The Full Wiki

West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

426 sq mi (1,103 km²)
406 sq mi (1,052 km²)
20 sq mi (52 km²), 4.70%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

15,111
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Founded 1824
Named for Felicite de Gálvez
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

West Feliciana Parish (French: Paroisse de Feliciana Ouest) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Francisville and as of 2000, the population was 15,111. The Louisiana State Penitentiary is located in West Feliciana Parish in Angola.

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

Contents

History

Following the founding of "Bayou Sara" (now under the Mississippi river) settlement by Franciscan/Cappucin monks (St. Francis of Assisi) in the late 1600's, the area was explored further by land-grabbers from Spain, France, England AND the soon-to-come United States. All told, this area has existed under at least six "federal" flags thus far. Apparently the monks couldn't handle New Orleans and wanted privacy to make their wine and try to force conversion upon the Tunica, Biloxi, and cannibalistic BayouGoula tribes of indigenous peoples. The Tunica-Biloxi have since joined in order to remain economically & politically powerful, but the BayouGoula died-out before the Civil War, causes unknown.

West Feliciana was ORIGINALLY part of Florida, but was conjoined, with the other "Florida Parishes" when the "Louisiana" parcel of land was sold to the United States by France. Spain wasn't thrilled to lose that real estate, and for a time, the independent Republic of Feliciana held-off all comers, flying under the FIRST lone-star flag on the continent. When that didn't last and the Americans came a'calling, it was made part of Feliciana Parish which was founded in 1810 and was divided in 1824 into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish. The parish was formed in 1824. West Feliciana is historically Democratic in voter preference, and it was the only Louisiana parish in 1972 to support the Democratic national ticket of George McGovern and Sargent Shriver. However, the Republican presidential ticket of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney won the parish in 2004, 2,932 (56 percent) to 2,214 (42 percent) for the Democrats John F. Kerry and John Edwards. Bush and Cheney also won in West Feliciana in 2000, 2,512 (52 percent) to 2,187 (45 percent) for the Democratic ticket of then Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., and U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. John McCain also won the Parish.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,103km² (426sq mi). 406 square miles (1,052 km²) of it is land and 20 square miles (52 km²) of it (4.70%) is water.

Advertisements

Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

Demographics

Census Pop.  %±
1830 8,629
1840 10,910 26.4%
1850 13,245 21.4%
1860 11,671 −11.9%
1870 10,499 −10.0%
1880 12,809 22.0%
1890 15,062 17.6%
1900 15,994 6.2%
1910 13,449 −15.9%
1920 12,303 −8.5%
1930 10,924 −11.2%
1940 11,720 7.3%
1950 10,169 −13.2%
1960 12,395 21.9%
1970 11,376 −8.2%
1980 12,186 7.1%
1990 12,915 6.0%
2000 15,111 17.0%
Est. 2006 15,535 [1] 2.8%
West Feliciana Parish Census Data[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,111 people, 3,645 households, and 2,704 families residing in the parish. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 4,485 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 48.63% White, 50.51% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,645 households out of which 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the parish the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 40.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 191.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 223.60 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $39,667, and the median income for a family was $47,239. Males had a median income of $35,046 versus $21,922 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $16,201. About 15.00% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.30% of those under age 18 and 23.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

St. Francisville is the sole incorporated city. Wakefield is an unincorporated community.

Education

West Feliciana Parish Public Schools serves the parish.

Notable natives and residents

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 30°52′N 91°25′W / 30.87°N 91.42°W / 30.87; -91.42


Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

This article requires significantly more historical detail on the particular phases of this location's historical development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can..
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting West Feliciana Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1824
Seat St. Francisville
Largest City St. Francisville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 4.70%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

15111
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Felicite de Gálvez

West Feliciana Parish is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Francisville and as of 2000, the population is 15,111. The Louisiana State Penitentiary is located in West Feliciana Parish in Angola.

West Feliciana is home to one of Louisiana's best public school systems. The school system consistently scores among the top five districts in the state on standardized tests, and schools in the parish are growing at a rapid rate as parents seek to escape troubled school districts in neighboring East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes.

Contents

History

The parish was formed in 1824. West Feliciana is historically Democratic in voter preference, and it was the only Louisiana parish in 1972 to support the Democratic national ticket of George McGovern and Sargent Shriver. However, the Republican presidential ticket of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney won the parish in 2004, 2,932 (56 percent) to 2,214 (42 percent) for the Democrats John F. Kerry and John Edwards. Bush and Cheney also won in West Feliciana in 2000, 2,512 (52 percent) to 2,187 (45 percent) for the Democratic ticket of then Vice President Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., and U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

The parish is the home of the segregationist former Congressman John Richard Rarick, an attorney who practices in St. Francisville.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,103km² (426sq mi). 1,052 km² (406 sq mi) of it is land and 52 km² (20 sq mi) of it (4.70%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,111 people, 3,645 households, and 2,704 families residing in the parish. The population density was 14/km² (37/sq mi). There were 4,485 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (11/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 48.63% White, 50.51% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,645 households out of which 38.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the parish the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 40.00% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 191.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 223.60 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $39,667, and the median income for a family was $47,239. Males had a median income of $35,046 versus $21,922 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $16,201. About 15.00% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.30% of those under age 18 and 23.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Coordinates: 30°52′N 91°25′W / 30.87, -91.42


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
Facts about West Feliciana Parish, LouisianaRDF feed
County names West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana  +
County of country United States  +
County of subdivision1 Louisiana  +
Short name West Feliciana Parish  +

This article uses material from the "West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message