Pointe_Coupee_Parish,_Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish, pronounced "Pwent Koo-Pay" and (pronounced "Point Coo-Pea" in English) (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

The parish has a total area of 591 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 is mainly made up of prairies, but there are some swampy areas in the western part near the Atchafalaya River, and a few low bluffs.

Major highways

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

Minor Highwways

  • Louisiana Highway 419
  • Louisiana Highway 420
  • Louisiana Highway 970
  • Louisiana Highway 971
  • Louisiana Highway 972
  • Louisiana Highway 973
  • Louisiana Highway 975
  • Louisiana Highway 976
  • Louisiana Highway 977
  • Louisiana Highway 978
  • Louisiana Highway 979
  • Louisiana Highway 981
  • Louisiana Highway 982
  • Louisiana Highway 983
  • Louisiana Highway 984
  • Louisiana Highway 3050
  • Louisiana Highway 3091
  • Louisiana Highway 3131
  • Louisiana Highway 3190
  • Major Waterways

    Adjacent parishes

    National protected area

    Demographics

    As of the census 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.

    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

    Cities and towns

    Incorporated

    Unincorporated

  • Hermitage
  • Ingleside
  • Innis
  • Jacoby
  • Jarreau
  • LaBarre
  • Lacour
  • Lakeland
  • Legonier
  • Lettsworth
  • Lottie
  • McCrea
  • Mix
  • New California
  • New Texas
  • Oscar
  • Parlange
  • Point Coupee
  • Red Cross
  • Red River Landing
  • Rougon
  • Sherburne
  • St. Dizier
  • Torbert
  • Torras
  • Valverda
  • Ventress
  • Waterloo
  • Education

    Schools

    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

    Notable natives and residents

    Ernest Gaines

    See also

    References

    External links

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