Lafitte, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 29°40′39″N 90°06′19″W / 29.67750°N 90.10528°W / 29.67750; -90.10528
Lafitte
Census-designated place
LafitteLAVoleosSeafood2.JPG
Seafood restaurant in Lafitte
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Coordinates 29°40′39″N 90°06′19″W / 29.67750°N 90.10528°W / 29.67750; -90.10528
Area 7.8 sq mi (20.2 km2)
 - land 5.7 sq mi (15 km2)
 - water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2), 26.92%
Population 1,576 (2000)
Density 276.5 / sq mi (106.8 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Lafitte in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Lafitte is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,576 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Located at the southern end of Louisiana Highway 45 along Bayou Barataria, fishing is a major part of the local economy and culture.

Geography[edit]

Lafitte is located at 29°40′39″N 90°6′19″W / 29.67750°N 90.10528°W / 29.67750; -90.10528 (29.677566, -90.105386).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 km2), of which, 5.7 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it (26.64%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

On a shrimp boat at Lafitte

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,576 people, 556 households, and 439 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 276.5 people per square mile (106.8/km²). There were 623 housing units at an average density of 109.3 per square mile (42.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.54% White, 1.14% African American, 2.28% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 556 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,872, and the median income for a family was $43,816. Males had a median income of $32,782 versus $25,729 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,839. About 14.3% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Lafitte residents are zoned to Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

Residents from K-6 are zoned to Lafitte Elementary School. 7-12 are zoned to Fisher Middle-High School.

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