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Harahan

Harahan

[har-uh-han]
Harahan, city (1990 pop. 9,927), Jefferson parish, SE La., a suburb of New Orleans, on the Mississippi River. An agricultural shipping center, the city also makes metal and paper products, building materials, machinery, soft drinks, and foods. The Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi is nearby.

Harahan is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 9,885 at the 2000 census.

Harahan was named in honor of James Theodore Harahan, president of the Illinois Central Railroad from 1906-1911. The Illinois Central track runs parallel to Airline Highway.

History

One of Harahan's more notable structures is Harahan Elementary, located along Jefferson Highway. Its current structure was opened to students in January, 1926. In 1983, it was added to the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

On February 17 2006, the Harahan police department was given a grade F by The Police Complaint Center, a national organization against police misconduct. The complaint telephone call which they believe warrants this grade can be heard here

Geography

Harahan is located along a heavily-wooded area along a curve in the Mississippi River, between River Ridge to the west and Elmwood to the east.

Harahan is located at (29.941085, -90.202020) and has an elevation of . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (19.59%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,885 people, 3,994 households, and 2,799 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,937.4/km² (5,023.5/mi²). There were 4,129 housing units at an average density of 809.2/km² (2,098.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.06% White, 0.62% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 2.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,994 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,702, and the median income for a family was $55,319. Males had a median income of $37,995 versus $27,921 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,448. 4.7% of the population and 3.1% of families were below the poverty line. 3.7% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Culture

Harahan is home to Colonial Golf and Country Club, one of only three golf courses located in East Jefferson (the East Bank of Jefferson Parish).

Education

Harahan's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System. The city is zoned to Harahan Elementary School (Harahan), Riverdale Middle School (Jefferson), and Riverdale High School (Jefferson).

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