Terrytown, Louisiana

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Census-designated place
Terrytown Library
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Coordinates 29°54′08″N 90°01′46″W / 29.90222°N 90.02944°W / 29.90222; -90.02944Coordinates: 29°54′08″N 90°01′46″W / 29.90222°N 90.02944°W / 29.90222; -90.02944
Area 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
 - land 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 2.63%
Population 23,319 (2010)
Density 6,347.0/sq mi (2,450.6/km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Terrytown in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Terrytown is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. It is a suburb within the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,319 at the 2010 census.[1] Terrytown was opened to a media tour on March 5, 1960 showcasing the newest of concepts in home construction at the time with the original homes having all plumbing in one wall and was opened to the public and considered founded on March 6, 1960, by subdivision developer, Paul Kapelow, who named the town after his first daughter, Terry Kapelow. Terrytown includes Oakwood Center, a major shopping mall on the West Bank of Greater New Orleans.


Terrytown is located at 29°54′8″N 90°1′46″W / 29.90222°N 90.02944°W / 29.90222; -90.02944 (29.902356, -90.029475).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.07%) is water.

The two main intersecting streets are Terry Parkway, running north and south, and Carol Sue Ave. (named for Paul Kapelow's second daughter, Carol Sue Kapelow), running east and west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,832
1980 23,548 70.2%
1990 23,787 1.0%
2000 25,430 6.9%

As of the census[3] of 2010,[4] there were 23,320 people, 8,121 households, and 6,458 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,347 people per square mile (2,646.5/km²). There were 9,401 housing units at an average density of 2,412 per square mile (1,004.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 34.90% White, 32.80% African American, 0.61% Native American, 10.34% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 5.82% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28.97% of the population.

There were 9,344 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,897, and the median income for a family was $41,963. Males had a median income of $31,421 versus $23,241 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,725. About 13.6% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


Jefferson Parish Public Schools operates public schools.[5][6]

Boudreaux and Terrytown Elementary Schools in Terrytown serve most of Terrytown, while Hart Elementary serves a small portion.[7] All residents are zoned to Livaudais Middle School in Terrytown and West Jefferson High School in Harvey.[8][9] In regards to advanced studies academies, residents are zoned to the Gretna Academy.[10]

Previously Kate Middleton Elementary in Gretna served a portion of Terrytown.[11] In 2012 Kate Middleton Elementary closed.[12]

Private schools include:

  • Christ The King Elementary School
  • Stepping Stones Montessori
  • Terrytown Academy
  • Elmwood Academy

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Terrytown Library.[5][13] The library is across the street from the Terrytown Playground, shares a parking lot with the Terrytown Golden Age Center, and is in proximity to Terrytown Elementary. The library first opened on October 9, 1974. In December 2009 the library closed for renovations. Chris Roberts, a parish council member, provided riverboat gaming funds to help renovate the library. The renovated library opened on September 8, 2010 with a new main entrance.[13]

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • Bryan Adams, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 85 in Jefferson Parish since 2012, resides in Terrytown, and he is one of the former fire chiefs of the Terrytown 5th District Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Artis Silvester, a contestant on Survivor: Philippines
  • Although not a native of or resident of Terrytown everJim Tucker, the first Republican to hold the leadership position of Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives in more than a century did so within a district split between Terrytown and a portion of New Orleans (Algiers) where he actually resided.
  • Stephen J. Windhorst, state district judge and Tucker's predecessor in the Louisiana House.
  • James Rose, TV reporter in Monroe, Louisiana; Hattesburg, Mississippi; Baton Rough; and now Fox 4 reporter and anchor in Dallas, Texas. Studied Journalism at LSU. Was Airman of the Year during his tour of Duty in Germany circa 1983 and lecturer in journalism at many universities including most recently the University of the Virgin Islands.


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/2275180.html
  5. ^ a b "Terrytown CDP, Louisiana." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Terrytown CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Elementary School Districts 2012-2013 West Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Middle School Districts 2012-2013 West Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "High School Districts 2012-2013 West Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Westbank Advanced Studies Academies Attendance Zones" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Elementary School Districts 2009-2010 West Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana." (Archive) Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on September 26, 2010.
  12. ^ Waller, Mark. "Group of schools shuts down as Jefferson Parish adjourns for the summer." The Times-Picayune. May 25, 2012. Retrieved on April 4, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Terrytown Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.

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