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Golden Meadow, Louisiana
Location of Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Lafourche
 • Total 2.93 sq mi (7.59 km2)
 • Land 2.45 sq mi (6.34 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total 1,761
 • Density 719.66/sq mi (277.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-29640
Website Golden Meadow, Louisiana

Golden Meadow French: Canal Yankee is a town along Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,101 at the 2010 census. It is part of the HoumaBayou CaneThibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its main source of revenue is the oil and gas industry. The fishing and seafood industries also have strong economic impacts, with charter fishing, restaurants, and lodging actively serving patrons. The town was once known as a speed trap, but it has since been bypassed by Hwy 3235 and city traffic has been reduced to mostly locals; however, the speed limit is reduced to 50 mph on Hwy 3235 and said highway is still patrolled heavily. As in other places in Louisiana, there is a noticeable presence of Cajun culture, music, and cuisine.

The Golden Meadow name was given by the original land grant owners, Benjamin and Louisa Hobbs Barker of Illinois. In 1839, they named it so because of the yellow flowers growing everywhere. They hoped to become wealthy selling lots to French and English settlers, but abandoned the plan.


Golden Meadow is located at 29°23′17″N 90°16′10″W / 29.38806°N 90.26944°W / 29.38806; -90.26944 (29.388192, -90.269457).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (15.92%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 3,097
1970 2,681 −13.4%
1980 2,282 −14.9%
1990 2,049 −10.2%
2000 2,193 7.0%
2010 2,101 −4.2%
2020 1,761 −16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Golden Meadow racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,409 80.01%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 26 1.48%
Native American 130 7.38%
Asian 10 0.57%
Other/Mixed 89 5.05%
Hispanic or Latino 97 5.51%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,761 people, 754 households, and 535 families residing in the town.


Golden Meadow School
Golden Meadow Middle School (former Golden Meadow High School building)

Lafourche Parish Public Schools operates public schools:

  • Golden Meadow Lower Elementary School
  • Golden Meadow Upper Elementary School
  • Golden Meadow Middle School

South Lafourche High School is in the Galliano census-designated place, north of Golden Meadow, and serves the community.

Francophone private schools were the first educational institutions serving the community. In 1917 the first public elementary school opened. Golden Meadow High School opened in 1933. It was consolidated with Larose-Cut Off High School to form South Lafourche High School in 1966. The former Golden Meadow High building is currently Golden Meadow Middle School.

Lafourche Parish Library operates the Golden Meadow Branch.

Notable natives and residents

  • Dick Guidry, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Lafourche Parish; graduated from Golden Meadow High School.

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