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

204 sq mi (527 km²)
191 sq mi (495 km²)
12 sq mi (32 km²), 6.10%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

21,601
113/sq mi (44/km²)
Founded 1807
Named for bâton rouge, French for red stick
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

West Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Bâton Rouge Ouest) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Port Allen and as of 2000, the population was 21,601. The parish has a highly-rated school system and is one of the few in Louisiana that has privatized school bus services. West Baton Rouge saw a very small percentage of growth after Hurricane Katrina with the latest estimate (July 2006) put about 864 extra residents into the parish.

West Baton Rouge Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

Contents

History

Prehistory

The Medora Site, a Plaquemine culture mound site located adjacent to Bayou Bourbeaux on the flood plain of Manchac Point, a hair-pin bend of the Mississippi River in the southeast corner of the parish, was instrumental in defining the Plaquemine culture and period.[1] The site was excavated in the winter of 1939-40 by James A. Ford and George I. Quimby, for the Louisiana State Archaeological Survey, a joint project of Louisiana State University and the Work Projects Administration.[2]

Historic era

West Baton Rouge Parish was formed in 1807; it was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.

The West Baton Rouge Museum, located in Port Allen, maintains historical information on West Baton Rouge Parish.

Law and government

West Baton Rouge Parish is governed by a parish council. The current Parish President is Riley "Pee Wee" Berthelot.

West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Office is led by Sheriff Mike Caze. The Chief Administrator is Major Leonard Tobiase.

The Sheriff Office is located in the parish court house at 850 Eighth Street in Port Allen Louisiana across the street from the West Baton Rouge Parish Governmental Building and Library.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 204 square miles (527 km²), of which, 191 square miles (495 km²) of it is land and 12 square miles (32 km²) of it (6.10%) is water.

Major highways

Minor Highwways

  • Louisiana 987-1.svg Louisiana Highway 987-1
  • Louisiana 987-2.svg Louisiana Highway 987-2
  • Louisiana 987-3.svg Louisiana Highway 987-3
  • Louisiana 988.svg Louisiana Highway 988
  • Louisiana 989-1.svg Louisiana Highway 989-1
  • Louisiana 989-2.svg Louisiana Highway 989-2
  • Louisiana 990.svg Louisiana Highway 990
  • Louisiana 1145.svg Louisiana Highway 1145
  • Louisiana 1148.svg Louisiana Highway 1148
  • Louisiana 3091.JPG Louisiana Highway 3091
  • Louisiana 3237.svg Louisiana Highway 3237

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 21,601 people, 7,663 households, and 5,739 families residing in the parish. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 8,370 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 62.78% White, 35.49% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Census Pop.  %±
1900 10,285
1910 12,636 22.9%
1920 11,092 −12.2%
1930 9,716 −12.4%
1940 11,263 15.9%
1950 11,738 4.2%
1960 14,796 26.1%
1970 16,864 14.0%
1980 19,086 13.2%
1990 19,419 1.7%
2000 21,601 11.2%
Est. 2006 22,463 [4] 4.0%
West Baton Rouge Parish Census Data[5]

There were 7,663 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.50% were married couples living together, 18.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% 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 3.20.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $37,117, and the median income for a family was $43,204. Males had a median income of $35,618 versus $22,960 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,773. About 13.20% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.20% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Education

West Baton Rouge Parish School Board operates area public schools.

See also

References

External links

Geology

Coordinates: 30°28′N 91°19′W / 30.46°N 91.31°W / 30.46; -91.31


Genealogy

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West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting West Baton Rouge Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat Port Allen
Largest City Port Allen
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 6.10%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

21601
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: bâton rouge, French for red stick

West Baton Rouge Parish (French: Paroisse de Baton Rouge Ouest) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Port Allen and as of 2000, the population was 21,601. The parish has a highly-rated school system and is one of the few in Louisiana that has privatized school bus services. West Baton Rouge saw a very small percentage of growth after Hurricane Katrina with the latest estimate (July 2006) put about 864 extra residents into the parish.

Contents

History

West Baton Rouge Parish was formed in 1807; it was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 527 km² (204 sq mi). 495 km² (191 sq mi) of it is land and 32 km² (12 sq mi) of it (6.10%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 21,601 people, 7,663 households, and 5,739 families residing in the parish. The population density was 44/km² (113/sq mi). There were 8,370 housing units at an average density of 17/km² (44/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 62.78% White, 35.49% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,663 households out of which 37.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.50% were married couples living together, 18.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.10% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% 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 3.20.

In the parish the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $37,117, and the median income for a family was $43,204. Males had a median income of $35,618 versus $22,960 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,773. About 13.20% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.20% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

External links

Coordinates: 30°28′N 91°19′W / 30.46, -91.31


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