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St. Bernard Parish
|Parish of St. Bernard|
St. Bernard Parish Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
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|Founded||March 31, 1807|
|Named for||Bernardo de Galvez|
|• Total||2,158 sq mi (5,590 km2)|
|• Land||378 sq mi (980 km2)|
|• Water||1,781 sq mi (4,610 km2) 83%|
|• Density||20.280/sq mi (7.8301/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
St. Bernard Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Bernard; Spanish: Parroquia de San Bernardo) is a parish located 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 Orleans–Metairie metropolitan statistical area. The parish is located southeast 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.
Bodies of water
|U.S. Decennial Census
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. 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. An estimated 10.1% of the population were Hispanic and Latin American of any race. 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.
- Renato Beluche
- P. G. T. Beauregard
- Walter Boasso
- A. G. Crowe
- Chris Dier
- Albert Estopinal
- Ray Garofalo
- Samuel B. Nunez Jr.
- Kenneth L. Odinet Sr.
- Leander Perez
- François Marie, Chevalier de Reggio
- Edward Ripoll
- Mitchell Robinson
- Junior Rodriguez
- Jean Saint Malo
- Elmer R. Tapper
- Jacques Villeré
- Norris Weese
- Tommy Wiseau
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