French Settlement, Louisiana

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French Settlement (historically French: La Côte-Française[1]) is a village in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 945 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.



French Settlement was settled in 1800 via the Amite River by French, German and Italian immigrants. The area was a thriving center of commerce, including cypress sawmills, animal trappers, shingle-making, farms, and a steamboat port.[2]


French Settlement is located at 30°18′16″N 90°47′56″W / 30.30444°N 90.79889°W / 30.30444; -90.79889 (30.304395, -90.798881)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²). 7.0 km² (2.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.37% is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 945 people, 359 households, and 276 families residing in the village. The population density was 134.6/km² (349.0/mi²). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 62.1/km² (161.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.26% White, 0.21% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.

There were 359 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

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