St. James Parish, Louisiana Real Estate Listings and Facts

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St. James Parish is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River. Considered part of the Acadian Coast, the St. James is one of the state’s original 19 parishes and is home to a variety of thriving communities, businesses, agriculture, history, and growth.


  • Total Area: 258 Sq. Miles
  • Population: 21,581
  • Median Household Income: $51,386
  • Median Age: 38.8 years

St. James Parish was created on March 31, 1807, by an act of the territorial legislature. Originally colonized by the exiled Acadians between 1755 and 1764, the first documented group consisting of four families (20 individuals) arrived in the New Orleans region in February 1764. The group’s exile was the result of being deported from the Quebec region of French Canada after the British suspected they were aligned with France while fighting the French Indian War. Several groups of Acadians were recruited by then-Spanish controlled Louisiana and began to make their new homes on the shores of the Mississippi. The parish grew around a prosperous sugarcane industry and is the only cultivation site for Perique tobacco, a unique and still sought-after variety.

Today, St. James Parish is home to thriving industries, including petrochemical, oil, gas, fertilizer and sugar refineries, offering a low cost of living, growing economy, and a highly skilled manufacturing workforce.

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.