Hackberry, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 29°59′11″N 93°23′50″W / 29.98639°N 93.39722°W / 29.98639; -93.39722
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Cameron
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Coordinates 29°59′11″N 93°23′50″W / 29.98639°N 93.39722°W / 29.98639; -93.39722
Area 93.7 sq mi (242.7 km2)
 - land 82.2 sq mi (213 km2)
 - water 11.4 sq mi (30 km2), 12.17%
Population 1,699 (2000)
Density 20.7 / sq mi (8 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 337
Location of Hackberry in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Hackberry is a census-designated place (CDP) in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,699 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Grammy Award nominated Hackberry Ramblers a Cajun Music group are also from Hackberry. They are also honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Hackberry is located at 29°59′11″N 93°23′50″W / 29.98639°N 93.39722°W / 29.98639; -93.39722 (29.986485, -93.397190).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 93.7 square miles (243 km2), of which, 82.2 square miles (213 km2) of it is land and 11.4 square miles (30 km2) of it (12.21%) is water.

Hurricane Ike[edit]

The community of Hackberry was essentially destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September 2008.[2] Hurricane Ike's 22-foot (6.7 m) storm surge crawled 60 miles inland and devastated Hackberry.[3][4] The small community was heavily flooded and all structures (houses, churches, buildings, etc.) were totally gutted.[2] Flooding caused by the hurricane killed many cattle and other farm animals.[2][5]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,699 people, 626 households, and 458 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 20.7 people per square mile (8.0/km²). There were 818 housing units at an average density of 9.9 per square mile (3.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.53% White, 0.47% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 626 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $37,366, and the median income for a family was $51,780. Males had a median income of $36,719 versus $25,192 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,332. About 3.9% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service Hackberry Post Office is located at 904 Main Street in the CDP.[7]


Hackberry is served by the Cameron Parish School Board. Hackberry High School, a primary and secondary school, serves Hackberry.

Cameron Parish Public Library operates the Hackberry Branch at 983 Main Street in the Hackberry CDP.[8]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hackberry has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]