Maringouin, Louisiana

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Town of Maringouin
Town
Maringouin (Louisiana).jpg
Location of Maringouin in Iberville Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Maringouin in Iberville Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°29′27″N 91°31′08″W / 30.49083°N 91.51889°W / 30.49083; -91.51889Coordinates: 30°29′27″N 91°31′08″W / 30.49083°N 91.51889°W / 30.49083; -91.51889
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Iberville
Government
 • Mayor Demi Vorise (D)
Area[1]
 • Total 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Land 0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,098
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 1,046
 • Density 1,421.20/sq mi (548.60/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 225
FIPS code 22-48610

Maringouin is a town in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,262 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Maringouin is located at 30°29′27″N 91°31′8″W / 30.49083°N 91.51889°W / 30.49083; -91.51889 (30.490911, -91.519023).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.

Notable people[edit]

Rick Ward, III, state senator from District 17 since 2012 and attorney in Port Allen, resides in Maringouin,[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 447
1920 399 −10.7%
1930 518 29.8%
1940 708 36.7%
1950 898 26.8%
1960 1,168 30.1%
1970 1,365 16.9%
1980 1,291 −5.4%
1990 1,149 −11.0%
2000 1,262 9.8%
2010 1,098 −13.0%
Est. 2016 1,046 [2] −4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,262 people, 421 households, and 327 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,691.3 people per square mile (649.7/km²). There were 458 housing units at an average density of 613.8 per square mile (235.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 20.13% White, 79.40% African American, 0.08% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.08% of the population.

There were 421 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 27.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the town, the population was spread out with 33.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 80.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,816, and the median income for a family was $28,359. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,817. About 27.5% of families and 31.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.2% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.

Georgetown University slavery connection[edit]

The Jesuit order which ran then Georgetown College (now Georgetown University) found the institution in financial distress in 1838. In order to repay debts, they sold 272 slaves that they owned on Maryland plantations to Southern buyers.[7][8] Many descendants of these slaves (sometimes known as the "GU272") presently live in and around Maringouin. National revelations of this connection were broken by a 2016 New York Times article.[9] A discussion is ongoing addressing the question of possible reparations from the University to the descendants of these slaves; an internal working group at Georgetown recommended that it offer "…the same consideration [they] give members of the Georgetown community in the admissions process" to the descendants.[10]

Other information[edit]

The name, which is Cajun French in origin and means "mosquito", is pronounced mah-ring-gwin.

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. ^ "Senator Rick Ward, III". labi.org. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ Matthew Quallen. "Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves". The Hoya. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Noel King. "Episode 767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two". Planet Money. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Rachel L. Swarns. "272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ "GEORGETOWN SHARES SLAVERY, MEMORY, AND RECONCILIATION REPORT, RACIAL JUSTICE STEPS". Retrieved April 28, 2017.