Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana
|Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Saint Helena|
|• Total||409 sq mi (1,060 km2)|
|• Land||408 sq mi (1,058 km2)|
|• Water||1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.27%|
|• Density||26/sq mi (10/km²)|
|Congressional districts||5th, 6th|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
The parish was one of the eight "Florida Parishes", areas that were once part of West Florida. It was annexed to the Orleans Territory in 1810 when West Florida dissolved its Louisiana claims. In 1832, the lower part of the parish was taken to form another parish named Livingston Parish and the courthouse moved to Greensburg, a more central location, where it remains today. St. Helena lost another portion of land in 1866, which added to land from Washington Parish and Livingston Parishes in 1868, formed Tangipahoa Parish.
From 1964 to 1984, St. Helena Parish was represented in the Louisiana State Senate by the Democrat businessman W. E. "Bill" Dykes. In 1983, as a casualty of redistricting, Dykes bowed out of contention in a race which would have pitted him against long-term Senate President Sixty Rayburn of Bogalusa, Louisiana.
In recent years, St. Helena experienced a series of scandals involving parish officials. In 1997, Sheriff Eugene Holland was found guilty of misuse of government funds and property and using prison inmates for personal labor. His replacement, Chaney L. Phillips (born c. 1950), served for only a year as sheriff before he was convicted of fraud and money laundering that he had committed while serving as the parish assessor. He was given an eight-year prison sentence on conviction in 1998 of having placed a political supporter on his assessor office staff; the individual performed no duties. Phillips was assigned to the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado. He did not serve the full eight years; he was released on May 23, 2003.
Ronald "Gun" Ficklin took over the sheriff's office from Phillips in 1998, but on February 5, 2007, Ficklin himself pleaded guilty on multiple counts involving his role in operating "chop shops" — reselling stolen automobiles and parts — using state prisoners to staff these activities and as a pit crew for his race car.
The parish has a total area of 409 square miles (1,060 km²). 408 square miles (1,058 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.27% water.
- Louisiana Highway 10
- Louisiana Highway 16
- Louisiana Highway 37
- Louisiana Highway 38
- Louisiana Highway 43
Louisiana Highway 441
Adjacent parishes and counties
- Amite County, Mississippi (north)
- Tangipahoa Parish (east)
- Livingston Parish (south)
- East Baton Rouge Parish (southwest)
- East Feliciana Parish (west)
||Amite County, Mississippi|
|East Feliciana Parish||Tangipahoa Parish|
|East Baton Rouge Parish||Livingston Parish|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,203 people residing in the county. 53.3% were Black or African American, 44.9% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of 2000, there were 10,525 people, 3,873 households, and 2,784 families residing in the parish. The population density was 10/km² (26/mi2). There were 5,034 housing units at an average density of 5 persons/km² (12 persons/mi2). The racial makeup of the parish was 46.53% White, 52.42% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,873 households, out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 18.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the parish, the population was spread out with 29.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $24,970, and the median income for a family was $29,950. Males had a median income of $30,218 versus $16,853 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,318. About 22.80% of families and 26.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.50% of those under age 18 and 23.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
The Elementary and High School in St. Helena Parish are part of the St. Helena Parish School System. The Middle School in St. Helena Parish is part of the Recovery School District of Louisiana.
Brushy Creek Impact Crater
St. Helena Parish contains the only meteorite impact crater reported from the state of Louisiana. This suspected impact crater is a roughly circular depression about 1.2 miles/2 km in diameter. Shocked quartz and intensely fractured quartz have been recovered from fractured and possibly altered sediments comprising its rim. It lies about 5.8 miles/9.3 kilometers southwest of Greensburg, Louisiana, in the southwest corner of St. Helena Parish. Louisiana Highway 37 cuts through the northern edge of this feature.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana
- Doris Lindsey Holland Rhodes
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- St Helena Parish Police Jury
- Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary