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Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish Courthouse in Livingston
Livingston Parish Courthouse in Livingston
Nickname(s): 
The L.P.
Map of Louisiana highlighting Livingston Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
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Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded February 10, 1832
Named for Edward Livingston
Seat Livingston
Largest city Denham Springs
Area
 • Total 703 sq mi (1,820 km2)
 • Land 648 sq mi (1,680 km2)
 • Water 55 sq mi (140 km2)  7.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 142,282
 • Density 202.39/sq mi (78.14/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th

Livingston Parish (Louisiana French: La Paroisse Livingston) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Livingston Parish is known as one of the eight Florida Parishes, a region of Louisiana that was bought from Spanish Florida, and created the modern day state borders.

It is widely accepted that the name Livingston is an eponym honoring Edward Livingston, a prominent American and Louisianan, a jurist and statesman who assisted in the drafting of the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825.

Livingston Parish is part of the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area. At the 2010 census, the population was 128,026; the 2019 American Community Survey estimated its population was 138,928. The 2020 census tabulated an increase at 142,282.

Its parish seat is located in the town of Livingston. Livingston Parish is also part of Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.

History

Livingston Parish was created by the state legislature in 1832. The historical parish seats were Van Buren (1832–35), Springfield (1835–72), Port Vincent (1872–81), and Centerville (1881–1941). Livingston became the seat of government in 1941.

The name Livingston is an eponym honoring Edward Livingston, a prominent American and Louisianan, a jurist and statesman who assisted in the drafting of the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825. Livingston Parish is one of the Florida Parishes.

During the 2016 Louisiana floods, Livingston Parish was one the hardest hit areas; an official estimated that 75 percent of the homes in the parish were a "total loss."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 703 square miles (1,820 km2), of which 648 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 55 square miles (140 km2) (7.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-12.svg Interstate 12
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Louisiana 16.svg Louisiana Highway 16
  • Louisiana 22.svg Louisiana Highway 22
  • Louisiana 40.svg Louisiana Highway 40
  • Louisiana 42.svg Louisiana Highway 42
  • Louisiana 43.svg Louisiana Highway 43
  • Louisiana 63.svg Louisiana Highway 63
  • Louisiana 444.svg Louisiana Highway 444

State parks

Adjacent parishes

Perrilloux Scott at Southeastern homecoming 2010 cr
Scott M. Perrilloux is the district attorney for the 21st judicial district of Louisiana, comprising the parishes (counties) of Livingston, Saint Helena, and Tangipahoa.

Together with the parishes of Saint Helena and Tangipahoa, Livingston Parish forms Louisiana's 21st judicial district.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,315
1850 3,385 46.2%
1860 4,431 30.9%
1870 4,026 −9.1%
1880 5,258 30.6%
1890 5,769 9.7%
1900 8,100 40.4%
1910 10,627 31.2%
1920 11,643 9.6%
1930 18,206 56.4%
1940 17,790 −2.3%
1950 20,054 12.7%
1960 26,974 34.5%
1970 36,511 35.4%
1980 58,806 61.1%
1990 70,526 19.9%
2000 91,814 30.2%
2010 128,026 39.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2019 ACS

The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 138,928 people and 48,410 households lived in the parish, up from 128,026 at the 2010 United States census. Its racial and ethnic makeup was 90.3% non-Hispanic white, 6.0% Black and African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.6% Asian alone, 0.8% some other race, 1.8% two or more races, and 3.7% Hispanic or Latin American of any race.

Among the population in 2019, 74.1% were aged 18 and older, 6.6% aged 5 and under, and 12.9% aged 65 and older. The median age was 36.6, and 2.2% of the population were foreign born.

An estimated 10,280 businesses were established in the parish, and 1,105 were minority-owned firms. Of the population, 59.3% were employed in the parish and 81.8% owned housing units. The median house value was $167,100, and the median gross rent from 2015 to 2019 was $934. The median household income was $63,389 and 15.2% of the parish lived at or below the poverty line.

2020 census

Livingston Parish racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 114,876 80.74%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11,178 7.86%
Native American 365 0.26%
Asian 1,116 0.78%
Pacific Islander 36 0.03%
Other/Mixed 5,920 4.16%
Hispanic or Latino 8,791 6.18%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 142,282 people, 47,014 households, and 32,840 families residing in the parish.

Communities

Map of Livingston Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Outline of the Parish with municipal labels

Cities

Towns

Villages

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Historic communities

  • Van Buren

Economy

Livingston Parish is home of one of two installations for the gravitational wave observatory (LIGO) which is a facility dedicated to the detection of cosmic gravitational waves for scientific research. As of January 2015, Livingston Parish was Louisiana's fastest-growing parish.

Education

The Livingston Parish Public Schools operates all public schools in the parish. The parish in the service area of Baton Rouge Community College.

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