Ama, Louisiana

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Ama is located in Louisiana
Location of Ama in Louisiana
Coordinates: 29°56′32″N 90°18′14″W / 29.94222°N 90.30389°W / 29.94222; -90.30389Coordinates: 29°56′32″N 90°18′14″W / 29.94222°N 90.30389°W / 29.94222; -90.30389
CountryUnited States
ParishSt. Charles
 • Total4.4 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9 km2)
 • Water0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total1,285
 • Density290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)504

Ama is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, United States. Ama is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, just west of the Jefferson Parish line. The population was 1,285 at the 2000 census.


Ama was named in honor of Amazalie Perret, the postmaster's daughter.[1]


Ama is located at 29°56′32″N 90°18′14″W / 29.94222°N 90.30389°W / 29.94222; -90.30389 (29.942144, -90.303940).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (19.78%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,285 people, 446 households, and 347 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 360.0 people per square mile (139.0/km²). There were 488 housing units at an average density of 136.7 per square mile (52.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 64.90% White, 34.40% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 446 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,691, and the median income for a family was $50,156. Males had a median income of $35,875 versus $31,667 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,399. About 7.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


St. Charles Parish Public School System operates public schools:

Previously the Ama School served the community.[5]

Notable people

  • Dana "Pokey" Chatman, former LSU Head Women's Basketball Coach, Head Coach Of Russia's Spartak in Euroleague; Head Coach and General Manager of WNBA's Chicago Sky. Cousin to both Dawan and LaRon Landry.
  • Dawan Landry, football player, SS, New York Jets. Named to the 2006 Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team
  • LaRon Landry, football player, SS, Indianapolis Colts. Landry established himself as a Pro Bowl-caliber safety in his rookie season with the Redskins. He finished his rookie campaign with 97 tackles and 1.5 sacks and he logged two interceptions in the Redskins' playoff game. He was the sixth overall selection in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Redskins. During his time at LSU, he started 48 out of 52 games and produced 15 turnovers. Landry became the second Tiger in school history to lead the team in tackles three times during their career, recording 315 tackles. He was also a four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection. He is the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Dawan Landry.


  1. ^ Leeper, Clare D'Artois (19 October 2012). Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries. LSU Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8071-4740-5.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Hahnville High School Archived 2016-12-03 at" (Archive). AdvancED. p. 4/9. Retrieved on December 3, 2016. "Hahnville High School services all students on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish, including the communities of Ama, Boutte, Hahnville, Luling, Paradis, Des Allemands and Killona."
  5. ^ "Education Expansion." By: Richoux, Marilyn, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010. Posted at the St. Charles Parish Museum and Historical Association. Retrieved on December 3, 2016.