Lutcher, Louisiana

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Town of Lutcher
Town
Location of Lutcher in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Lutcher in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°02′56″N 90°41′59″W / 30.04889°N 90.69972°W / 30.04889; -90.69972Coordinates: 30°02′56″N 90°41′59″W / 30.04889°N 90.69972°W / 30.04889; -90.69972
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. James
Area[1]
 • Total 3.40 sq mi (8.80 km2)
 • Land 3.36 sq mi (8.71 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,559
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 3,362
 • Density 999.41/sq mi (385.89/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 225
FIPS code 22-46720

Lutcher is a town in St. James Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 3,735 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Lutcher is located at 30°2′56″N 90°41′59″W / 30.04889°N 90.69972°W / 30.04889; -90.69972 (30.048867, -90.699744).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.4 square miles (8.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.

Lutcher is bordered by the Mississippi River and the Town of Gramercy, Louisiana.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,700
1930 1,481 −12.9%
1940 2,167 46.3%
1950 2,198 1.4%
1960 3,274 49.0%
1970 3,911 19.5%
1980 4,730 20.9%
1990 3,907 −17.4%
2000 3,735 −4.4%
2010 3,559 −4.7%
Est. 2016 3,362 [2] −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,735 people, 1,252 households, and 986 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,107.3 people per square mile (427.9/km²). There were 1,368 housing units at an average density of 405.5 per square mile (156.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 49.91% White, 49.77% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 1,252 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,167, and the median income for a family was $42,317. Males had a median income of $40,769 versus $22,257 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,129. About 21.1% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Lutcher was established as a sawmill town, named after Henry J. Lutcher who was a sawmill operator and businessman. Lutcher is also where James Mather and his family established a sugar plantation, and where Mather died in 1821.[6] The Bank of Lutcher was organized by George H. Jones, M. D., son of Dr. John Welch Jones.[7]

It is the birthplace of early jazz clarinetist Leon Roppolo.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "James Mather, Lutcher Historical Marker". 
  7. ^ George H. Jones, M. D. In: Alcée Fortier, editor. Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, 1914.