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Louisiana Parishes

Louisiana is divided into sixty-four parishes. On March 31, 1807, the territorial legislature divided the state into 19 parishes, without getting rid of the old counties (which continued to exist until 1845). In 1811, a constitutional convention organized the state into seven judicial districts, each consisting of groups of parishes. In 1816, the first official map of the state used the term, as did the 1845 constitution. Since then, the official term has been parishes.

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Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

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Jefferson Davis Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 31,594. The parish seat is Jennings. Jefferson Davis Parish is named after the president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis. It is located in southwestern Louisiana and forms a part of the Acadiana region.

Etymology - Origin of Jefferson Davis Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.


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Jefferson Davis County History

Jefferson Davis Parish was created on 1913, from Calcasieu Parish and the parish was named in honor of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. The Parish seat is Jennings.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 659 square miles (1,710 km2), of which 651 square miles (1,690 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Jefferson Davis Parish comprises five incorporated towns including Elton, Fenton, Jennings, Lake Arthur, and Welsh. There are also many unincorporated areas that add to the interest and economic structure of the parish including Barnsdall, Buller, China, Coverdale, Edna, Fontenot, Foreman's Hall, Hathaway, Illinois Plant, Lacassine, Lauderdale, Panchoville, Pine Island, Raymond, Roanoke, Silverwood, Thornwell, Topsy, Verret, and Woodlawn. Interstate 10 runs east and west through the center of the parish, providing quick, easy access to local markets. Additionally, the Union Pacific Railroad is centrally located within the parish and the Mermentau River, which connects to the Intracoastal Waterway and has a channel depth of nine feet, provides access to the Port of Mermentau. The Jennings Airport, with a runway length of 5,000 feet (1,500 m), is capable of landing a small jet and is conveniently located next to Interstate 10. Thanks to these and many other attributes within its community, the overall economic outlook for the parish is promising. Jefferson Davis Parish also attracts sportsmen to the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Allen Parish
  • Northeast: Evangeline Parish
  • East: Acadia Parish
  • Southeast: Vermilion Parish
  • Southwest: Cameron Parish
  • West: Calcasieu Parish
  • Northwest: Beauregard Parish


Jefferson Davis Parish Public Schools operates public schools in the parish.

Bethel Christian School is a PreK-12 Christian school located in unincorporated Jefferson Davis Parish, near Jennings.

Our Lady Immaculate is a PreK-8 Catholic School located on Roberts Avenue in Jennings. It was founded in 1958.

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