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St. Charles Parish
Parish of St. Charles
Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge
Map of Louisiana highlighting St. Charles Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
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Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded 1807
Named for St. Charles
Seat Hahnville
Largest community Luling
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land 279 sq mi (720 km2)
 • Water 132 sq mi (340 km2)  32%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 52,549
 • Density 127.86/sq mi (49.37/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 2nd, 6th

St. Charles Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Charles) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. At the 2020 census, its population was 52,549. The parish seat is Hahnville. The most populous community is Luling.

The parish was formed in 1807, following the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803. It was originally part of the German Coast, an area along the east bank of the Mississippi River that was settled by numerous German pioneers in the 1720s. This was historically an area of sugarcane plantations. The parish includes territory on both sides of the river.

St. Charles Parish is included in the New Orleans-Metairie metropolitan statistical area.

St. Charles Parish was devastated by Hurricane Ida on August 29, 2021. Parish President Matthew Jewel stated that "Nearly every structure in the parish has damage ranging from cosmetic damage to a total collapse of a home or building"

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,291
1820 3,862 17.4%
1830 5,147 33.3%
1840 4,700 −8.7%
1850 5,120 8.9%
1860 5,297 3.5%
1870 4,867 −8.1%
1880 7,161 47.1%
1890 7,737 8.0%
1900 9,072 17.3%
1910 11,207 23.5%
1920 8,586 −23.4%
1930 12,111 41.1%
1940 12,321 1.7%
1950 13,363 8.5%
1960 21,219 58.8%
1970 29,550 39.3%
1980 37,259 26.1%
1990 42,437 13.9%
2000 48,072 13.3%
2010 52,780 9.8%
2020 52,549 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

At the 2020 U.S. census, there were 52,549 people living in the parish. At the 2019 American Community Survey, there were 52,773 people and 19,212 households in the parish. Of the population, 7.1% spoke another language other than English at home; the second most spoken language in the parish was Spanish.

In 2019, the racial and ethnic makeup of St. Charles was 69.2% non-Hispanic white, 26.6% Black and African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.0% Asian alone, 1.7% some other race, and 1.0% two or more races. Hispanic and Latin Americans of any race made up 6.1% of the population. An estimated 3.3% of the population were foreign-born.

The median age was 37.9, and 6.2% of the parish was aged 5 and under. Of the 19,212 households in 2019, there were 20,710 housing units spread throughout the parish, and 4,349 corporations. Approximately 80.7% of the parish lived in owner-occupied units, and the median housing value was $207,700. The median gross rent was $978. St. Charles had a median household income of $69,019 and 15.1% lived at or below the poverty line. Among the population, males had a median income of $43,589 versus $43,022 for females, closing the gender pay gap.

Education

St. Charles Parish Public Schools operates public schools.

It is in the service area of Delgado Community College.

Notable people

  • Darren Barbier, Luling, former head football coach at Nicholls State University
  • Alfred Blue, Boutte, NFL running back
  • David Butler, sculptor and painter
  • LaRon Byrd, Hahnville, NFL wide receiver
  • Mutt Carey, Hahnville, jazz trumpeter whose family moved to New Orleans when he was a child
  • Joel Chaisson, Destrehan, State Senate President from 2008 to 2012
  • Charles Frederick d’Arensbourg, Leader of the German Coast settlement
  • Dana "Pokey" Chatman, Ama, WNBA Indiana Fever head coach, former LSU women's basketball coach
  • Burnell Dent, St. Rose, NFL linebacker
  • Jean Noel Destréhan, Destrehan, U.S. Senator
  • Jesse Duplantis, Destrehan, televangelist
  • Hoffman Franklin Fuller, Destrehan, professor-emeritus at Tulane University Law School
  • Michael Hahn, Hahnville, 19th Governor of Louisiana and U.S. Representative
  • Shelley Hennig, Destrehan and St. Rose, actress and Miss Teen USA
  • Curtis Johnson, St. Rose, head football coach at Tulane University and NFL assistant coach
  • Damaris Johnson, Norco, NFL wide receiver
  • Dawan Landry, Ama, NFL safety
  • LaRon Landry, Ama, NFL safety (younger brother of Dawan Landry).
  • Rondell Mealey, Norco, NFL running back
  • Gregory A. Miller, Norco, attorney in Destrehan and state representative
  • Jerico Nelson, Destrehan, NFL safety
  • Jeremy Parquet, Norco, NFL offensive lineman
  • George T. Oubre, Norco, state senator
  • Rusty Rebowe, Norco, NFL linebacker
  • Tim Rebowe, Norco, head football coach at Nicholls State University
  • Ed Reed, St. Rose, NFL safety, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Darius Reynaud, born in Luling, NFL wide receiver
  • Darryl Richard, St. Rose, NFL defensive lineman
  • Garland Robinette, Boutte, journalist and news anchor
  • Mike Scifres, Destrehan, NFL punter
  • Gary Smith, Jr., Norco, state senator
  • Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, St. Rose, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Josh Victorian, St. Rose, NFL cornerback
  • Darius Vinnett, St. Rose, NFL cornerback
  • Devon Walker, Destrehan, Tulane and NFL safety
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