Des Allemands, Louisiana

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Des Allemands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lafourche and St. Charles parishes in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 2,500 at the 2000 census. The town, known as the "Catfish Capital of the Universe," is along the Bayou Des Allemands, which is the boundary of Lafourche and St. Charles parishes. The ZIP code for Des Allemands is 70030.

The St. Charles Parish portion of Des Allemands is part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Lafourche Parish portion is part of the HoumaBayou CaneThibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Des Allemands was settled in 1721 by immigrants to the colony of Louisiana from Germany under the control of John Law (economist) and the "Company of the Indies". "Des Allemands" means "the Germans" (partitive case) in the French. The German Louisiana colony was originally up the Mississippi River in what is now Arkansas, but experienced hostility from the local Native Americans in that area, and moved to a location much closer to the colonial capital of New Orleans.


Des Allemands is located at 29°49′32″N 90°28′9″W / 29.82556°N 90.46917°W / 29.82556; -90.46917 (29.825570, -90.469163)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.3 km²), of which, 8.7 square miles (22.5 km²) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it (20.35%) is water.

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