Cut Off, Louisiana

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Cut Off, Louisiana
Cut Off is located in Louisiana
Cut Off
Cut Off
Location in Louisiana
Cut Off is located in the United States
Cut Off
Cut Off
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 29°30′55″N 90°20′02″W / 29.51528°N 90.33389°W / 29.51528; -90.33389Coordinates: 29°30′55″N 90°20′02″W / 29.51528°N 90.33389°W / 29.51528; -90.33389
CountryUnited States
 • Total14.76 sq mi (38.24 km2)
 • Land14.64 sq mi (37.92 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total5,976
 • Density408/sq mi (157.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)985

Cut Off (historically named La Coupe) is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,976 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the HoumaBayou CaneThibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cut Off's ZIP code is 70345, the area code is 985 and local telephone prefixes are 325, 632 and 693.


Cut Off had its start by the building of a canal cutoff at that point from Bayou Lafourche northeast to Lake Salvador, to shorten the route to New Orleans.[2] The name (La Coupe, or "The Cut") was French in origin.[3]


Cut Off is located in south-central Lafourche Parish at 29°30′55″N 90°20′2″W / 29.51528°N 90.33389°W / 29.51528; -90.33389 (29.515201, -90.333839),[4] on both sides of Bayou Lafourche. It is bordered to the northwest by Larose and to the south by Galliano.

Louisiana Highway 1 runs through the center of Cut Off, along the west bank of Bayou Lafourche, while Highway 308 runs along the east bank. Highway 3235, a four-lane highway, runs through the west side of the community. All three highways lead northwest into Larose and south into Galliano. Thibodaux, the parish seat, is 37 miles (60 km) to the northwest (upriver), and Port Fourchon on the Gulf of Mexico is 34 miles (55 km) to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Cut Off CDP has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38.2 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.9 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.85%, are water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.

2020 census[edit]

Cut Off racial composition[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 4,423 79.94%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 63 1.14%
Native American 215 3.89%
Asian 70 1.27%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 240 4.34%
Hispanic or Latino 521 9.42%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,533 people, 2,375 households, and 1,711 families residing in the CDP.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,635 people, 2,033 households, and 1,608 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 381.7 people per square mile (147.4/km2). There were 2,136 housing units at an average density of 144.7 per square mile (55.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.41% White, 1.12% African American, 3.78% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

There were 2,033 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.9% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $38,077, and the median income for a family was $42,986. Males had a median income of $35,994 versus $19,225 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,353. About 7.3% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Cut Off Post Office.[9]


  • A particular section of the town is known as Côte Blanche, French for "White Coast" because of a statistically abnormal number of white painted homes that lined Bayou Lafourche for much of the early and mid 1900s.[citation needed]
  • In a segment of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe interviewed a Cut Off alligator farmer.


Lafourche Parish Public Schools operates public schools.

  • Cut Off Elementary School[10]

Larose-Cut Off Middle School is in nearby Larose,[11] and serves Cut Off CDP.[12][13]

South Lafourche High School is in Galliano, and has a Cut Off postal address. It also serves Cut Off.[12][13]

Cut Off School opened in 1927. In September 1950 the schools of Larose and Cut Off were consolidated into Larose-Cut Off High School. It was then consolidated with Golden Meadow High School to form South Lafourche High School in 1966.[14]

Lafourche Parish Library operates the South Lafourche Library in Galliano, which has a Cut Off postal address.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Cut Off CDP, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  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. 76. ISBN 978-0-8071-4740-5.
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 29.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Cut Off." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on March 11, 2017. "16130 W MAIN ST CUT OFF, LA 70345-9998"
  10. ^ Home. Cut Off Elementary School. Retrieved on November 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Home. Larose-Cut Off Middle School. Retrieved on November 29, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Cut Off CDP, LA." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 7, 2018. Pages: 1, 2.
  13. ^ a b "SCHOOL ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES Archived 2016-12-02 at the Wayback Machine." Lafourche Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on December 2, 2016. Based on the text description of the school boundaries.
  14. ^ "The Origin of South Lafourche." South Lafourche High School. Retrieved on November 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Galliano CDP, LA Page 1" (See Index). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on November 29, 2016.
  16. ^ "Branch Locations and Contact." Lafourche Parish Library. Retrieved on November 28, 2018. "16241 East Main Street Cut Off, LA 70345"

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