930 33,684 27.2%
1940 37,750 12.1%
1950 36,929 −2.2%
1960 38,855 5.2%
1970 43,071 10.9%
1980 48,458 12.5%
1990 50,055 3.3%
2000 53,807 7.5%
Est. 2006 56,021 [2] 4.1%
Vermilion Parish Census Data[3]

There were 19,832 households out of which 37.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $29,500, and the median income for a family was $36,093. Males had a median income of $31,044 versus $18,710 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $14,201. About 17.40% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.00% of those under age 18 and 21.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Incorporated Cities and towns

Map of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Unincorporated areas

Education

Vermilion Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

The schools serving Delcambre are located in Vermilion Parish and are operated by Iberia Parish School System.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 29°49′N 92°19′W / 29.81°N 92.31°W / 29.81; -92.31



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