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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 was formed in 1807.
The parish seat is Thibodaux. Lafourche Parish
is named after the Bayou Lafourche.
Lafourche Parish is part of the Houma-Thibodaux, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
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 Thibodaux. The parish was originally the northern part of Lafourche Interior Parish, which consisted of the present parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne.
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.
Lafourche Parish is located in southeast Louisiana. To the south of the parish is the Gulf of Mexico. Part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is located in this parish. Catfish lake is in Lafourche parish.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
The parish is zoned to Lafourche Parish Public Schools
Central Lafourche in Mathews.
South Lafourche in Galliano.
Thibodaux High in Thibodaux.
Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.