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Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Population: 96,318

Lafourche Parish is located in southeast Louisiana and covers approximately 1,469 square miles. It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to its south, Terrebonne Parish to its west, Assumption Parish to its northwest, St. John Parish and St. James Parish to its north, and St. Charles Parish and Jefferson Parish to its east. There are three incorporated municipalities in Lafourche Parish: Thibodaux (parish seat), Lockport, and Golden Meadow. Lafourche is a parish of marshes, sandy ridges, bodies of water, and natural levees. Known as the "Sportsman's Paradise," Lafourche Parish boasts a natural habitat for a wide range of wildlife such as deer, nutria, alligators, fish, shellfish, etc.



Lafourche Parish (French for "the fork") was named after Bayou Lafourche, which forms a fork where it flows out of the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish and runs the length of the Parish into the Gulf of Mexico. Bayou Lafourche is known as the "Longest Street in the World" because of its 77 continuous miles of homes spaced so closely together along the bayou.

The original inhabitants of what is now Lafourche Parish were native American tribes, namely the Washa, the Chitimacha, and the Chawasha. In the mid-1700's, Spanish and French colonists began to settle along the upper banks of Bayou Lafourche. And later during the Great Expulsion of 1755, when the British governor of Nova Scotia ordered the deportation of over 4000 Acadians, many of the refugees settled in lower Lafourche and parts of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Lafourche Parish celebrated its 200th birthday on March 31, 2007. Lafourche was one of 19 parishes carved from the Louisiana Purchase on this date in 1807.


Industry Information:

Lafourche Parish's motto is "Feeding and Fueling America," and this is evident when you look at the Parish's major industries.

Lafourche Parish has a total agriculture farm value of over $98.78 million which has an economic impact of $250 million and is a renewable resource. Lafourche ranks in the top 10 parishes in the state of Louisiana in sugar, citrus and beef. We are the 9th largest sugar parish with over 28,000 acres of sugarcane (farm value of over $27 million with a total of 32 farms). Our two sugar mills grind over 2 million tons of cane annually. We are the 10th largest beef-producing parish with over 18,000 cows, 280 cattlemen and 50,000 acres of pasture with a farm value of over $8.7 million. Lafourche is the 2nd in the state in citrus production with 41 producers on over 100 acres. This is mostly satsumas and navel oranges with a farm value of nearly $1 million. Additionally, we are also the 21st largest vegetable producing parish with 12 commercial producers on 86 acres. The biggest crops are tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, okra and potatoes and the farm value is nearly $600,000. The Parish also has income from timber, hay and other animal commodities (horses, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs).

Lafourche Parish not only "Feeds America" with our crops and livestock, but with our seafood as well. Local fishermen haul in catches of shrimp, crawfish and crabs as well as several species of freshwater and saltwater fish and oysters. Our seafood is sold locally, shipped fresh to New Orleans markets, and/or shipped elsewhere for processing.

To understand how we "Fuel America," look no further than Port Fourchon, where 9 of the top 10 taxpayers in Lafourche operate from and/or utilize their facitlities. Over 250 companies occupy the port located at the southern end of the Parish at the Gulf of Mexico. Port Fourchon plays a strategic role in furnishing the country with up to 18% of its entire oil supply. Domestically, Port Fourchon services 90% of all deepwater oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, where America gets one-third of its domestic oil supply. The port is also the land base for LOOP (Louisiana Offshore Oil Port) which handles 10-15% of the nation's foreign oil and is connected to 50% of U.S. refining capacity. For More information on the oil and gas industry in Lafourche, visit the Greater Lafourche Port Commission website at

Because the fishing and oil industries are so prevalent here in Lafourche, the shipbuilding industry also thrives here. Ships and boats used in both industries are fabricated here in the Parish and sent all over the world. Additionally, a large number military vessels are built here as well.


2010 Census Information & Interactive Map:

Population: 96,318

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