Bridge City, Louisiana
Bridge City, Louisiana
|• Total||5.3 sq mi (14 km2)|
|• Land||4.2 sq mi (11 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (3 km2)|
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (560/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Bridge City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It was established in the 1930s during the construction of the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi River. The town is located on the south side (referred to as the "West Bank") of the river. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Bridge City is located on the east side of Jefferson Parish at (29.923956, -90.166030). The community is bordered to the northeast, across the Mississippi, by New Orleans in Orleans Parish. The remaining neighbors of Bridge City are all within Jefferson Parish: Elmwood and Jefferson to the north across the Mississippi, Avondale to the southwest, and Westwego to the southeast. Via the Huey P. Long Bridge carrying US 90, downtown New Orleans is 10 miles (16 km) to the northeast.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Bridge City CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (10.8 km2) are land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 20.30%, are water.
Bridge City is the home of the Avondale Shipyard.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,323 people, 2,834 households, and 2,122 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,903.8 people per square mile (735.4/km²). There were 3,067 housing units at an average density of 701.6 per square mile (271.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 45.08% White, 47.55% African American, 0.76% Native American, 3.94% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.46% of the population.
There were 2,834 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 28.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,002, and the median income for a family was $25,620. Males had a median income of $28,329 versus $18,350 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,333. About 28.8% of families and 32.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.8% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.
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Bridge City is host to Louisiana's annual Gumbo Festival.
Government and infrastructure
Bridge City is an unincorporated area of Jefferson Parish. Bridge City comes under the Jefferson Parish government. Bridge City is in the Third District Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The Bridge City Fire Department is District 70. The Bridge City Center for Youth, a juvenile correctional facility for boys operated by the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, is in Bridge City.
Most areas of the city are zoned to Mildred S. Harris Elementary School (formerly Bridge City Elementary School) in Bridge City. The school was given its current name, after the founding principal of the school, in 2012. Members of the family of the founding principal and former student Nedra Cassard had campaigned to have the school renamed, and the district voted in favor of renaming. The school was founded in 1952. Myrtle C. Thibodeaux Elementary School (formerly Westwego Elementary School) in Westwego and Catherine Strehle Elementary School in Avondale serve portions of Bridge City.
Secondary schools that serve the city include:
- Henry Ford Middle School in Avondale
- L.W. Higgins High School (unincorporated Jefferson Parish) in Marrero
In regards to advanced studies academies, residents are zoned to the Marrero Academy.
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