River Ridge, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 29°57′43″N 90°13′04″W / 29.96194°N 90.21778°W / 29.96194; -90.21778
River Ridge
Census-designated place
RiverRidgeWelcome.jpg
Welcome to River Ridge sign on Jefferson Highway
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Coordinates 29°57′43″N 90°13′04″W / 29.96194°N 90.21778°W / 29.96194; -90.21778
Area 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 - land 2.8 sq mi (7 km2)
 - water 0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 22.22%
Population 14,588 (2000)
Density 5,181.6 / sq mi (2,000.6 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of River Ridge in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

River Ridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 14,588 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

With the modern community being largely a suburban residential area of relatively recent origin, the history of River Ridge is thus fairly devoid of interesting events or drama, and is largely tied to the history of post-World War II Jefferson Parish.

The land that is now River Ridge was once composed of several large sugar plantations which lined the Mississippi River in traditional French long lot fashion. These plantations were established by and large in the late 18th century-early 19th century. The alignment of the major streets in the area are vestiges of this era. Major landowners included the Trudeau and Sauve Plantations. Sauve Road to this day continues to be a main thoroughfare in River Ridge.

In 1849 a major flooding event known as Sauve's Crevasse occurred. The then-crude river levee at the Sauve Plantation failed under the pressure of high water on the Mississippi, creating a massive flood which inundated much of the land to the east, including parts of New Orleans. This crevasse occurred where a former meander of the Mississippi River once branched to form the Metairie and Gentilly Ridges.

In the early 20th century an interurban line passed through this area linking the cities of New Orleans and Kenner, aligned along the present course of Jefferson Highway.

For many years the area remained rural farmland until large scale suburban development commenced in the early 1950s. By 1965 virtually all of the area along the Mississippi River between Harahan and Kenner was developed. This area at the time was largely known as Little Farms, a name which well described its pre-urban history; this was also the place name officially recognized by the Post Office. (To this day Little Farms Avenue remains a major River Ridge thoroughfare.) Other subdivision names such as "East Bank" and "Rural Acres" were used as place names for the area at the time. To eliminate confusion and create a unified sense of community identity, the area between Kenner, Harahan, Metairie, and the Mississippi River was officially renamed as "River Ridge" in 1974.

Geography[edit]

River Ridge is located along a 3-mile (4.8 km) stretch of Jefferson Highway and its boundaries include Harahan to the east, Kenner to the west, Metairie to the north, and the Mississippi River to the south.

River Ridge is located at 29°57′43″N 90°13′4″W / 29.96194°N 90.21778°W / 29.96194; -90.21778 (29.961875, -90.217696)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.2 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (21.07%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 15,713
1980 17,146 9.1%
1990 14,800 −13.7%
2000 14,588 −1.4%
source:[2][3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,588 people, 6,030 households, and 4,082 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,181.6 people per square mile (1,997.3/km²). There were 6,325 housing units at an average density of 2,246.6 per square mile (866.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.76% White, 10.99% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.92% of the population.

There were 6,030 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $46,286, and the median income for a family was $58,139. Males had a median income of $44,211 versus $28,285 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,088. About 6.7% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

  • Paradise Manor Community Club is the swimming and tennis club for River Ridge.
  • According to Census 2000, River Ridge had 30 houses valued at $1,000,000 or more.

Education[edit]

Jefferson Parish Public Schools operates public schools.[5] Students are zoned to Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary School in River Ridge,[6] Riverdale Middle School in Jefferson,[7] and Riverdale High School in Jefferson.[8] In regards to the advanced studies academies, students are zoned to Airline Park Academy.[9]

St. Matthew Catholic School is in River Ridge. Many of the Catholic high schools are close by such as Archbishop Rummel High School and Archbishop Chapelle. Non-Catholic schools located nearby include St. Martin's Episcopal School, Kehoe-France, John Curtis, and Ridgewood Preparatory School,

Jefferson Parish Library operates the River Ridge e-Branch in River Ridge.[10][11] The library held its grand opening ceremony on Tuesday July 26, 2005.[10]

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