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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St. Landry Parish Education, Geography, and History
St. Landry Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 83,384. The parish seat is
Opelousas. The parish was created in 1807.
St. Landry Parish comprises the Opelousas, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Lafayette-Opelousas-Morgan City, LA
Combined Statistical Area. It is at the heart of Creole and Cajun culture and heritage in Louisiana.
St. Landry Parish was created on March 31, 1807. It is one of the 19 parishes, which were created by dividing the
Territory of New Orleans. The parish was named in honor of Saint Landry. The Parish seat is Opelousas.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 939 square miles (2,430 km2), of which 924 square miles (2,390 km2) is
land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (0.6%) is water.