St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

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St. Charles Parish
Parish of St. Charles
Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge
Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Charles Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 29°55′N 90°22′W / 29.91°N 90.36°W / 29.91; -90.36
Country United States
State Louisiana
Founded1807
Named forSt. Charles
SeatHahnville
Largest communityLuling
Area
 • Total411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land279 sq mi (720 km2)
 • Water132 sq mi (340 km2)  32%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total52,549
 • Density130/sq mi (49/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts2nd, 6th
Websitewww.stcharlesgov.net

St. Charles Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Charles) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2020 census, its population was 52,549.[1] The parish seat is Hahnville.[2] The most populous community is Luling.

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. This was historically an area of sugarcane plantations. The parish includes territory on both sides of the river.

St. Charles Parish is included in the New Orleans-Metairie metropolitan statistical area.

St. Charles Parish was devastated by Hurricane Ida on August 29, 2021. Parish President Matthew Jewel stated that "Nearly every structure in the parish has damage ranging from cosmetic damage to a total collapse of a home or building" [4]

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.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

Communities[edit]

Map of St. Charles Parish, with municipal labels

There are no incorporated communities in St. Charles Parish.

Census-designated places[edit]

Ghost Town[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18103,291
18203,86217.4%
18305,14733.3%
18404,700−8.7%
18505,1208.9%
18605,2973.5%
18704,867−8.1%
18807,16147.1%
18907,7378.0%
19009,07217.3%
191011,20723.5%
19208,586−23.4%
193012,11141.1%
194012,3211.7%
195013,3638.5%
196021,21958.8%
197029,55039.3%
198037,25926.1%
199042,43713.9%
200048,07213.3%
201052,7809.8%
202052,549−0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2013[10]

At the 2020 U.S. census, there were 52,549 people living in the parish.[1] At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 52,773 people and 19,212 households in the parish.[11] Of the population, 7.1% spoke another language other than English at home; the second most spoken language in the parish was Spanish.

In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of St. Charles was 69.2% non-Hispanic white, 26.6% Black and African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0% Asian alone, 1.7% some other race, and 1.0% two or more races. Hispanic and Latin Americans of any race made up 6.1% of the population.[11] An estimated 3.3% of the population were foreign-born.

The median age was 37.9, and 6.2% of the parish was aged 5 and under. Of the 19,212 households in 2019, there were 20,710 housing units spread throughout the parish, and 4,349 corporations.[11] Approximately 80.7% of the parish lived in owner-occupied units, and the median housing value was $207,700. The median gross rent was $978. St. Charles had a median household income of $69,019 and 15.1% lived at or below the poverty line. Among the population, males had a median income of $43,589 versus $43,022 for females, closing the gender pay gap.[11]

Government[edit]

Politics[edit]

St. Charles Parish is governed by an executive branch and legislative branch. The executive branch is headed by the elected Parish President; currently Matthew Jewell.

The legislative branch consists of an elected nine-member council. The parish is divided into seven single-member districts, each of which is represented by an elected 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.[12] The last parish council election was in October / November 2019.

Members of the St. Charles Parish Council as of January 2020:

District Council Member
At-Large Division "A" Wendy Benedetto
At-Large Division "B" Holly Fonseca
1 La Sandra Darensbourg Gordon
2 Mary K. Clulee
3 Dick Gibbs
4 Nicky Dufrene
5 Marilyn B. Bellock
6 Bob Fisher
7 Julia Fisher-Perrier
Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 63.9% 18,233 34.4% 9,800 1.7% 484
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

Education[edit]

St. Charles Parish Public Schools operates public schools.

It is in the service area of Delgado Community College.[14]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "QuickFacts: St. Charles Parish, Louisiana". U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "St. Charles Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. ^ St. Charles Parish President: Nearly every structure has damage after Hurricane Ida, retrieved November 15, 2021
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d "Geography Profile: St. Charles Parish, Louisiana". data.census.gov. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "Four vie for two seats on Council". NOLA.com. Retrieved July 22, 2010.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Our Colleges". Louisiana's Technical and Community Colleges. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Bryant, Howard. "'Dirty-Dirty' Landry: Just What the Redskins Need". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  16. ^ "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