Urania, Louisiana

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Urania is a town in La Salle Parish, Louisiana in the United States. The population was 700 at the 2000 census.

Urania was established in the late 1890s by lumbering magnate Henry E. Hardtner, who is considered "Louisiana's first conservationist." The name "Urania" is derived from the Greek for "muse of astronomy." Hardtner served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from La Salle Parish as well as long service on the La Salle Parish Police Jury.[1]



Urania is located at 31°51′46″N 92°17′29″W / 31.86278°N 92.29139°W / 31.86278; -92.29139 (31.862835, -92.291261)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it is land and 0.80% is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 700 people, 274 households, and 201 families residing in the town. The population density was 563.5 people per square mile (218.0/km²). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 250.4/sq mi (96.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.00% White, 0.71% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.57% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14% of the population.

There were 274 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

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