Empire, Louisiana

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Empire is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,211 at the 2000 census.

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Hurricane Katrina

During the afternoon of August 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina approached the northern coastline of the Gulf of Mexico, generating tropical force winds along coastal areas of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. At 6:10 a.m., on August 29, 2005, Katrina made landfall just a few miles southeast of Empire, at Buras-Triumph, LA. Many fishing boats and shrimp boats were grounded along the coastal roads near Empire . During Hurricane Katrina, on August 29, 2005, the eye of the storm passed by Empire, and the area was entirely flooded, but the Empire High Bridge was not damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This bridge is the only way in or out of southern Plaquemines Parish.

Geography

Empire is located at 29°23′55″N 89°36′31″W / 29.39861°N 89.60861°W / 29.39861; -89.60861 (29.398586, -89.608501)[1] and has an elevation of 3 feet (0.9 m)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (30.64%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,211 people, 771 households, and 573 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 415.4 people per square mile (160.5/km²). There were 923 housing units at an average density of 173.4/square mile (67.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 60.79% White, 33.79% African American, 0.41% Native American, 2.76% Asian, 0.90% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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