|Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Saint Mary|
|Largest city||Morgan City|
1,119 sq mi (2,898 km²)
613 sq mi (1,587 km²)
506 sq mi (1,311 km²), 45.23%
87/sq mi (34/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Geography[edit | edit source]
The parish has a total area of 2,898 km2 (1,119 mi2). 613 square miles (1,590 km2) of it is land and 506 square miles (1,310 km2) of it is water. The total area is 45.23% water.
Major highways[edit | edit source]
Adjacent parishes[edit | edit source]
- Iberia Parish (north)
- St. Martin Parish (east)
- Assumption Parish (southeast)
- Terrebonne Parish (south)
|Gulf of Mexico||St. Martin Parish|
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
|Terrebonne Parish||Assumption Parish|
National protected area[edit | edit source]
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 53,500 people, 19,317 households, and 14,082 families residing in the parish. The population density was 87 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 21,650 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 62.79% White, 31.79% Black or African American, 1.39% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 5.43% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 2.45% speak Spanish and 1.59% Vietnamese.
|St. Mary Parish Census Data|
There were 19,317 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.10% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the parish the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $28,072, and the median income for a family was $33,064. Males had a median income of $31,570 versus $18,341 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,399. About 20.60% of families and 23.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.30% of those under age 18 and 19.00% of those age 65 or over.
Communities[edit | edit source]
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Census-designated places[edit | edit source]
Education[edit | edit source]
St. Mary Parish School Board operates local public schools.
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
St. Mary Parish has two daily newspapers, the Morgan City Daily Review (circulation under 6,000) and the Franklin Banner-Tribune in Franklin (circulation 3,350).
Notable natives and residents[edit | edit source]
- Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock (1915–1987) was the state House Speaker from 1952–1956 and lieutenant governor from 1960-1972.
- V.J. Bella (born 1927), former state representative (1972–1990) and state fire marshal (1990–1992; 1996–2004)
- Elizabeth Bisland (1861–1929), noted journalist and author
- Lewis Strong Clarke, a sugar planter and 19th century Republican politician, owned the plantation Lagonda near Patterson.
- Murphy James "Mike" Foster, Jr. (born 1930), of St. Mary Parish served as governor from 1996-2004.
- Percy Saint (1870-1958), Louisiana attorney general (1924-1932)
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ United States Census Bureau. "St. Mary Parish Quickfacts". http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22/22101.html. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- ^ United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/la190090.txt. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- ^ http://www.bia.edu/bie/contact_bie/school_directory.cfm
- ^ Marks, Jason. Around the World in 72 Days: The race between Pulitzer's Nellie Bly and Cosmopolitan's Elizabeth Bisland (Gemittarius Press 1993) (ISBN 978-09633696283)
- ^ "Clarke, Lewis Strong". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.com). http://www.lahistory.org/site20.php. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
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