Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana Mapped Listings, Details and Facts
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Louisiana’s southernmost parish, Plaquemines is located at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The parish is known for its wonderful seafood, produce, and citrus. Plaquemines Parish is home to 78 fresh and saltwater lakes, outdoor activities, several historic sites, and more. Plaquemines is a beautiful, vibrant parish centered on the abundance available to residents.
PALQUEMINES PARISH FAST FACTS:
- Total area: 2,429 sq miles.
- Population: 23,584
- Median Age: 36.3
- Median Household Income: $50,251
In 1699, the first French settlers arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi, building a fort they dubbed La Balize. As more settlers arrived and trade on the river increased, La Balize, which means ‘seamark,’ became home to the river pilots and their families. The name Plaquemines is derived from the Atakapi word piakimin, meaning ‘persimmon.’ The French established a military installation on the river and named it Plaquemines because the area was surrounded by persimmon trees.
Plaquemines Parish was established in 1807, and the current seat is Pointe á la Hache. It’s most famous historical landmark is Fort Jackson, built in 1822, which served as a strategic coastal defense of New Orleans. Fort Jackson stands today, owned and operated by the parish as a historical museum.
Plaquemines Parish is an outdoor and seafood enthusiast’s paradise, providing residents with an idea balance between urban and rural lifestyles. The largest Plaquemines community, Belle Chasse, is a 25 minute commute to New Orleans. Surrounded by waterways, the parish brings in some of the country’s best fresh and saltwater seafood – including oysters, shrimp, crab, crawfish, mackerel, snapper and more. Citrus production is a source of pride for the parish, and every year the area holds a Parish Fair and Orange Fest, as well as a large seafood festival.
Top industries in the parish include commercial fishing, offshore oil rig management, citrus farming and nursery production, and a large healthcare sector. Leisure activities abound, with sport fishing, water sports, hiking, and dining.