Terrytown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is on the "Westbank" (to the south) of the Mississippi River. It is a suburb within the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,319 at the 2010 census.
Location of Terrytown in Louisiana
|Coordinates: 29°54′08″N 90°01′46″W|
|• Total||3.72 sq mi (9.6 km2)|
|• Land||3.67 sq mi (9.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|• Density||6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||539830|
Terrytown was opened to a media tour on March 5, 1960, showcasing the newest of concepts in home construction at the time, with the original homes having all plumbing in one wall. The community was opened to the public and considered founded on March 6, 1960, by subdivision developer Paul Kapelow, who named the town after his first daughter, Terry Kapelow. Terrytown includes Oakwood Center, a major shopping mall in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Terrytown is located on the eastern edge of Jefferson Parish at 29°54′8″N 90°1′46″W (29.902356, -90.029475). It is bordered to the northeast by New Orleans in Orleans Parish, to the west by Gretna, to the south by Timberlane, and to the southeast by Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Terrytown CDP has a total area of 3.72 square miles (9.64 km2), of which 3.68 square miles (9.52 km2) are land and 0.05 square miles (0.12 km2), or 1.24%, are water.
Louisiana Highway 23 (Belle Chasse Highway) forms the southwest border of Terrytown, and Highway 428 (Behrman Highway) runs through the eastern part of the community. The two main intersecting streets in Terrytown are Terry Parkway, running north and south, and Carol Sue Avenue (named for Paul Kapelow's second daughter, Carol Sue Kapelow), running east and west.
As of the census of 2010, there were 23,320 people, 8,121 households, and 6,458 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,347 people per square mile (2,646.5/km²). There were 9,401 housing units at an average density of 2,412 per square mile (1,004.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 34.90% White, 32.80% African American, 0.61% Native American, 10.34% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 5.82% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 28.97% of the population.
There were 9,344 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,897, and the median income for a family was $41,963. Males had a median income of $31,421 versus $23,241 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,725. About 13.6% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
Jefferson Parish Public Schools operates public schools.
Geraldine Boudreaux and Terrytown Elementary Schools in Terrytown serve most of Terrytown, while William Hart Elementary, in Gretna, serves a small portion. All residents are zoned to Livaudais Middle School in Terrytown and West Jefferson High School in Harvey. In regards to advanced studies academies, residents are zoned to the Gretna Academy.
Private schools include:
- Christ the King Catholic Elementary School
- Stepping Stones Montessori
- Terrytown Academy
- Elmwood Park Academy
Jefferson Parish Library operates the Terrytown Library. The library is across the street from the Terrytown Playground, shares a parking lot with the Terrytown Golden Age Center, and is near Terrytown Elementary. The library first opened on October 9, 1974. In December 2009 the library closed for renovations. Chris Roberts, a parish council member, provided riverboat gaming funds to help renovate the library. The renovated library reopened on September 8, 2010 with a new main entrance.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Terrytown, Louisiana.|
- City-Data page on Terrytown
- Key to the City page on Terrytown
- IDcide page on Terrytown
- Terrytown Library
- Manav Tanneeru and Jennifer Pangyanszki, "Rebuilding homes, rebuilding lives: Terrytown residents appraise the damage done" [after Katrina]. CNN.com, Sept. 7, 2005.