North Vacherie, Louisiana

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North Vacherie is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. James Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,411 at the 2000 census. Vacherie was noted in the 2000 as being the town with the least mobility of all the United States[1].



North Vacherie is located at 29°59′36″N 90°42′51″W / 29.99333°N 90.71417°W / 29.99333; -90.71417 (29.993379, -90.714089)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.1 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (5.25%) is water.

North Vacherie is known more popularly amongst locals as "Front Vacherie." Officially, both North Vacherie and South Vacherie are known overall as "Vacherie." South Vacherie is locally known as "Back Vacherie." The "unofficial" divider is Louisiana Highway 3127 which runs through the town from east to west. Other dividers that are commonly accepted for the dividing line of Front Vacherie and Back Vacherie are 1) an imaginary line drawn east to west just past the local watering hole "Daiquiri Explosion" and 2) St Patrick's St which runs east to west approx. 1 1/8 miles south of LA Hwy. 3127.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,411 people, 763 households, and 618 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 219.1 people per square mile (84.5/km²). There were 829 housing units at an average density of 75.3/sq mi (29.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 24.55% White, 75.36% African American and Franco-African, 0.04% from other races, and 0.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 763 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 26.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16 and the average family size was 3.57.

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