Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 29°44′10″N 90°07′36″W / 29.73611°N 90.12667°W / 29.73611; -90.12667
Town of Jean Lafitte
Town
Intracoastal Waterway at Bayou Barataria.jpg
A portion of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Bayou Barataria
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 29°44′10″N 90°07′36″W / 29.73611°N 90.12667°W / 29.73611; -90.12667
Area 6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2)
 - land 6.0 sq mi (16 km2)
 - water 0.3 sq mi (1 km2), 4.76%
Population 1,903 (2010)
Density 324.7 / sq mi (125.4 / km2)
Mayor Timothy P. Kerner
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Jean Lafitte in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.townnofjeanlafitte.com

Jean Lafitte is a town on Bayou Barataria in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is named after the privateer Jean Lafitte. The population was 1,903 at the 2010 census.[2] It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Jean Lafitte is located at 29°44′10″N 90°07′36″W / 29.73611°N 90.12667°W / 29.73611; -90.12667 (29.735587, -90.122053).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16 km2), of which, 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (4.47%) is water.

History[edit]

In 2012, a historical marker for the community of Manila Village was placed in Jean Lafitte.[3][4][5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,137 people, 721 households, and 575 families residing in the town. The population density was 357.5 people per square mile (138.0/km²). There were 767 housing units at an average density of 128.3 per square mile (49.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.03% White, 0.61% African American, 2.76% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 721 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,833, and the median income for a family was $40,163. Males had a median income of $32,025 versus $22,697 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,209. About 14.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Lafitte residents are zoned to Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

Residents from K-6 are zoned to Leo E. Kerner Elementary School (formerly Lafitte Elementary School). 7-12 are zoned to Fisher Middle-High School.

The Leo. E. Kerner Jr. City Park Multi-Purpose Complex is located in Jean Lafitte. Jefferson Parish Library operates the Lafitte Library inside the complex. The over 4,500 square feet (420 m2) facility, which is almost three times larger than the previous library facility, opened on March 4, 2010. The previous library facility sustained damage during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, and the library contents were destroyed. The American Library Association donated $200,000 to the State of Louisiana, and the Louisiana Library Association's Disaster Relief Program awarded $20,000 of that to Jefferson Parish Library; the funds were used to rebuild the Lafitte Library. The previous library building became the Sheriff Harry Lee Police Station.[7]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jean Lafitte, Louisiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 8, 1995. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ Pia Lee-Brago (1 July 2012). "Pinoy fishermen honored at marker unveiling in Louisiana". Philippine Star. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Shirley Laska; Kristina Paterson; Michelle E. Alcina; Jonathan West; Ashley Volion (2010). "Enhancing Gulf of Mexico Coastal Communities'Resiliency Through Participatory Community Engagement". CHART Publications. University of New Orleans. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Historical Marker for Manila Village in Louisiana Unveiled". Department of Foreign Affairs. Republic of the Philippines. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Lafitte Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.