Meraux, Louisiana

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Meraux is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. The population was 10,192 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 2005, the town was devastated by storm surge and wind associated with Hurricane Katrina which destroyed the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal (MRGO) levee.


Meraux is located at 29°55′39″N 89°55′7″W / 29.9275°N 89.91861°W / 29.9275; -89.91861 (29.927561, -89.918508)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (12.94%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 10,192 people, 3,707 households, and 2,772 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,447.8 people per square mile (946.0/km²). There were 3,793 housing units at an average density of 911.0/sq mi (352.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.71% White, 3.66% African American, 0.47% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.07% of the population.

There were 3,707 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.23.

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