Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
|Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana|
Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||la pointe coupée, French for the place of the cut-off|
|Largest city||New Roads|
|• Total||591 sq mi (1,530 km2)|
|• Land||557 sq mi (1,444 km2)|
|• Water||33 sq mi (86 km2), 5.64%|
|• Density||41/sq mi (16/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Pointe Coupee Parish, pronounced "Point Kóo-Pee" and "Point Coo-Pea" in English (French: Paroisse de la Pointe-Coupée), is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,802. The parish seat is New Roads.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Education
- 6 Hurricanes
- 7 Notable natives and residents
- 8 National Guard
- 9 Industry
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The parish has a total area of 590 square miles (1,530 km²), of which, 557 square miles (1,444 km²) of it is land and 33 square miles (86 km²) of it (5.64%) is water. The land consists mainly of prairies and backswamp.
Pointe Coupee Parish has 498.98 miles of highways within its borders.
- Concordia Parish (north)
- West Feliciana Parish (northeast)
- West Baton Rouge Parish (east)
- Iberville Parish (south)
- St. Martin Parish (southwest)
- St. Landry Parish (west)
- Avoyelles Parish (northwest)
||Avoyelles Parish||Concordia Parish||West Feliciana Parish|
|St. Landry Parish||West Baton Rouge Parish|
|St. Martin Parish||Iberville Parish|
National protected area
Pointe Coupee Parish (pronounced point coo-pay) was organized by European Americans in 1805 as part of the Territory of Orleans (statehood for Louisiana followed in 1812). There were minor boundary adjustments with neighboring parishes up through 1852, when its boundaries stabilized.
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,763 people, 8,397 households, and 6,171 families residing in the parish. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 10,297 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 68.91% White, 29.61% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 93.61% of the population spoke only English at home, while 4.89% spoke French or Cajun French, 0.96% spoke Spanish, and 0.73% spoke Louisiana Creole French.
There were 8,397 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $30,618, and the median income for a family was $36,625. Males had a median income of $35,022 versus $20,759 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,387, ranking 23rd out of 64 parishes. About 18.70% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 23.90% are the age of 65 and older.
Cities and towns
The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board serves the parish.
In 2008, Pointe Coupee was one of the communities that suffered the most damage by Hurricane Gustav.
Notable natives and residents
- Lindy Boggs (1916-2013) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
- Emmitt Douglas (1926–1981) – president of the Louisiana NAACP from 1966–1981, resided in New Roads from 1949–1981
- Ernest Gaines – author
- Clark Gaudin - former state representative from East Baton Rouge Parish
- Buddy Guy - Singer
- Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, historian, did extensive research and writing about slavery in Louisiana, having discovered important documentation of the slave trade and individual slaves that provided new understanding of African-American history in Louisiana, including the specific ethnic origins in various African cultures of many slaves
- Russel L. Honoré - retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
- J. Thomas Jewell - state representative 1936-1968; Speaker of the Louisiana House 1960-1964
- Catherine D. (Kitty) Kimball - former Chief Justice of LA Supreme Court
- Zénon LeDoux, Jr. (1820–1850) – member and leader, Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1845; Louisiana Secretary of State, 1848–1850
- Major General John Archer Lejeune, career military officer and Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
- Hall Lyons (1923-1998) - Louisiana oilman and politician, owned at least two oil wells in Pointe Coupee Parish.
- deLesseps Story Morrison (1912–1964), born in New Roadsm was elected four times as mayor of New Orleans, serving from 1946 to 1962; he ran unsuccessfully three times for governor of Louisiana. He was also the United States ambassador to the Organization of American States.
- Jacob Haight Morrison, New Roads native, became a journalist, politician and preservationist, helping protect the French Quarter of New Orleans. His half-brother follows.
- Charles Parlange - former Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
- Julien Poydras – first Territorial Representative for Louisiana; 1st State Senate President, philanthropist.
- Albin Provosty (1865–1932) – Newspaper editor, preservationist (St. Francis Catholic Church – oldest in Mississippi River Valley), state senator, district attorney, member and leader Louisiana Constitutional Conventions of 1913 and 1921, President, Louisiana State Bar Association, builder of "Provosty Hall".
- Auguste Provosty (1818–1868) – state senator, member of 1860–61 Louisiana Secession Convention, chaired Committee which produced the bilingual Secession Ordinance.
- Olivier Otis Provosty (1852–1924) – state senator, member of 1898 Constitutional Convention that effectively disfranchised blacks in the state; later appointed as Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
- James Ryder Randall - poet, teacher at Poydras Academy, 1856–1860, wrote "Maryland, My Maryland" while living in Pointe Coupée Parish
- Nauman Scott - judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Alexandria
- Bennet Barton Simmes - state Senator who lived at White Hall Plantation, Legonier
- Paul Raymond Smith (born 1959) - former Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff
- Chris Williams - offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams
The 1088TH Engineer Company (Combat) resides in New Roads, Louisiana. This unit as part of the 256TH IBCT deployed to Iraq twice, 2004-5 and 2010. This units is a subordinate company of the 256TH BSTB (brigade special trooops battalion).
Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America has a large plant near Batchelor, Louisiana. NRG / Big Cajun 1 & 2 power plants near New Roads, LA
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- LSP – Troop Info – Troop A
- Louisiana @ SouthEastRoads – U.S. Highway 190
- Profile: Pointe Coupee Parish
- Gold Bug Software. "AniMap Plus: County Boundary Historical Atlas".
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.|
- Pointe Coupee Interactive Map
- Official Pointe Coupee Parish website
- Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, "THE LOUISIANA SLAVE DATABASE AND THE LOUISIANA FREE DATABASE: 1719-1820", iBiblio website
- Official Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office website
- Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
- Pointe Coupee at the Millennium Documentary Photography Project