Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

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Terrebonne Parish (Cajun French: Paroisse Terrebonne) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Houma. Its population was 104,503 (as of 2000). It is the second largest parish in Louisiana in terms of land area.

Terrebonne Parish is part of the HoumaBayou CaneThibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Terrebonne Parish was formed in 1822 from part of Lafourche Parish. The name "Terrebonne" means "good earth", "good land", "good soil" in French.

The parish has been run by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government since it absorbed the powers of the City of Houma. The parish is led by President Michel Claudet, elected in 2007.


The parish has a total area of 2,080 square miles (5,387 km²), of which, 1,255 square miles (3,250 km²) of it is land and 825 square miles (2,137 km²) of it (39.66%) is water.

National protected area


As of the census of 2008 there were 108,576 people, 35,997 households, and 27,393 families residing in the parish. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 39,928 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 74.07% White, 17.79% Black or African American, 5.29% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 10.66% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.5% speak Spanish.[1]

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