Saint James Parish, Louisiana Real Estate Listings and Facts

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St. James Parish is bounded by Ascension Parish on the north, St. John the Baptist on the east, Assumption on the west and southwest, and Lafourche on the south.


  • Total Area: 258 Sq. Miles
  • Population: 21,567
  • Median Household Income: $41,751
  • Median Age: 34 years

St. James is one of the state’s nineteen original parishes, created by the act of the territorial legislature, March 31, 1807. The original seat of government was the community of St. James, on the west bank of the Mississippi, but this was moved in 1869 to what is now Convent, on the east bank.

St. James Parish is part of the Acadian Coast. While it is possible that some Acadians did arrive prior to 1755 or between 1755 and 1764, the first documented group of Acadians [4 families: 20 individuals] arrived in New Orleans in February 1764. The arrival was documented in a letter dated April 6, 1764, from Governor D’Abbadie to his superior in France. They were settled along the Mississippi River in present-day St. James.

Life on the river is at the heart of St. James Parish and its residents. The communities of St. James enjoy some of the country’s best boating activities, as well as fantastic opportunities for hunting and fishing in places like Bayou Cheveruil and Blind River. The highlight of the holiday season is the annual Christmas Eve Bonfire on the Levee, where locals light bonfires along the river, lighting them at nightfall to help Santa’s (“Papa Noël”) navigation.