|City of Kaplan|
Gateway to the Coastal Wetlands
Location of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|• Mayor||Mike Kloesel (R)|
|• Total||2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)|
|• Land||2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,898.67/sq mi (733.19/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
In 1896, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church was established in the growing European-American settlement. Most of the people were Acadian, so the main language was French. The town was named after Abrom Kaplan, who bought the Jim Todd Plantation in 1901. The town of Kaplan grew quickly and was established in 1902. The following year, residents created the first school.
The Kaplan Herald has been in continuous publication since 1956 as the Kaplan Journal. When Conrad Kaplan purchased the newspaper in 1965, he named it the Kaplan Herald. It remained under his ownership until his death in 1992, when Louisiana State Newspaper purchased the Kaplan Herald from his estate.
Kaplan is located at (30.004548, -92.285964).
Louisiana Highway 14 passes through the city which heads 10 miles (16 km) east to Abbeville, the Vermilion Parish seat, and 15 miles (24 km) west to the town of Gueydan. Louisiana Highway 13 intersects with LA-14 outside the city limits and heads north to the cities of Crowley (26 miles) and Eunice (39 miles).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,177 people, 2,069 households, and 1,342 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,298.6 people per square mile (888.4/km2). There were 2,265 housing units at an average density of 1,005.7 per square mile (388.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.13% White, 12.92% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.
There were 2,069 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,535, and the median income for a family was $30,236. Males had a median income of $29,387 versus $19,198 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,340. About 25.0% of families and 33.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.3% of those under age 18 and 32.3% of those age 65 or over.
- Inez Catalon (Creole singer)
- Iron Eyes Cody (of Sicilian descent, portrayed Native Americans as actor)
- Sammy Kershaw (American Country and Western music singer and songwriter; two-time candidate for lieutenant governor of Louisiana)
- Jonathan W. Perry (former Kaplan city council member and state representative/senator for Vermilion and Cameron parishes - Current Judge of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal)
- Frank Glasgow Tinker (Spanish Civil War volunteer pilot and flying ace)
- "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
- "Kaplan" Archived 2009-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, Official Website
- www.vrml.k12.la.us "Kaplan: The Gateway to the Coastal Wetlands", Vermilion Parish Website Archived October 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.