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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Lafourche Parish Education, Geography, and History
Lafourche Parish is a parish located in the south of the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 96,318. The
parish seat is Thibodaux. The parish was formed in 1807. It was originally the northern part of Lafourche Interior Parish, which consisted of
the present parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne. Lafourche Parish was named after the Bayou Lafourche.
Lafourche Parish is part of the Houma-Thibodaux, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Lafourche Parish Name
The parish was named in honor of French phrase la forche or in English, the fork; Bayou Lafourche, or
Fork Bayou, is a fork of the Mississippi River.
Lafourche Parish was created on 1807, as an Original Parish and the parish was named in honor of French phrase la
forche or in English, the fork; Bayou Lafourche, or Fork Bayou, is a fork of the Mississippi River. The Parish seat is
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,474 square miles (3,820 km2), of which 1,068 square miles (2,770 km2)
is land and 406 square miles (1,050 km2) (28%) is water. To the south of the parish is the Gulf of Mexico.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
North: St. John the Baptist Parish; St. Charles Parish
Northeast: Jefferson Parish
Southeast: Gulf of Mexico
Southwest: Terrebonne Parish
Northwest: Assumption Parish; St. James Parish
The parish is zoned to Lafourche Parish Public Schools
Central Lafourche in Mathews.
South Lafourche in Galliano.
Thibodaux High in Thibodaux.