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Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Louisiana highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for la pointe coupée, French for the place of the cut-off
Seat New Roads
Largest city New Roads
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

591 sq mi (1,530 km²)
557 sq mi (1,444 km²)
33 sq mi (86 km²), 5.64%
 - (2000)
 - Density

41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pointe Coupee Parish, pronounced "Pwent Koo-Pay" and (pronounced "Point Coo-Pea" in English) (French: Paroisse de la Pointe-Coupée), is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is New Roads. As of 2000, the population was 22,763.

Pointe Coupee Parish is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Baton Rouge–Pierre Part Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The parish has a total area of 590 square miles (1,530 km²), of which, 557 square miles (1,444 km²) of it is land and 33 square miles (86 km²) of it (5.64%) is water. The land consists mainly of prairies and backswamp.

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Pointe Coupee Parish has 498.98 miles of highways within its borders.[1]

Minor Highwways[edit | edit source]

Major Waterways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent parishes[edit | edit source]

National protected area[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The Parish of Pointe Coupee was formed in 1805 in the Territory of Orleans (statehood for Louisiana followed in 1812). There were minor boundary adjustments with neighboring parishes up through 1852 when its boundaries stabilized.[4]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Census Pop.
1810 3,187
1830 5,942
1840 7,898 32.9%
1900 25,777
1910 25,289 −1.9%
1920 24,697 −2.3%
1930 21,001 −15.0%
1940 24,004 14.3%
1950 21,841 −9.0%
1960 22,488 3.0%
1970 22,002 −2.2%
1980 24,045 9.3%
1990 22,540 −6.3%
2000 22,763 1.0%
Est. 2006 22,648 [5] −0.5%
Pointe Coupee Parish Census Data[6][7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 22,763 people, 8,397 households, and 6,171 families residing in the parish. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 10,297 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 68.91% White, 29.61% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 93.61% of the population spoke only English at home, while 4.89% spoke French or Cajun French and 0.96% spoke Spanish.[1]

There were 8,397 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $30,618, and the median income for a family was $36,625. Males had a median income of $35,022 versus $20,759 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,387, ranking 23rd out of 64 parishes. About 18.70% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 23.90% are the age of 65 and older.

The center of population of Louisiana is located in Pointe Coupee Parish, in the city of New Roads [2].

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]



Incorporated[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

Schools[edit | edit source]

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board serves the parish.

As of 2008 the sole secondary school operated by the parish school board is Livonia High School, serving grades 7 through 12. Pointe Coupee Central High School became a charter school in 2008.

Private[edit | edit source]

Hurricanes[edit | edit source]

In 2008 Pointe Coupee was one of the communities that suffered the most damage by Hurricane Gustav.

Notable natives and residents[edit | edit source]

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Coordinates: 30°43′N 91°36′W / 30.71, -91.60

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