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The Cities and communities of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana*


Bridge City


Grand Isle, Gretna (Parish Seat)

Harahan, Harvey



Lafitte (Jean Lafitte)

Marrero, Metairie

River Ridge

Terrytown, Timberlane

Waggaman, Westwego

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Information & Facts about Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Jefferson Parish Government

Gretna Courthouse
200 Derbigny St.
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 364-3740

Yenni Building
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd.
Harahan, LA 70123
PHone: (504) 736-6100

The parish seat is Gretna

Elections are held every four years to select five district and two at-large representatives for Jefferson Parish Council seats. Also elected is a parish president, who is the chief executive for the parish. Other elected positions include sheriff, coroner, district attorney and the school board.

City of Gretna
City of Kenner
City of Harahan

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
701 S Upland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70123-1069
Phone: 504-465-1460

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1990 - 448,306
1996 - 455,043
2000 - 455,456
2003 - 452,201
2004 - 453,590
2005 - 457,750
2007 - 463,110

Population density:
2000 - 1,477 persons per square mile

Median age:
2005 - 37 years

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Jefferson Parish is a long and narrow one, ranging from the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It is next to Orleans Parish and New Orleans as well as Plaquemines Parish on the east and Lafourche and St. Charles parishes on the west.. Though is has much business activity and several large municipalities, such as Kenner and Metairie, it is largely a suburban parish. The Mississippi River goes through the parish.

Neighboring counties:
Lafourche Parish
Orleans Parish
Plaquemines Parish
St. Charles Parish
St. John the Baptist Parish
St. Tammany Parish
Tangipahoa Parish

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Annual average temperature 68.8°
Average annual rainfall 64.16 in.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Average home cost
2000 - $182,418 (eastbank) and $111,932 (westbank)

Median house value:
2005 - $141,800

Median household income:
2005 - $141,773

Per capita income:
1998 - $26,251
2002 - $30,280

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Initially, the Parish was to be called Tchoupitoulas, but instead, this parish was named for our third President, Thomas Jefferson,  on 11 February1825 in honor of his role in the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803. Originally, the parish was larger than it is today. It went from Felicity Street in New Orleans to the St. Charles Parish line. As Orleans Parish continued to grow and expand it moved into former Jefferson Parish areas. The current borders were set in 1874. At this time the parish seat was moved to Gretna where it remains today.

A history page for the Parish

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With the Mississippi River coursing through the Parish, the geography has wetlands in the West Bank area. There are also sandy beaches in the Grand Isle area. Most of the area is low-lying.

Land area: 305.9 square miles
Water area: 336.5 square miles

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Jefferson Parish GenWeb page
Cemeteries of Jefferson Parish

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Jefferson Parish Library
4747 West Napoleon Ave
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-838-1100

Jefferson Parish Library
2350 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001-5531
Phone: 504-838-4353

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Jefferson Parish Public Schools
4600 River Road
Marrero, Louisiana 70072
Phone: (504) 349-7600

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Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission

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Organizations & Groups

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

1118 Clearview Parkway
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: 504-885-2000

Jefferson Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 411
Jefferson, Louisiana 70123
Phone: (504) 731-7083
Fax: (504) 731-7089
Toll Free: 1-877-572-7474

Friends of Jefferson Public Library
P.O. Box 9391
Metairie, LA 70055

Jefferson Historical Society
4014 Connecticut Ave.
Kenner LA 70065
Phone: 504-468-2525


Westwego Historical Society and Museum
275 Sala Avenue
Westwego, LA 70094
Phone: 504-341-3161

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
3421 N. Causeway Blvd, Ste 203
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: 504-835-3880
Improving business, Improving Lives in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
1515 Poydras St.
Suite 1010
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-885-4262


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Attractions & Other Information

Mardi Gras - Jefferson Parish

Pontchartrain Center - a multipurpose convention center and arean in Kenner with 70,000 square feet of space and arena seating for over 3,500 persons

John A. Alario, Sr. Event Center at the Bayou Segnette Sports Complex
2000 Segnette Blvd.
Westwego, LA 70094
Phone: (504) 349-5525
a 77,000 square foot multipurpose facility located on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish in Westwego, Louisiana

Rivertown in Kenner
415 Williams Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana
PHone: 504-468-7231
Rivertown is a sixteen-block historic district, providing family entertainment and an educational experience for everyone. It features eight museums, an art gallery, a repertory theater and many restaurants and shops.

Retire in Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish Tourist Information
300 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70062-5046
Phone: 504-468-7527

Grand Isle State Park
P.O. Box 741
Grand Isle, LA 70358
Phone: 985-787-2559
Toll-free: 1-888-787-2559
The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Grand Isle State Park offers excellent opportunities for fishing, crabbing, sunning, camping and nature watching.

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