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Pointe Coupee Parish
Parish of Pointe Coupee
Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse
Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse
Map of Louisiana highlighting Pointe Coupee Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded 1807
Named for French for the place of the cut-off
Seat New Roads
Largest city New Roads
Area
 • Total 591 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Land 557 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Water 33 sq mi (90 km2)  5.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 22,016
 • Estimate 
(2021)
22,706
 • Density 37.25/sq mi (14.383/km2)
Demonym(s) Pointe Coupean
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
70715, 70729, 70732, 70736, 70747, 70749, 70752, 70753, 70755, 70756, 70759, 70760, 70762, 70773, 70783
Area code 225
Congressional district 6th

Pointe Coupee Parish, ( or 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, Louisiana 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
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  • Louisiana 3190.svg Louisiana Highway 3190

Major waterways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

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%
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%
2020 22,016 −3.4%
2021 (est.) 22,706 +3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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

Economy

Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America has a large plant near Batchelor. Another large employer is NRG / Big Cajun 1 & 2 power plants near New Roads. The parish's economy is heavily reliant upon agriculture, with sugar cane being one of the main cash crops.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board serves the parish. As of 2014 the sole secondary school operated by the parish school board is Livonia High School, serving grades 7 through 12. Pointe Coupee Central High School was closed down in 2014. Current public schools include Stem Magnet Academy, Valverda Elementary, Rougon, Rosenwald, and Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary.

  • Catholic Elementary of Pointe Coupee / Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee (of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge)
  • False River Academy

The parish is in the service area of South Louisiana Community College.

Notable residents

  • Lindy Boggs (1916-2013) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district and U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. She was a Dame of the Orders of Malta, St. Lazarus and Holy Sepulchre as well as the Pian Order.
  • Brian J. Costello, native and lifelong resident of New Roads is a humanitarian author of more than two dozen books on local, Louisiana, European and religious studies and is a Knight of the Imperial Teutonic, St. Lazarus and Nobility of the Holy Roman Empire Orders.
  • Emmitt Douglas (1926–1981) – president of the Louisiana NAACP from 1966 to 1981, resided in New Roads from 1949 to 1981
  • Ernest Gaines – author
  • Clark Gaudin - former state representative from East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Buddy Guy - Singer
  • Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, historian, did extensive research and writing about slavery in Louisiana, having discovered important documentation of the slave trade and individual slaves that provided new understanding of African-American history in Louisiana, including the specific ethnic origins in various African cultures of many slaves
  • Russel L. Honoré - retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
  • J. Thomas Jewell - state representative 1936–1968; Speaker of the Louisiana House 1960-1964
  • J. E. Jumonville, Jr. - state senator from District 17, 1976–1992, horse breeder
  • J. E. Jumonville, Sr. - state senator, 1968–1976, natural gas developer
  • Catherine D. Kimball - former Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court; former judge of the Louisiana 18th Judicial District Court, 1983-1993
  • Major General John Archer Lejeune, career military officer and Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Hall Lyons (1923-1998) - Louisiana oilman and politician, owned at least two oil wells in Pointe Coupee Parish.
  • deLesseps Story Morrison (1912–1964), born in New Roads, was elected four times as mayor of New Orleans, serving from 1946 to 1962; he ran unsuccessfully three times for governor of Louisiana. He was also the United States ambassador to the Organization of American States.
  • Jacob Haight Morrison, (1905-1974), New Roads native, became a journalist, politician and preservationist, helping protect the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  • Charles Parlange - former Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Scott L. Smith, Jr. - Catholic author, theologian, and attorney
  • Julien Poydras – territorial U.S. Representative for Louisiana; 1st State Senate President, philanthropist
  • James Ryder Randall - poet, teacher at Poydras Academy, 1856–1860, wrote "Maryland, My Maryland" while living in Pointe Coupée Parish
  • Nauman Scott - judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Alexandria
  • Major Thibaut - state representative for District 18 since 2008; First Parish President
  • H. C. Tounoir - former state representative
  • Chris Williams - offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams
  • Clyde Kimball - former State Representative and former deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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