St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

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St. Martin Parish (French: Paroisse de Saint-Martin) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Martinville. As of the 2000 census, the population was 48,583.

St. Martin Parish is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Lafayette–Acadiana Combined Statistical Area.



The parish is split into two noncontiguous parts because of a surveying error dating to 1868, when Iberia Parish was created by the Louisiana Legislature. St. Martin has the highest percentage of French-speaking residents of any county or parish in the United States.


The parish has a total area of 816 square miles (2,115 km²), of which, 740 square miles (1,916 km²) of it is land and 77 square miles (198 km²) of it is water. The total area is 9.38% water.

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