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East Feliciana Parish
Parish of East Feliciana
East Feliciana Parish Courthouse
East Feliciana Parish Courthouse
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Feliciana Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded 1824
Named for Marie Felice de Gálvez
Seat Clinton
Largest town Jackson
 • Total 456 sq mi (1,180 km2)
 • Land 453 sq mi (1,170 km2)
 • Water 2.4 sq mi (6 km2)  0.5%
 • Total 19,531
 • Density 42.83/sq mi (16.537/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 5th, 6th

East Feliciana Parish (French: Paroisse de Feliciana Est, Spanish: Parroquia de East Feliciana) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2010 census, the population was 20,267, and 19,531 in 2020. The parish seat is Clinton.

Established when Feliciana Parish was divided in 1824, both East and West Feliciana parishes are part of the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area. They are also considered part of the Florida Parishes, at one time part of Spain's West Florida colony.


The parish was part of Feliciana Parish, which was founded in 1810 and then divided, in 1824, into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish. Feliciana is derived from a Spanish rendering of the French word "Felicité" which means happiness. The Louisiana State Insane Asylum was established near Jackson, Louisiana, in 1847. It was greatly enlarged and improved under the administration of Dr. John Welch Jones, who was appointed as superintendent in 1874. The institution was later called East Louisiana State Hospital.

The Margaret Dixon Correctional Institute is located in Jackson, as well. It opened in 1976 and is named for the crusading managing editor of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, who argued for the decentralization of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, in neighboring West Feliciana Parish.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 453 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • Louisiana 10.svg Louisiana Highway 10
  • Louisiana 19.svg Louisiana Highway 19
  • Louisiana 63.svg Louisiana Highway 63
  • Louisiana 67.svg Louisiana Highway 67
  • Louisiana 68.svg Louisiana Highway 68
  • Louisiana 69.svg Louisiana Highway 69

Adjacent parishes and counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 8,247
1840 11,893 44.2%
1850 13,598 14.3%
1860 14,697 8.1%
1870 13,499 −8.2%
1880 15,132 12.1%
1890 17,903 18.3%
1900 20,443 14.2%
1910 20,055 −1.9%
1920 17,487 −12.8%
1930 17,449 −0.2%
1940 18,039 3.4%
1950 19,133 6.1%
1960 20,198 5.6%
1970 17,657 −12.6%
1980 19,015 7.7%
1990 19,211 1.0%
2000 21,360 11.2%
2010 20,267 −5.1%
2020 19,531 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

East Feliciana Parish racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 11,411 58.4%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,108 36.38%
Native American 60 0.31%
Asian 46 0.24%
Pacific Islander 9 0.05%
Other/Mixed 514 2.63%
Hispanic or Latino 391 2.0%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,539 people, 6,959 households, and 4,777 families residing in the parish.

2019 ACS

At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 19,371 people living in the parish, down from 20,267 at the 2010 United States census. The 2019 census-estimated population comprised 6,959 households living in 8,487 housing units spread throughout the parish. There were 1,595 businesses operating in East Feliciana.

2010 census

In 2010, the racial and ethnic makeup of the parish was the following: 53.2% were White, 44.9% Black and African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% of some other race and 1.1% of two or more races; 1.0% were Hispanic or Latin American of any race. At the 2019 census-estimates, 54.5% were non-Hispanic white, 43.6% Black and African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% some other race, and 0.9% multiracial. Hispanics and Latin Americans of any race made up 1.7% of the total population.

Of the 6,959 households in East Feliciana Parish, 4.8% were aged 5 and under, 81.8% 18 and older, and 17.1% 65 and older. The median age was 42.9.

Approximately 40% of the population was employed in the parish, and the home-ownership rate was 80.5%. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $139,300, and median gross rent was $647. Residents had a median household income of $51,803; males earned a median income of $61,105 versus $32,243 for females. At the 2000 United States census, the median household income was $31,631, and the median family income was $37,278. Males had a median income of $31,804 versus $20,243 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,428. An estimated 23.3% of the parish lived at or below the poverty line in 2019, up from 23% at the 2000 U.S. census.


Map of East Feliciana Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels



Unincorporated communities


East Feliciana Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish. Elementary schools include Jackson Elementary School, Slaughter Elementary School, and Clinton Elementary School. Upper public schools include East Feliciana Middle and High school. Some students in the parish attend Wilkinson County Christian Academy in Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

The parish is in the service area of Baton Rouge Community College.

Silliman Institute in Clinton was established in the late 1960s as a directed response to federal courts ordering the desegregation of the East Feliciana public school system.

Notable people

  • Donna Douglas (1932-2015), actress who starred on The Beverly Hillbillies. She is buried in Bluff Creek's Baptist Church cemetery.
  • Erick Erickson, Editor of and 69th most influential conservative in America
  • Thomas Jackson, Sr. (1757-1844), fought in Revolutionary War.
  • John Welch Jones (1826-1916), medical doctor, Confederate cavalry officer and one-time superintendent of the Louisiana State Insane Asylum
  • Junius Wallace Jones (1890-1977), Major-General, United States Air Force
  • Lawrence Brooks (1909-2022), the oldest American veteran of World War II, was born in Norwood.
  • Tom McVea, former state representative and former member of the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury
  • Eddie Robinson, legendary football coach at Grambling State University, was born in Jackson, Louisiana.
  • Richard Stalder, former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections from 1992 to 2008; former warden of Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson
  • E. M. Toler, physician and coroner who served in the Louisiana State Senate for East and West Feliciana parishes from 1944 to 1954
  • John D. Travis (1940-2016), state representative for District 62, including his native East Feliciana Parish, 1984 to 2000
  • Kendell Beckwith, NFL player, currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Attended East Feliciana High School and went on to play for the LSU Tigers before being drafted by Tampa Bay.
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