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LaSalle Parish, Louisiana
Parish of LaSalle
LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena
LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Region Central Louisiana
Founded January 1, 1910
Named for René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
Parish seat (and largest town) Jena
Area
 • Total 1,710 km2 (662 sq mi)
 • Land 1,620 km2 (625 sq mi)
 • Water 100 km2 (38 sq mi)
 • percentage 15 km2 (5.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 14,890
 • Estimate 
(2018)
14,917
 • Density 8.684/km2 (22.492/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 318
Congressional district 5th
La Salle Parish Veterans Monument, Jena, LA IMG 8378
Veterans monument at the LaSalle Parish Courthouse

LaSalle Parish (French: Paroisse de La Salle) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 14,791. The parish seat is Jena. The parish was created in 1910 from the western section of Catahoula Parish and named for René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.

There is some confusion as to whether the parish is spelled "LaSalle" (no space) or "La Salle." An example of the latter view can be seen in the photo at right of the sign over the entrance to a "La Salle Parish Courthouse." A photo of this sign is also featured on the main webpage of the LaSalle Parish Clerk of Court, but the parish is consistently spelled "LaSalle" (no space) in the website text. The prevailing spelling of the parish is "LaSalle" (no space), consistent with the U.S. Census since 2011, and as demonstrated for example by a Google Trends comparison of the phrase's different spellings.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 662 square miles (1,710 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (5.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • Louisiana 8.svg Louisiana Highway 8
  • Louisiana 28.svg Louisiana Highway 28

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 9,402
1920 9,856 4.8%
1930 11,668 18.4%
1940 10,959 −6.1%
1950 12,717 16.0%
1960 13,011 2.3%
1970 13,295 2.2%
1980 17,004 27.9%
1990 13,662 −19.7%
2000 14,282 4.5%
2010 14,890 4.3%
2018 (est.) 14,917 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

LaSalle Parish racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 11,263 76.15%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,283 8.67%
Native American 133 0.9%
Asian 252 1.7%
Pacific Islander 10 0.07%
Other/Mixed 448 3.03%
Hispanic or Latino 1,402 9.48%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,791 people, 4,814 households, and 3,643 families residing in the parish.

National Guard

The 1087TH Transportation Company of the 165TH CSS (combat service support) Battalion of the 139TH RSG (regional support group) resides in Jena, Louisiana.

Communities

Map of La Salle Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of LaSalle Parish, with municipal labels

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Evelyn Blackmon, born in Standard in 1924; Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1984 to 1988 from West Monroe; Realtor for a half century
  • Thomas "Bud" Brady, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1976 to 1988
  • U. T. Downs, sheriff of Rapides Parish, 1924–1940; mayor of Pineville, 1914–1924, born in LaSalle Parish in 1880
  • Mike Francis, former Louisiana Republican state chairman
  • Henry E. Hardtner, lumberman known as "Louisiana's first conservationist", member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, LaSalle Parish police juror, founder of Urania
  • Speedy O. Long, state senator, U.S. representative, district attorney
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