Waggaman, Louisiana

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Waggaman is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Waggaman is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, within the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 9,435 at the 2000 census. The area was named for U.S. Senator George Augustus Waggaman (1782-1843).



George Augustus Waggaman settled in the area with his wife, Camille Arnoult, who inherited a large tract of land there. The two built a considerable plantation which they named Avondale. Today the Avondale area, also an unincorporated community and which abuts Waggaman, is home to Avondale Shipyards, one of the largest employers in Jefferson Parish. The Avondale home succumbed to the Mississippi River in the year 1892.


Waggaman is located at 29°55′47″N 90°13′48″W / 29.92972°N 90.23°W / 29.92972; -90.23 (29.929856, -90.230053)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (14.94%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,435 people, 2,999 households, and 2,483 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,690.2 people per square mile (652.8/km²). There were 3,096 housing units at an average density of 554.6/sq mi (214.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 41.92% White, 54.44% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.15% of the population.

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