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Iberia Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Iberia Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded October 30, 1868
Seat New Iberia
Largest City New Iberia
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,031 sq mi (2,670 km²)
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
456 sq mi (1,181 km²), 44%
 - (2015)
 - Density

128/sq mi (49/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Iberian Peninsula

Iberia Parish (French: Paroisse de l'Ibérie) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 73,240. The parish seat is New Iberia. The parish was formed in 1868 and named for the Iberian Peninsula. It is part of the large, 22-parish Acadiana region of the state, with a large Francophone population.

Iberia Parish is part of the Lafayette, Louisiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,031 square miles (2,670 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 456 square miles (1,180 km2) (44%) is water. This includes Marsh Island.

Major highways

  • I-49 (LA) Metric.svg Interstate 49
  • US 90.svg U.S. Highway 90
  • Louisiana 14.svg Louisiana Highway 14
  • Louisiana 31.svg Louisiana Highway 31

Adjacent parishes

Protected areas

The parish has both national and state protected areas within the boarders.

National protected area

  • Shell Keys National Wildlife Refuge

State protected areas

Part of the Attakapas Wildlife Management Area is located within Iberia Parish as well as in St. Mary and St. Martin Parishes.


Port of Iberia
NOAA aerial photo of the Port of Iberia
Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 9,042
1880 16,676 84.4%
1890 20,997 25.9%
1900 29,015 38.2%
1910 31,262 7.7%
1920 26,855 −14.1%
1930 28,192 5.0%
1940 37,183 31.9%
1950 40,059 7.7%
1960 51,657 29.0%
1970 57,397 11.1%
1980 63,752 11.1%
1990 68,297 7.1%
2000 73,266 7.3%
2010 73,240 0.0%
Est. 2015 74,103 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 73,266 people, 25,381 households, and 19,162 families residing in the parish. The population density was 127 people per square mile (49/km²). There were 27,844 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 65.08% White, 30.81% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.99% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.48% speak Lao and 1.29% Spanish.

There were 25,381 households out of which 39.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the parish the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $31,204, and the median income for a family was $36,017. Males had a median income of $32,399 versus $18,174 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $14,145. About 20.20% of families and 23.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

National Guard

E Company 199th Forward Support Battalion resides in Jeanerette, Louisiana, and B Company 2-156th resides in New Iberia, Louisiana. Both units have deployed twice to Iraq, 2004-5 and 2010, as part of the 256TH IBCT.


Map of Iberia Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Iberia Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

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