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Jean Lafitte, Louisiana
Intracoastal Waterway at Bayou Barataria.jpg
A portion of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Bayou Barataria
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Elevation ft (0.9 m)
Area 6.3 sq mi (16.3 km²)
 - land 6.0 sq mi (16 km²)
 - water 0.3 sq mi (1 km²), 4.76%
Population 1,903 (2010)
Density 324.7 /sq mi (125.4 /km²)
Mayor Timothy P. Kerner (D)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504

Jean Lafitte is a town on Bayou Barataria in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is named after the privateer Jean Lafitte. The population was 1,903 at the 2010 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jean Lafitte is located at 29°44′10″N 90°07′36″W / 29.73611°N 90.12667°W / 29.73611; -90.12667 (29.735587, -90.122053).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16 km2), of which, 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (4.47%) is water.


In 2012, a historical marker for the community of Manila Village was placed in Jean Lafitte. Since mid-2013, Manila Plaza, designed attractively and located in front of Jean Lafitte Town Hall, has held several historical markers and commemorative plaques acknowledging important individuals in the area's Filipino American history.

While there were several settlements of Filipinos (sometimes called Manilamen or Tagalas) along the Louisiana coast in the late 19th century, Manila Village was the largest. The residents there implemented a system of platforms on which they dried shrimp, as forerunners of Louisiana's 21st-century dried shrimp industry. This community-on-stilts thrived for nearly a century, until it was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 936
1990 1,469 56.9%
2000 2,137 45.5%
2010 1,903 −10.9%
Est. 2015 1,972 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,137 people, 721 households, and 575 families residing in the town. The population density was 357.5 people per square mile (138.0/km²). There were 767 housing units at an average density of 128.3 per square mile (49.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.03% White, 0.61% African American, 2.76% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 721 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,833, and the median income for a family was $40,163. Males had a median income of $32,025 versus $22,697 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,209. About 14.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.

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