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Bridge City, Louisiana
Census-designated place
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Bridge City, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Bridge City, Louisiana
Bridge City, Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Area
 • Total 5.24 sq mi (13.58 km2)
 • Land 4.18 sq mi (10.83 km2)
 • Water 1.06 sq mi (2.76 km2)
Elevation
3 ft (0.9 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 7,219
 • Density 1,727.03/sq mi (666.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
70094
Area code(s) 504
FIPS code 22-09480

Bridge City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It was established in the 1930s during the construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi River. The town is located on the south side (referred to as the "West Bank") of the river. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner metropolitan statistical area.

The Bridge City CDP population was 7,706 at the 2010 census. At the 2019 American Community Survey, its population declined to 6,602 residents. The population of Bridge City rebounded to 7,219 in 2020.

Geography

Bridge City is located at 29°55′26″N 90°9′58″W / 29.92389°N 90.16611°W / 29.92389; -90.16611 (29.923956, -90.166030).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), of which, 4.4 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (16.73%) is water. Bridge City is the home of the Avondale Shipyard.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 7,219
U.S. Decennial Census
Bridge City racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,982 27.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,128 43.33%
Native American 32 0.44%
Asian 180 2.49%
Pacific Islander 2 0.03%
Other/Mixed 219 3.03%
Hispanic or Latino 1,676 23.22%

The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 6,602 people lived in the CDP, down from 7,706 at the 2010 United States census. In 2020, its population rebounded to 7,219. In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup was 46.8% African American, 32.6% non-Hispanic white, 0.1% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 7.9% some other race, 1.7% two or more races, and 15.9% Hispanic and Latino American of any race. The median household income was $31,711 and 26.5% of the population lived at or below the poverty line. By the time of the 2020 census, its racial and ethnic makeup was 43.33% Black or African American, 27.46% non-Hispanic white, 0.44% Native American, 2.49% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.03% multiracial or of some other race, and 23.22% Hispanic and Latino American of any race; state and nationwide, this has reflected the demographic shift in American racial and ethnic identity as the U.S. began to experience non-Hispanic white demographic decline.

Festivals

Bridge City is host to Louisiana's annual Gumbo Festival.

Education

The area's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Most areas of the city are zoned to Mildred S. Harris Elementary School (formerly Bridge City Elementary School) in Bridge City. The school was given its current name, after the founding principal of the school, in 2012. Members of the family of the founding principal and former student Nedra Cassard had campaigned to have the school renamed, and the district voted in favor of renaming. The school was founded in 1952. Myrtle C. Thibodeaux Elementary School (formerly Westwego Elementary School) in Westwego and Catherine Strehle Elementary School in Avondale serve portions of Bridge City.

Secondary schools that serve the city include:

  • Henry Ford Middle School in Avondale
  • L.W. Higgins High School (unincorporated Jefferson Parish) in Marrero

In regards to advanced studies academies, residents are zoned to the Marrero Academy.

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