Zachary, Louisiana

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Zachary is a city in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States, in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 11,275 at the 2000 census.

As the population of East Baton Rouge Parish grows, Zachary is changing from a small country town to an affluent suburb of Baton Rouge. Much of Zachary's growth may be attributed to its ranking by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education as the top school district in the state every year since 2005.[citation needed]



Zachary was named after a farmer who owned the land that became the present city of Zachary. Zachary's first post office opened in 1885, and it was incorporated as a city in 1889. The first census in 1914 reported just 419 residents. By 1980, there were 7,525 residents, in 2000 there were 11,275 residents.

The Zachary school district became independent from the East Baton Rouge Parish school district in 2004.[citation needed]

Zachary was the first city in Louisiana to elect a Republican as mayor in 20th-century Louisiana. Jack Louis Breaux, Sr., served as a part-time mayor from 1966–1978, and a full-time mayor under a home-rule charter from 1978 until his death of a brain tumor on January 26, 1980.


Zachary is located at 30°39′18″N 91°9′24″W / 30.655°N 91.15667°W / 30.655; -91.15667 (30.655085, -91.156781)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.8 square miles (61.5 km²), of which, 23.7 square miles (61.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,275 people, 3,836 households, and 3,064 families residing in the city. The population density was 475.2 people per square mile (183.5/km²). There were 4,076 housing units at an average density of 171.8/sq mi (66.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.76% White, 28.72% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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