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Kaplan, Louisiana
City of Kaplan
Gateway to the Coastal Wetlands
Location of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Vermilion
 • Total 2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)
 • Land 2.33 sq mi (6.03 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total 4,352
 • Density 1,868.61/sq mi (721.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-39055

Kaplan is a city in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,600 at the 2010 census, and 4,345 at the 2020 population estimates program. It is part of the Abbeville micropolitan statistical area in Acadiana.


In 1896, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church was established in the growing European-American settlement. Most of the people were Acadian, so the main language was French. The town was named after Abrom Kaplan, who bought the Jim Todd Plantation in 1901. The town Kaplan grew quickly and was established in 1902. The following year, residents created the first school.

On July 14, 1906, the first Bastille Day Celebration was held. In 1911, the Eleazar Theater was built. In 1916, the Kaplan Telephone Company began. In 1920, the school was rebuilt.

The Kaplan Herald has been in continuous publication since 1956 as the Kaplan Journal. When Conrad Kaplan purchased the newspaper in 1965, he named it the Kaplan Herald. It remained under his ownership till his death in 1992 when Louisiana State Newspaper purchased the Kaplan Herald from his estate.


Kaplan is located at 30°0′16″N 92°17′9″W / 30.00444°N 92.28583°W / 30.00444; -92.28583 (30.004548, -92.285964).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 315
1920 876 178.1%
1930 1,653 88.7%
1940 2,838 71.7%
1950 4,562 60.7%
1960 5,267 15.5%
1970 5,540 5.2%
1980 5,016 −9.5%
1990 4,535 −9.6%
2000 5,177 14.2%
2010 4,600 −11.1%
2020 4,352 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Kaplan racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,393 77.96%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 605 13.9%
Native American 11 0.25%
Asian 43 0.99%
Other/Mixed 178 4.09%
Hispanic or Latino 122 2.8%

According to the 2000 U.S. census, there were 5,177 people, 2,069 households, and 1,342 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,298.6 people per square mile (888.4/km2). There were 2,265 housing units at an average density of 1,005.7 per square mile (388.7/km2). The 2020 population estimates program determined 4,345 people lived in the city. According to the 2020 United States census, there were 4,352 people, 1,638 households, and 898 families residing in the city.

In 2000, the racial makeup of the city was 85.13% White, 12.92% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino Americans of any race were 1.20% of the population. In 2019, the American Community Survey estimated the racial and ethnic makeup was 84.1% White alone, 14.8% African American, 0.5% Asian alone, and 0.6% two or more races.

At the 2000 census, were 2,069 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.06. In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

At the 2019 American Community Survey, the median household income was $34,943; males had a median income of $52,747 versus $33,750 for females. An estimated 24.1% of the population lived at or below the poverty line. In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $22,535, and the median income for a family was $30,236. Males had a median income of $29,387 versus $19,198 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,340. About 25.0% of families and 33.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.3% of those under age 18 and 32.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Inez Catalon (Creole singer)
  • Iron Eyes Cody (of Sicilian descent, portrayed Native Americans as actor)
  • Sammy Kershaw (American Country and Western music singer and songwriter; two-time candidate for lieutenant governor of Louisiana)
  • Jonathan W. Perry (former Kaplan city council member and state representative/senator for Vermilion and Cameron parishes - Current Judge of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal)
  • Frank Glasgow Tinker (Spanish Civil War volunteer pilot and flying ace)
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