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Bridge City is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisianamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 8,323 at the 2000 census. It was established in the 1930s during the construction of the Huey P.marker Long Bridgemarker over the Mississippi River. The town is located on the West Bank of the river. It is part of the New OrleansmarkerMetairiemarkerKennermarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Bridge City is located at (29.923956, -90.166030) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²) of it (16.73%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,323 people, 2,834 households, and 2,122 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,903.8 people per square mile (735.4/km²). There were 3,067 housing units at an average density of 701.6/sq mi (271.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 45.08% White, 47.55% African American, 0.76% Native American, 3.94% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.46% of the population.

There were 2,834 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 28.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,002, and the median income for a family was $25,620. Males had a median income of $28,329 versus $18,350 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,333. About 28.8% of families and 32.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.8% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Festivals

Bridge City is host to Louisiana's annual Gumbo Festival.

Education

The area's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Schools that serve the city include:
  • Bridge City Elementary School (unincorporated Jefferson Parish)
  • Worley Middle School (Westwegomarker)
  • L.W. Higgins High School (unincorporated Jefferson Parish)


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