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St. Mary Parish, Louisiana


St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Saint Mary Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1811
Named for Saint Mary
Seat Franklin
Largest city Morgan City
 • Total 1,119 sq mi (2,898 km2)
 • Land 555 sq mi (1,437 km2)
 • Water 564 sq mi (1,461 km2), 50%
 • (2010) 54,650
 • Density 98/sq mi (38/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

St. Mary Parish (French: Paroisse de Sainte-Marie) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,650.[1] The parish seat is Franklin.[2] The parish was created in 1811.[3]

St. Mary Parish comprises the Combined Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent parishes 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
  • Media 4
  • National Guard 5
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Towns 6.2
    • Census-designated places 6.3
  • Notable people 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,119 square miles (2,900 km2), of which 555 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 564 square miles (1,460 km2) (50%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area


As of the census[10] 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.[2]

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.


St. Mary Parish School Board operates local public schools.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has the Chitimacha Day School in the Charenton community of unincorporated St. Mary Parish.[11]


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).

National Guard

B Company 2-156TH Infantry Battalion of the 256TH IBCT resides in Franklin, Louisiana. This unit has deployed to Iraq twice, 2004-5 and 2010.


Map of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels



Census-designated places

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "St. Mary Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^
  12. ^ Marks, Jason. Around the World in 72 Days: The race between Pulitzer's Nellie Bly and Cosmopolitan's Elizabeth Bisland (Gemittarius Press 1993) (ISBN 978-0963369628)
  13. ^ "Clarke, Lewis Strong".  
  14. ^ "Dr. Sally Clausen" (PDF). Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 32, 2002" (PDF). Retrieved October 7, 2013. 

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