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Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Iberville Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1807
Named for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville
Seat Plaquemine
Largest city Plaquemine
 • Total 653 sq mi (1,691 km2)
 • Land 619 sq mi (1,603 km2)
 • Water 34 sq mi (88 km2), 5.2%
 • (2010) 33,387
 • Density 54/sq mi (21/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.ibervilleparishwww

Iberville Parish (French: Paroisse d'Iberville) is a parish located south of Baton Rouge in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,387.[1] Its seat is Plaquemine.[2] The parish was formed in 1807.[3]

Iberville Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent parishes 2.2
    • National protected area 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Government and infrastructure 4
  • Education 5
    • Primary and secondary schools 5.1
    • Public libraries 5.2
  • National Guard 6
  • Communities 7
    • Cities 7.1
    • Towns 7.2
    • Villages 7.3
    • Unincorporated communities 7.4
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The parish is named for Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, who founded the French colony of Louisiana.[4]

A few archeological efforts have been made in the Parish, mainly to excavate the Native American burial mounds that have been identified there. The first expedition, led by Clarence B. Moore, was an attempt at collecting data from a couple of the sites, and it set the groundwork for later projects. Clarence was mainly interested in the skeletal remains of the previous inhabitants, rather than excavating for archeological items. Archeologists are especially interested in these sites because of their uniformity and size. Some of the mounds are seven hundred feet long, a hundred feet wide and six feet tall. Most of them contain human remains.[5]

Iberville Parish is represented in the Louisiana State Senate by a Republican, attorney Rick Ward, III, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, who has served in the Senate since 2012. The parish is currently represented in the state House by Democrat Major Thibaut of Oscar in Pointe Coupee Parish.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 653 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 619 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 34 square miles (88 km2) (5.2%) is water.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,387 people residing in the parish. 49.3% were Black or African American, 48.8% White, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 2.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 33,320 people, 10,674 households, and 8,016 families residing in the parish. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 11,953 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 49.26% White, 49.70% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,674 households, 36.20% of which contained children under age 18, 49.60% of which were married couples living together, 20.40% of which had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 21.90% of the households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.29.

26.20% of the population was under age 18; 10.50% was 18–20 years of age; 31.10% was 25–34 years of age; 21.50% was 45–64 years of age; and 10.70% was age 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $29,039, and the median income for a family was $34,100. Males had a median income of $32,074 versus $20,007 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,272. About 19% of families and 23% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30% of those under age 18 and 18% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections operates two prisons, Elayn Hunt Correctional Center and Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW), in St. Gabriel in Iberville Parish.[13][14] LCIW houses the female death row.[15][16]


Primary and secondary schools

Iberville Parish School Board operates the public schools within Iberville Parish.

Public libraries

Iberville Parish Library operates libraries in the parish. The Parish Headquarters Library is located in Plaquemine. Branches include Bayou Pigeon (Unincorporated area), Bayou Sorrel (Unincorporated area), East Iberville (St. Gabriel), Grosse Tete (Grosse Tete), Maringouin (Maringouin), Rosedale (Rosedale), White Castle (White Castle).[17]

National Guard

The Gillis W. Long Center, located on the outskirts of Carville, LA, is operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard. This post is home to the 415TH MI (Military Intelligence) Battalion, the 241ST MPAD, and the 61st Troop Command. The 415TH MI is a subunit of the 139TH RSG (regional support group).


Map of Iberville Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels




Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Iberville Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 164. 
  5. ^ Ford, James A: "Measuring the Flow of Time", page 415. The University of Alabama Press, 1999
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ "Elayn Hunt Correctional Center." (Profile) Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Retrieved 20 July 2010
  14. ^ "Directions to EHCC." Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  15. ^ "Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women." Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. 14/40. Retrieved 24 August 2010
  16. ^ "Classification–Where Inmates Serve Their Time." Inside the System: How Inmates Live and Work. Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. 14/40. Retrieved 30 June 2010
  17. ^ "to the Library Catalog." Iberville Parish Library. Retrieved 29 January 2011

External links

  • Ibervillle Parish government's website
  • Iberville Parish Tourist Commission website
  • Travel ItineraryDiscover Our Shared HeritageExplore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana, a National Park Service


  • Heinrich, P. V., and W. J. Autin, 2000, Baton Rouge 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle. Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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