Ama, Louisiana

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Ama
Ama is located in Louisiana
Ama
Ama
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
StateLouisiana
ParishSt. Charles
Area
 • Total4.4 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9 km2)
 • Water0.9 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,290
 • 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 1,290 at the 2020 census.[1]

History[edit]

Ama was named in honor of Amazalie Perret, the postmaster's daughter.[2]

Geography[edit]

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).[3] 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.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2000 United States census, there were 1,285 people residing in Ama.[4] By 2020, its population increased to 1,290.[1] At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 79.8 males per 100 females and the median age among its population was 40.[5]

From 2010 census estimates to the 2020 census non-Hispanic or Latino whites and Black or African Americans have remained the largest racial and ethnic groups in the CDP,[6][1] although multiracial Americans were also prominent. In 2000, the Ama's racial and ethnic makeup was 64.9% White, 34.4% Black or African American, 0.16% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% from some other race, 0.23% from two or more races, and 1.01% Hispanic or Latino American of any race.

Economically, the median income for a household in the CDP was $57,794; the CDP's mean income for a household was $65,775, up from a median of $41,691 in 2000.[7][8] Among its population, 9.5% were approximately at or below the poverty line; 1.9% of families were below the poverty line in 2019.[9][10]

Education[edit]

St. Charles Parish Public School System operates public schools:

Previously the Ama School served the community.[12]

Notable people[edit]

  • 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 Dawan and LaRon Landry.
  • Dawan Landry, former American Football player, named to the 2006 Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. The older brother of LaRon Landry and cousin to "Pokey" Chatman.
  • LaRon Landry, former American Football player, the sixth overall selection in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Washington. The younger brother of Dawan Landry and cousin to "Pokey" Chatman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Race and Population Totals". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "2019 Demographic and Housing Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  6. ^ "2010 Demographic and Housing Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  7. ^ "2019 Annual Income Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  8. ^ "2000 Median Household Income". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  9. ^ "2019 Poverty Statistics". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  10. ^ "2019 Family Poverty Statistics". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  11. ^ "Hahnville High School Archived 2016-12-03 at archive.today" (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."
  12. ^ "Education Expansion Archived 2018-12-03 at the Wayback Machine." 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.