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Des Allemands, Louisiana

"The Germans"
Des Allemands on the Bayou des Allemands.  View to the north.
Des Allemands on the Bayou des Allemands. View to the north.
"Catfish Capital of the Universe"
Des Allemands, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Des Allemands, Louisiana
Des Allemands, Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Des Allemands, Louisiana is located in the United States
Des Allemands, Louisiana
Des Allemands, Louisiana
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parishes Lafourche, St. Charles
 • Total 12.23 sq mi (31.69 km2)
 • Land 9.95 sq mi (25.77 km2)
 • Water 2.29 sq mi (5.92 km2)
3 ft (0.9 m)
 • Total 2,179
 • Density 219.02/sq mi (84.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-20680

Des Allemands is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lafourche and St. Charles parishes in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 2,179 at the 2020 census. The town, known as the "Catfish Capital of the Universe", is along the Bayou des Allemands, which is the boundary of Lafourche and St. Charles parishes. Lac des Allemands is located northwest of the town. The ZIP code for Des Allemands is 70030.

The St. Charles Parish portion of Des Allemands is part of the New Orleans metropolitan statistical area, while the Lafourche Parish portion is part of the HoumaBayou CaneThibodaux metropolitan statistical area.


Bayou des allemands 2003
Bayou Des Allemands in 2003. View is to the south.

Des Allemands was settled in 1721 by immigrants to the colony of Louisiana from Alsace under the control of John Law and the "Company of the Indies." "Des Allemands" means "the Germans" (partitive case) in French.

The German Louisiana colony was originally up the Mississippi River at the Arkansas Post. But they experienced hostility from the Native Americans in that area, and moved to a location much closer to the colonial capital of New Orleans.


Des Allemands is located at 29°49′32″N 90°28′9″W / 29.82556°N 90.46917°W / 29.82556; -90.46917 (29.825570, -90.469163).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.3 km²), of which 8.7 square miles (22.5 km²) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) (20.35%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 2,179
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Des Allemands racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,700 78.02%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 296 13.58%
Native American 23 1.06%
Asian 4 0.18%
Other/Mixed 84 3.85%
Hispanic or Latino 72 3.3%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,179 people, 670 households, and 468 families residing in the CDP.


  • Hosts the Louisiana Catfish Festival on the third weekend in June.
  • Hosts a small parade in conjunction with Mardi Gras season.


St. Charles Parish Public School System serves parts of Des Allemands east of Bayou Des Allemands. Allemands Elementary School in Des Allemands serves grades PK-2, while R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis serves grades 3-5; Vial opened in 1975. J. B. Martin Middle School in Paradis serves grades 6-8, and Hahnville High School in Boutte serves 9-12.

Residents of Des Allemands west of Bayou Des Allemands attend Lafourche Parish Public Schools. People in the Bayou Des Allemands area of Lafourche Parish are zoned to Raceland Lower Elementary School, Raceland Upper Elementary School, Raceland Middle School (all in Raceland), and Central Lafourche High School in Mathews.

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