St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

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Saint Charles Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Charles Parish
Location in the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for Saint Charles
Seat Hahnville
Largest community Luling
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,064 km2)
 • Land 279 sq mi (723 km2)
 • Water 132 sq mi (342 km2), 32%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 52,812
 • Density 189/sq mi (73/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.stcharlesgov.net

St. Charles Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Charles) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,780.[1] The parish seat is Hahnville.[2] The parish was formed in 1807, following the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803.[3] It was originally part of the German Coast, an area along the east bank of the Mississippi River that was settled by numerous German pioneers in the 1720s. The parish includes territory on both sides of the river.

St. Charles Parish is included in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 279 square miles (720 km2) is land and 132 square miles (340 km2) (32%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

Government[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[5]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.5% 16,621 32.7% 8,559 3.9% 1,012
2012 62.9% 15,937 35.1% 8,896 2.0% 500
2008 64.8% 16,457 33.6% 8,522 1.7% 418
2004 61.9% 14,747 37.2% 8,856 1.0% 234
2000 55.7% 11,981 41.5% 8,918 2.8% 611
1996 43.6% 9,316 49.6% 10,612 6.9% 1,465
1992 43.9% 9,158 42.2% 8,810 13.9% 2,909
1988 53.8% 9,685 44.3% 7,973 1.9% 337
1984 59.6% 10,185 39.7% 6,784 0.7% 113
1980 44.8% 6,779 52.2% 7,898 3.0% 446
1976 37.1% 4,270 59.7% 6,872 3.2% 363
1972 60.4% 5,469 30.8% 2,788 8.8% 795
1968 18.4% 1,675 33.6% 3,070 48.0% 4,383
1964 34.8% 2,715 65.2% 5,085
1960 20.9% 1,377 71.3% 4,708 7.8% 517
1956 57.9% 2,417 40.0% 1,671 2.1% 89
1952 28.8% 1,086 71.2% 2,679
1948 11.9% 286 37.9% 914 50.2% 1,210
1944 8.2% 174 91.8% 1,945
1940 9.0% 153 91.0% 1,550
1936 6.0% 96 94.0% 1,503
1932 5.7% 86 94.1% 1,429 0.3% 4
1928 8.8% 108 91.2% 1,116
1924 21.3% 132 78.7% 488
1920 33.5% 92 66.6% 183
1916 9.1% 30 90.0% 297 0.9% 3
1912 13.3% 28 74.8% 157 11.9% 25

St. Charles Parish is governed by an executive branch and legislative branch. The executive branch is headed by the elected Parish President; currently Larry Cochran, a previous councilman.

The legislative branch consists of an elected nine-member council. The parish is divided into seven single-member districts, which are represented by a district council member. In addition, two at-large seats are elected on a parish-wide basis. The at-large seats are divided into an "A" seat and a "B" seat. The "A" seat representative must be a resident of the parish's east bank while the "B" seat must be held by a resident of the west bank.[6] The last parish council election was in October 2015.

Members of the St. Charles Parish Council as of September 2015:

District Council Member
At-Large Division "A" Carolyn Schexnaydre
At-Large Division "B" Jarvis Lewis
1 Terrell Wilson
2 Mary Tastet (interim)
3 Wendy Benedetto
4 Paul Hogan
5 Larry Cochran
6 Traci Fletcher
7 Julia Fisher-Perrier

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,291
1820 3,862 17.4%
1830 5,147 33.3%
1840 4,700 −8.7%
1850 5,120 8.9%
1860 5,297 3.5%
1870 4,867 −8.1%
1880 7,161 47.1%
1890 7,737 8.0%
1900 9,072 17.3%
1910 11,207 23.5%
1920 8,586 −23.4%
1930 12,111 41.1%
1940 12,321 1.7%
1950 13,363 8.5%
1960 21,219 58.8%
1970 29,550 39.3%
1980 37,259 26.1%
1990 42,437 13.9%
2000 48,072 13.3%
2010 52,780 9.8%
Est. 2016 52,923 [7] 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 48,072 people, 16,422 households, and 13,088 families residing in the parish. The population density was 170 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 17,430 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 72.40% White, 25.23% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.80% of the population.

There were 16,422 households out of which 43.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 14.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.30% were non-families. 16.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% 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 3.27.

In the parish the population was spread out with 30.30% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $45,139, and the median income for a family was $50,562. Males had a median income of $40,651 versus $24,780 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $19,054. About 9.30% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

St. Charles Parish Public Schools operates public schools.

Communities[edit]

Map of St. Charles Parish, with municipal labels

Census-designated places[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "St. Charles Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  6. ^ "Four vie for two seats on Council". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Bryant, Howard. "'Dirty-Dirty' Landry: Just What the Redskins Need". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Mary Sparacello, St. Charles Parish-based 56th Louisiana House district draws trio of hopefuls, September 28, 2011". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 29°55′N 90°22′W / 29.91°N 90.36°W / 29.91; -90.36