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Berwick, Louisiana
Town
Location of Berwick in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Berwick in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish St. Mary
Founded by Daniel Gray
Area
 • Total 6.07 sq mi (15.72 km2)
 • Land 5.90 sq mi (15.28 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
Elevation
3 ft (0.9 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,771
 • Density 808.51/sq mi (312.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-07100

Berwick is a town in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,946 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Perhaps the most prominent person from Berwick is Jenny Craig, weight loss guru and founder of Jenny Craig, Inc.

History

The first white settler to trek through the wilderness in this area was Thomas Berwick, a surveyor from Pennsylvania who was working in Opelousas, Louisiana. He settled along the banks of the Atchafalaya River in the late 18th century. Today the town of Berwick is home to several seafood processing plants and numerous boat companies.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km2), of which 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 2.84%, is water.

The Berwick area is known for its high academic standards and high performing bands. Berwick High School ranked as the seventh best public high school in Louisiana for the 2006-2007 school year.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 796
1890 769 −3.4%
1900 713 −7.3%
1910 2,183 206.2%
1920 1,691 −22.5%
1930 1,679 −0.7%
1940 1,906 13.5%
1950 2,619 37.4%
1960 3,880 48.1%
1970 4,168 7.4%
1980 4,466 7.1%
1990 4,375 −2.0%
2000 4,418 1.0%
2010 4,946 12.0%
2020 4,771 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Berwick racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,601 75.48%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 516 10.82%
Native American 40 0.84%
Asian 26 0.54%
Pacific Islander 3 0.06%
Other/Mixed 190 3.98%
Hispanic or Latino 395 8.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,771 people, 1,665 households, and 1,016 families residing in the town.

Education

St. Mary Parish School Board operates public schools:

  • Berwick High School
  • Berwick Junior High School
  • Berwick Elementary School

See also

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