Patterson, Louisiana

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Patterson is a small city in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,530 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Morgan City Micropolitan Statistical Area.



During the early 19th century, a group of Pennsylvanian Dutchmen boarded a sailing vessel in New Orleans and ventured into the Bayou Teche. One of them, Hans Knight, decided to settle his family in what is now Patterson. The community was originally called Dutch Settlement, Dutch Prairie, and Dutch Town.

In 1832, Captain John Patterson, a trader from Indiana, settled there. He built a store and became a prominent citizen. The town was renamed Pattersonville after the captain successfully moved the post office to Dutch Settlement. Pattersonville was incorporated in 1907 as the Town of Patterson.[1]


Patterson is located at 29°41′33″N 91°18′24″W / 29.6925°N 91.30667°W / 29.6925; -91.30667 (29.692466, -91.306569)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,130 people, 1,852 households, and 1,364 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,081.8 people per square mile (805.2/km²). There were 2,061 housing units at an average density of 836.4/sq mi (323.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.55% White, 43.27% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.99% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.93% of the population.

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