Berwick, Louisiana

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Berwick is a town in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 4,418 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

V.J. Bella, state representative from St. Mary Parish from 1972–1980, was known as a legislative fiscal watchdog. Prior to his legislative service, Bella was the fire chief in Berwick. He subsequently served as state fire marshal.

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History

The first white settler to trek through the wilderness in this area was Thomas Berwick, a surveyor from Pennsylvania who was working in Opelousas, Louisiana. He settled along the banks of the Atchafalaya River in the late 18th century. Today the town of Berwick is home to several seafood processing plants and numerous boat companies.[1]

Geography

Berwick is located at 29°41′53″N 91°13′37″W / 29.69806°N 91.22694°W / 29.69806; -91.22694 (29.698148, -91.227052)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.81%) is water. The Berwick area is known for its high academic standards and high performing bands. Berwick High School ranked as the seventh best public high school in Louisiana for the 2006-2007 school year.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,418 people, 1,655 households, and 1,193 families residing in the town. The population density was 741.3 people per square mile (286.2/km²). There were 1,825 housing units at an average density of 306.2/sq mi (118.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.65% White, 8.26% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

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