St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
|Saint Martin Parish, Louisiana|
St. Martin Parish Courthouse, St. Martinville, Louisiana
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||St. Martin|
|Largest city||Breaux Bridge|
|• Total||816 sq mi (2,115 km2)|
|• Land||740 sq mi (1,916 km2)|
|• Water||77 sq mi (198 km2), 9.38%|
|• Density||66/sq mi (25/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
St. Martin Parish is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Lafayette–Acadiana Combined Statistical Area. 27% of the population of St. Martin Parish have French fluency, rated as one of the highest concentrations of French speakers in the nation.
The parish is split into two noncontiguous parts, because of a surveying error dating to 1868, when Iberia Parish was created by the Louisiana Legislature. St. Martin has the highest percentage of French-speaking residents of any county or parish in the United States.
The parish has a total area of 816 square miles (2,110 km2), of which, 740 square miles (1,900 km2) of it is land and 77 square miles (200 km2) of it is water. The total area is 9.38% water.
Iberia Parish divides St. Martin Parish into two parts. In addition, the following parishes are also adjacent:
- St. Landry Parish (north)
- Pointe Coupee Parish (northeast)
- Iberville Parish (east)
- Assumption Parish (southeast)
- St. Mary Parish (southwest)
- Lafayette Parish (west)
- Iberia Parish (South of Upper St. Martin/North of Lower St. Martin)
||St. Landry Parish and Iberia Parish (Lower St. Martin)||Pointe Coupee Parish|
|Lafayette Parish||Iberville Parish|
|St. Mary Parish||Iberia Parish (Upper St. Martin)||Assumption Parish|
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 48,583 people, 17,164 households, and 12,975 families residing in the parish. The population density was 66 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 20,245 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 65.95% White, 31.98% Black or African American, 0.92% Asian, 0.29% Native American, 0.20% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 0.83% of the population. The 2000 census counted 44,915 people in the parish who are at least five years old of whom 31,229 (69.5%) speak only English at home, 27.44% reported speaking French (Colonial French also known as Plantation Society French ) or Cajun French at home, while 1.52% speak Louisiana Creole French.
There were 17,164 households out of which 39.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 15.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.40% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the parish the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 10.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $30,701, and the median income for a family was $36,316. Males had a median income of $30,701 versus $18,365 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,619. About 18.40% of families and 21.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.70% of those under age 18 and 22.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Public schools in St. Martin Parish are operated by the St. Martin Parish School Board.
Notable natives and residents
- Ali Landry, Miss USA 1996 pageant winner (actually from Nina Station)
- Bob Angelle, mayor
- Scott Angelle, lieutenant governor
- Drauzin Angelle, chief deputy in 1924
- Lottie Beebe, superintendent of St. Martin Parish public schools; member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Calvin Borel, American Thoroughbred Jockey and 3-time Kentucky Derby winner
- Jake Delhomme, quarterback for the NFL's Cleveland Browns
- Charles Fuselier, sheriff of St. Martin Parish from 1980 to 2003; "National Sheriff of the Year" in 1996
- Mike "Pete" Huval, state representative; former member of the St. Martin Parish Council
- Wade O. Martin, Jr., secretary of state.
- Wade O. Martin, Sr., Louisiana public service commissioner.
- James D. Simon, state senator
- Sam Irwin, author, Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean; Press Secretary - Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (2008-2012).
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- Heinrich, P. V., and W. J. Autin, 2000, Baton Rouge 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle. Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.