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Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Census-designated place
Belle Chasse Auditorium
Belle Chasse Auditorium
Belle Chasse, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Plaquemines
 • Total 10.10 sq mi (26.16 km2)
 • Land 8.17 sq mi (21.16 km2)
 • Water 1.93 sq mi (5.00 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total 10,579
 • Density 1,295.18/sq mi (500.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 504
FIPS code 22-06120

Belle Chasse ( bel chayss) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Belle Chasse is part of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. The population was 10,579 at the 2020 United States census. Belle Chasse is the largest community in Plaquemines Parish. It is home to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, a Naval Air Station for the U.S. Navy Reserve.


Belle Chasse is home to the famous "Orange Fest," "Crawfish Fest," and "Gamers Fest." It is also home to the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival.


Shooting Range, Dirt-Bike/Four-Wheeler "The Track", Cypress Parks (Baseball, SoftBall, Soccer, Football).


There is little consensus regarding the origin of the name Belle Chasse. In French, belle chasse literally means "beautiful hunting." It is widely believed that it was so named due to the richness of wildlife which the initial French colonists observed when they settled in the region. Others say that Belle Chasse was named after a Colonel Joseph D. Bellechasse, who lived in New Orleans around the late 18th and early 19th century. Alternatively, it was named after the plantation of Deville de Goutin Bellechasse.

Bell from Benjamin's Belle Chasse Plantation at the Public Library

The Confederate statesman Judah P. Benjamin was the most famous owner of the Belle Chasse plantation. After falling into decay and abandonment by the 1930s, the landmark plantation house was demolished in 1960. The bell was salvaged and today is in front of the Belle Chasse Public Library.

The Naval Air Station was founded in 1920 on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, but in 1957 it relocated to its current location (Belle Chasse, Louisiana). It has been designated as a Joint Forces Reserve Air Station. It is home to various naval air units as well as an Air Force Reserve fighter squadron and a Marine Corps Reserve helicopter unit. In March 2009, U.S. Navy Reserve Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77) relocated its six E-2C aircraft from NAS Atlanta, GA to Belle Chasse. The squadron aircrew are all U.S. Naval Reservists while the maintenance department for the aircraft is run by Northrop Grumman Field Services.

National Guard

Belle Chasse serves as a headquarters for the Louisiana Air Force National Guard and home of the 159th FW (Fighter Wing). It served as the principal helicopter staging area for rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina.


Belle Chasse is located at 29°51′48″N 89°59′54″W / 29.86333°N 89.99833°W / 29.86333; -89.99833 (29.852243, -89.9983335).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 28.4 square miles (74 km2), of which 24.9 square miles (64 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (12.21%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 10,579
U.S. Decennial Census
Belle Chasse racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,024 75.85%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 633 5.98%
Native American 71 0.67%
Asian 353 3.34%
Pacific Islander 15 0.14%
Other/Mixed 481 4.55%
Hispanic or Latino 1,002 9.47%

At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 14,024 people living in Belle Chasse, up from 12,679 in 2010. The 2020 United States census reported a population decline at 10,579.

The racial and ethnic makeup of the community was 79.4% non-Hispanic white, 11.6% African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.4% Asian, 2.0% some other race, and 3.9% two or more races. Hispanic and Latino Americans were 10.5% of the population in 2019. In 2020, its makeup was 75.85% non-Hispanic white, 5.98% Black or African American, 3.34% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 4.55% two or more races, and 9.47% Hispanic and Latino American, reflecting the demographic transition of the U.S.

In 2019, the median age was 35.0, and 8.2% of the population were aged 5 and under; 70.7% of the population was aged 18 and older, and 10.7% were aged 65 and older. Among the population, 11.4% spoke a language other than English at home, and Spanish was the second most-spoken language. In the census-designated place, the median income for a household was $66,653, and $50,169 was the median income for males versus $41,623 for females. An estimated 11.3% of the population lived at or below the poverty line.


It has the transmitting site of one of the most powerful AM radio stations in New Orleans, 50,000-watt WLNO, the former WNOE-AM. WLNO's seven-tower directional array is located on the west side of Woodland Highway just north of Belle Chasse Highway.


Plaquemines Parish School Board operates public schools.

Belle Chasse Primary, Belle Chasse Middle, Belle Chasse High School, Belle Chasse Academy, Plaquemines Parrish Alternative School.

At first Belle Chasse High, which opened in 1928, was K-12, but in 1977 Belle Chasse Middle School opened to take the middle grades away. Belle Chasse Primary opened in August 1994. Belle Chasse Middle received the 5th grade in 1999.

Belle Chasse also has a Catholic School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

Notable people

  • Billy Nungesser, former Parish President and current Lt. Governor of Louisiana.
  • Chris Henry, former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Benny Rousselle, former member of the Louisiana House (1996–1999) and the former president of Plaquemines Parish government (1999–2007)
  • Ernest Wooton, District 105 state representative (1999–2012), Plaquemines Parish sheriff (1984–1992)
  • Bella Blue, Burlesque dancer

See also

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