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Harahan, Louisiana
City of Harahan
Welcome sign on Jefferson Highway
Welcome sign on Jefferson Highway
Official seal of Harahan, Louisiana
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Location of Harahan in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Harahan in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 29°56′28″N 90°12′07″W / 29.94111°N 90.20194°W / 29.94111; -90.20194Coordinates: 29°56′28″N 90°12′07″W / 29.94111°N 90.20194°W / 29.94111; -90.20194
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Area
 • Total 2.50 sq mi (6.46 km2)
 • Land 2.01 sq mi (5.21 km2)
 • Water 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
Elevation
7 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,116
 • Rank JE: 3rd
 • Density 3,646/sq mi (1,411.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
70123
Area code(s) 504
FIPS code 22-32930

Harahan is a city in the U.S. state of Louisiana and suburb of New Orleans. The city of Harahan is located in Jefferson Parish; its population was 9,116 at the 2020 census.

History

One of Harahan's more notable structures is Harahan Elementary, located along Jefferson Highway. Its current structure was opened to students in January, 1926. In 1983, it was added to the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Harahan is located along a heavily wooded area along a curve in the Mississippi River, between River Ridge to the west and Elmwood to the east. Harahan's main road is Jefferson Highway which changes from Claiborne Avenue as it enters Jefferson Parish and dead ends in Kenner at the intersection of Williams Blvd.

Harahan is located at 29°56′28″N 90°12′7″W / 29.94111°N 90.20194°W / 29.94111; -90.20194 (29.941085, -90.202020) and has an elevation of 7 feet (2.1 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (19.59%) is water.

Harahan was largely spared by water damage during Hurricane Katrina, although wind damage played a significant role in its impact by the storm.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 892
1940 1,082 21.3%
1950 3,394 213.7%
1960 9,275 173.3%
1970 13,037 40.6%
1980 11,384 −12.7%
1990 9,927 −12.8%
2000 9,885 −0.4%
2010 9,277 −6.2%
2020 9,116 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

In 2020, the population of Harahan was 9,116. The 2010 U.S. census tabulated a population of 9,277. At the 2000 U.S. census, there were 9,885 people, 3,994 households, and 2,799 families residing in the city. In 2000, the population density was 5,023.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,937.4/km2). In 2019, there were 4,082 housing units.

In 2000, there were 3,994 households, out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 20.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males. In 2019, the American Community Survey estimated 3.4% of the population were under 5 years of age; 82.2% were aged 18 and older; and 20.6% were aged 65 and older. The median age was 44.2 and 90.9% of the population spoke only English at home.

At the 2019 American Community Survey, the median income for a household was $66,741, up from $44,702 in 2000. The median earnings for full-time, year-round males was $46,996 versus $43,022 for females. The city had a poverty rate of 10.3%.

In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of Harahan was 83.9% non-Hispanic white, 4.8% Black or African American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% multiracial, and 10% Hispanic or Latin American of any race. In 2000, the racial and ethnic makeup of the city was 97.06% White, 0.62% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races; 2.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latin American of any race.

Culture

Harahan is home to Colonial Golf and Country Club, one of only three golf courses located in East Jefferson (the East Bank of Jefferson Parish). It was closed down in early 2012.

Education

Harahan's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). The city is zoned to Harahan Elementary School (Harahan), Riverdale Middle School (Jefferson), and Riverdale High School (Jefferson). In regards to the advanced studies academies, students are zoned to Airline Park Academy.

In 2012, the Jefferson Parish campus of the International School of Louisiana (ISL) charter school opened in a leased JPPPS building on South Clearview Parkway in Elmwood. near Harahan. The Jefferson Parish Public School board later arranged for the charter school to move from the Elmwood facility to the former Ralph J. Bunche Academy in Metairie.

Private Schools in Harahan include St. Rita, a Catholic Elementary and Middle School, and Faith Lutheran, a K-12 Private Lutheran School.

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Harahan Library.

Notable people

  • Robert T. Garrity, Jr.
  • Johnny Giavotella

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