Reserve, Louisiana

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Reserve is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 9,111 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In the early 20th century the plantation at Reserve had the largest sugar refinery in the United States.

President William Howard Taft visited Reserve in 1909. President Gerald Ford visited Reserve in 1976.

Reserve was the birthplace of jazz musician Kid Thomas Valentine.

The Godchaux-Reserve home, the oldest portion of which dates to 1764, is a building on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, in 2005 Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church which dates back to 1937 was added to The Louisiana National Register of Historic Places ( Our Lady of Grace was built to serve the needs of the African American Catholic Community.


Reserve is located at 30°3′45″N 90°33′12″W / 30.0625°N 90.55333°W / 30.0625; -90.55333 (30.062566, -90.553296).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44.3 km²), of which, 16.1 square miles (41.6 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it (6.13%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,111 people, 3,068 households, and 2,347 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 567.1 people per square mile (218.9/km²). There were 3,385 housing units at an average density of 210.7/sq mi (81.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 44.17% White, 53.92% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

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