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Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Map
Map of Louisiana highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat New Roads
Largest City New Roads
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

591 sq mi (1,531 km²)
557 sq mi (1,443 km²)
33 sq mi (85 km²), 5.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

22,251
41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5 : /
Website: http://www.pcpolicejury.org/
Named for: French for the place of the cut-off
Map of Pointe Coupee Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Pointe Coupee Parish, (how to say: /'pɔɪnt kə'pi:/; French: Paroisse de la Pointe-Coupée), is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,802. The parish seat is New Roads.

Pointe Coupee Parish is part of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 2010, the center of population of Louisiana was located in Pointe Coupee Parish, in the city of New Roads.

History

Pointe Coupee Parish (originally pronounced pwant coo-pay) was organized by European Americans in 1805 as part of the Territory of Orleans (statehood for Louisiana followed in 1812). There were minor boundary adjustments with neighboring parishes up through 1852, when its boundaries stabilized.

In 2008, Pointe Coupee was one of the communities that suffered the most damage by Hurricane Gustav.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 591 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 557 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (5.6%) is water. The land consists mainly of prairies and backswamp.

Major highways

Pointe Coupee Parish has 498.98 miles of highways within its borders. U.S. Highway 190 is the only four-lane roadway in the parish

  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Louisiana 1.svg Louisiana Highway 1
  • Louisiana 10.svg Louisiana Highway 10
  • Louisiana 15.svg Louisiana Highway 15
  • Louisiana 77.svg Louisiana Highway 77
  • Louisiana 78.svg Louisiana Highway 78
  • Louisiana 81.svg Louisiana Highway 81
  • Louisiana 411.svg Louisiana Highway 411
  • Louisiana 413.svg Louisiana Highway 413
  • Louisiana 414.svg Louisiana Highway 414
  • Louisiana 415.svg Louisiana Highway 415
  • Louisiana 416.svg Louisiana Highway 416
  • Louisiana 417.svg Louisiana Highway 417
  • Louisiana 418.svg Louisiana Highway 418
  • Louisiana 419.svg Louisiana Highway 419
  • Louisiana 420.svg Louisiana Highway 420
  • Louisiana 970.svg Louisiana Highway 970
  • Louisiana 971.svg Louisiana Highway 971
  • Louisiana 972.svg Louisiana Highway 972
  • Louisiana 973.svg Louisiana Highway 973
  • Louisiana 975.svg Louisiana Highway 975
  • Louisiana 976.svg Louisiana Highway 976
  • Louisiana 977.svg Louisiana Highway 977
  • Louisiana 978.svg Louisiana Highway 978
  • Louisiana 979.svg Louisiana Highway 979
  • Louisiana 981.svg Louisiana Highway 981
  • Louisiana 982.svg Louisiana Highway 982
  • Louisiana 983.svg Louisiana Highway 983
  • Louisiana 984.svg Louisiana Highway 984
  • Louisiana 3050.svg Louisiana Highway 3050
  • Louisiana 3091.JPG Louisiana Highway 3091
  • Louisiana 3131.svg Louisiana Highway 3131
  • Louisiana 3190.svg Louisiana Highway 3190

Major waterways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

  • Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1745 600 —    
1810 3,187 +431.2%
1820 4,912 +54.1%
1830 5,942 +21.0%
1840 7,898 +32.9%
1850 11,339 +43.6%
1860 17,718 +56.3%
1870 12,981 −26.7%
1880 17,785 +37.0%
1890 19,613 +10.3%
1900 25,777 +31.4%
1910 25,289 −1.9%
1920 24,697 −2.3%
Year Pop. ±%
1930 21,007 −14.9%
1940 24,004 +14.3%
1950 21,841 −9.0%
1960 22,488 +3.0%
1970 22,002 −2.2%
1980 24,045 +9.3%
1990 22,540 −6.3%
2000 22,763 +1.0%
2010 22,802 +0.2%
2013 22,499 −1.3%
2014 22,406 −0.4%
2015 22,251 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,763 people, 8,397 households, and 6,171 families residing in the parish. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 10,297 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 68.91% White, 29.61% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 93.61% of the population spoke only English at home, while 4.89% spoke French or Cajun French, 0.96% spoke Spanish, and 0.73% spoke Louisiana Creole French.[1]

There were 8,397 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $30,618, and the median income for a family was $36,625. Males had a median income of $35,022 versus $20,759 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,387, ranking 23rd out of 64 parishes. About 18.70% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.20% of those under age 18 and 23.90% are the age of 65 and older.

National Guard

A Co of the 769th BEB (Brigade Engineer Battalion) is an Engineer Company (Combat) that resides in New Roads, Louisiana. This unit is part of the 256TH IBCT and deployed to Iraq in 2004-5 and 2010.

Communities

PointeCoupee-NamesMap
Pointe Coupee Parish map showing names and locations of towns and communities

City

Towns

Village

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

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