Waggaman, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 29°55′47″N 90°13′48″W / 29.92972°N 90.23000°W / 29.92972; -90.23000
Waggaman
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Coordinates 29°55′47″N 90°13′48″W / 29.92972°N 90.23000°W / 29.92972; -90.23000
Area 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 - land 5.6 sq mi (15 km2)
 - water 1.0 sq mi (3 km2), 15.15%
Population 10,304 (2010)
Density 1,827 / sq mi (705 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Waggaman in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Waggaman is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Waggaman is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, within the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 10,304 at the 2010 census. The area was named for U.S. Senator George Augustus Waggaman (1782–1843).

History[edit]

George Augustus Waggaman settled in the area with his wife, Camille Arnoult, who inherited a large tract of land there. The two built a considerable plantation which they named Avondale, which later succumbed to the Mississippi River in 1892. Today the Avondale area, also an unincorporated community and which abuts Waggaman, is home to Avondale Shipyards, one of the largest employers in Jefferson Parish.

Geography[edit]

Waggaman is located at 29°55′47″N 90°13′48″W / 29.92972°N 90.23000°W / 29.92972; -90.23000 (29.929856, -90.230053)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which, 5.6 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it (14.94%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,304 people and 3,351 households in the CPD The population density was 1,827 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the CDP was 36.22% White,59.33% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.82% Asian, and 3.18% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.69% of the population.

There were 3,351 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,084, and the median income for a family was $34,639. Males had a median income of $30,957 versus $19,477 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,078. About 15.1% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Norbert Rillieux Elementary School

Jefferson Parish Public School System serves Waggaman.[3]

The Lucille Cherbonnier/Norbert Rillieux Elementary School serves Waggaman. Previously the schools were separate Norbert Rillieux Elementary School and Cherbonnier Elementary School campuses.[4] In 2012 the superintendent recommended that the schools be consolidated with the Cherbonnier campus being used.[5]

All residents are zoned to Henry Ford Middle School in Avondale and Higgins High School in Marrero.[6][7]

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Live Oak Library in Waggaman.[3][8] The library, located adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Park, opened in 1989. It is designed to appear similar to an Acadian style cottage.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Waggaman CDP, Louisiana." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Westbank Elementary." Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  5. ^ "SR-3 School Closure,Consolidation,and Boundary Changes for the 2012/2013 School Year." (Archive) Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on April 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Westbank Middle." Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "Westbank High." Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Live Oak Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.