Iberia Parish, Louisiana facts for kids
|Iberia Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 30, 1868|
|Largest City||New Iberia|
1,031 sq mi (2,670 km²)
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
456 sq mi (1,181 km²), 44%
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.
- Interstate 49
- U.S. Highway 90
- Louisiana Highway 14
- Louisiana Highway 31
- St. Martin Parish (north, south)
- Iberville Parish (northeast)
- Assumption Parish (east)
- St. Mary Parish (southeast)
- Vermilion Parish (west)
- Lafayette Parish (northwest)
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census
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.
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.
- Delcambre (part)
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