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St. Bernard Parish
Parish of St. Bernard
St. Bernard Parish Courthouse
St. Bernard Parish Courthouse
Flag of St. Bernard Parish
Official seal of St. Bernard Parish
Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Bernard 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 March 31, 1807
Named for Bernardo de Galvez
Seat Chalmette
Largest community Chalmette
 • Total 2,158 sq mi (5,590 km2)
 • Land 378 sq mi (980 km2)
 • Water 1,781 sq mi (4,610 km2)  83%
 • Total 43,764
 • Density 115.78/sq mi (44.70/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

St. Bernard Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Bernard; Spanish: Parroquia de San Bernardo) is a parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat and largest community is Chalmette. The parish was formed in 1807. St. Bernard Parish is part of the New OrleansMetairie metropolitan statistical area; the parish is located southeast of the city of New Orleans and comprises the Chandeleur Islands and Chandeleur Sound in the east.

St. Bernard was the fastest growing parish in Louisiana from 2010 to 2020, increasing from a population of 35,897 in the 2010 census to 43,764 in 2020. It remains at less than two-thirds of its 2000 population of 67,229, prior to Hurricane Katrina.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 2,158 square miles (5,590 km2), of which 378 square miles (980 km2) is land and 1,781 square miles (4,610 km2) (83%) is water. It is the second largest parish in Louisiana by total area and has the largest percentage of area in water of any parish.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,020
1820 2,635 158.3%
1830 3,356 27.4%
1840 3,237 −3.5%
1850 3,802 17.5%
1860 4,076 7.2%
1870 3,553 −12.8%
1880 4,405 24.0%
1890 4,326 −1.8%
1900 5,031 16.3%
1910 5,277 4.9%
1920 4,968 −5.9%
1930 6,512 31.1%
1940 7,280 11.8%
1950 11,087 52.3%
1960 32,186 190.3%
1970 51,185 59.0%
1980 64,097 25.2%
1990 66,631 4.0%
2000 67,229 0.9%
2010 35,897 −46.6%
2020 43,764 21.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
St. Bernard Parish racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 23,165 52.93%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11,370 25.98%
Native American 215 0.49%
Asian 972 2.22%
Pacific Islander 6 0.01%
Other/Mixed 2,026 4.63%
Hispanic or Latino 6,010 13.73%

The 2019 American Community Survey determined 46,266 people and 15,005 households lived in the parish. At the 2020 census, there were 43,764 people, down from the prior census estimates yet up from 2010's 35,897 people. The racial and ethnic makeup of the parish was 69.4% non-Hispanic white, 23.3% Black and African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.5% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 2.0% some other race, and 2.4% from two or more races in 2019; an estimated 10.1% of the population were Hispanic and Latino American of any race in 2019. In 2020, the racial and ethnic composition was 52.93% non-Hispanic white, 25.98% Black or African American, 0.49% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.63% two or more races, and 13.73% Hispanic and Latino American of any race, reflecting the trend of diversification in the U.S.

Of the population, 90.7% spoke English at home, 5.5% Spanish, 1.6% other Indo-European languages, 1.6% Asian and Pacific Islander languages, and 0.7% other languages in 2019.

Among the 15,005 households, the median age was 34.2. Approximately 73.2% of the population were aged 18 and older, 7.4% under 5 years of age, and 11.1% aged 65 and older. The parish population was spread out in 17,035 housing units and there was a home-ownership rate of 67.7% compared to 64.0% nationwide from 2015 to 2019. The median housing value was $151,300, and median gross rent was $951. There was a median household income of $44,661; males had a median income of $48,252 versus $33,302 for females. An estimated 26.2% of the parish lived at or below the poverty line.


Public schools in the parish are operated by the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools agency.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the parish's 20 plus public schools were consolidated as one school, the St. Bernard Unified School, or SBUS. St. Bernard Unified School broke up into several different schools in the 2006–2007 school year.

The parish is served by Nunez Community College.

Additionally Delgado Community College states that its Sidney Collier Campus in East New Orleans is in proximity to St. Bernard Parish.

St. Bernard Parish also has only one Catholic school, Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. There is also one private Montessori school, Classique Academy.

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