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Terrytown, Louisiana
Terrytown Library
Terrytown Library
Terrytown, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Terrytown, Louisiana
Terrytown, Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
 • Total 3.70 sq mi (9.57 km2)
 • Land 3.66 sq mi (9.49 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
 • Total 25,278
 • Density 6,899.02/sq mi (2,663.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 504
GNIS feature ID 539830

Terrytown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is on the "Westbank" (to the south) of the Mississippi River. It is a suburb within the New OrleansMetairieKenner metropolitan statistical area. The population was 23,319 at the 2010 census, and 25,278 in 2020.

Terrytown was opened to a media tour on March 5, 1960, showcasing the newest of concepts in home construction at the time, with the original homes having all plumbing in one wall. The community was opened to the public and considered founded on March 6, 1960, by subdivision developer Paul Kapelow, who named the town after his first daughter, Terry Kapelow. Terrytown includes Oakwood Center, a major shopping mall in the New Orleans metropolitan area.


Terrytown is located at 29°54′8″N 90°1′46″W / 29.90222°N 90.02944°W / 29.90222; -90.02944 (29.902356, -90.029475). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.07%) is water.

The two main intersecting streets are Terry Parkway, running north and south, and Carol Sue Ave. (named for Paul Kapelow's second daughter, Carol Sue Kapelow), running east and west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,832
1980 23,548 70.2%
1990 23,787 1.0%
2000 25,430 6.9%
2010 23,319 −8.3%
2020 25,278 8.4%
Terrytown racial composition as of 2020
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 6,518 25.79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,660 38.22%
Native American 45 0.18%
Asian 1,184 4.68%
Pacific Islander 21 0.08%
Other/Mixed 838 3.32%
Hispanic or Latino 7,012 27.74%

According to the 2010 U.S. census, there were 23,320 people, 8,121 households, and 6,458 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,347 people per square mile (2,646.5/km2). There were 9,401 housing units at an average density of 2,412 per square mile (1,004.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 34.90% White, 32.80% African American, 0.61% Native American, 10.34% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 5.82% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino American people of any race were 28.97% of the population.

There were 9,344 households, out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,897, and the median income for a family was $41,963. Males had a median income of $31,421 versus $23,241 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,725. About 13.6% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

The 2019 American Community Survey estimated 24,953 people lived in the CDP. The racial and ethnic makeup was 32.1% non-Hispanic white, 39.4% Black or African American, 1.2% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 11.7% some other race, 4.7% two or more races, and 23.8% Hispanic and Latino American of any race. The median household income was $46,638, and 22.9% of the population lived at or below the poverty line. A year later, the 2020 U.S. census determined there were 25,278 people, 8,609 households, and 5,771 families residing in the CDP. Among the racial and ethnic demographic, 38.22% were Black or African American, 25.79% non-Hispanic white, 0.18% Native American, 4.68% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.32% two or more races, and 27.74% Hispanic or Latino American of any race.

Religiously, and in common with most of southern Louisiana, the predominant faith affiliated with has been Christianity and its Catholic Church, followed by Baptists of varying denominations. Among the Catholic population, most are served by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans; Baptists are divided among the Southern Baptist Convention and historically Black or African American Baptist denominations such as the National Baptist Convention, USA and National Baptist Convention of America among others.


Terrytown Livaudais School 6
Livaudais Middle School

Jefferson Parish Public Schools operates public schools.

Geraldine Boudreaux and Terrytown Elementary Schools in Terrytown serve most of Terrytown, while William Hart Elementary, in Gretna, serves a small portion. All residents are zoned to Livaudais Middle School in Terrytown and West Jefferson High School in Harvey. In regards to advanced studies academies, residents are zoned to the Gretna Academy.

Kate Middleton Elementary in Gretna previously served a portion of Terrytown; it closed in 2012.

Private schools include:

  • Christ the King Catholic Elementary School (Closed 2020)
  • Stepping Stones Montessori
  • Terrytown Academy
  • Elmwood Park Academy

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Terrytown Library. The library is across the street from the Terrytown Playground, shares a parking lot with the Terrytown Golden Age Center, and is near Terrytown Elementary. The library first opened on October 9, 1974. In December 2009 the library closed for renovations. Chris Roberts, a parish council member, provided riverboat gaming funds to help renovate the library. The renovated library reopened on September 8, 2010 with a new main entrance.

Notable people

  • Bryan Adams, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 85 in Jefferson Parish, 2012–2016
  • Stephen J. Windhorst, state district judge and former member of the Louisiana House

See also

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