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Tangipahoa Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 121,097. The parish seat is
Amite City, but the largest city is Hammond. Tangipahoa comes from an Acolapissa word meaning "ear of corn" or "those who gather corn." The
parish was founded in 1869.
Tangipahoa Parish comprises the Hammond, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the New Orleans-Metairie-Hammond, LA-MS Combined Statistical Area. It is one of the Florida Parishes.
the parish name comes from an Acolapissa word meaning ear of corn or those who gather corn.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Tangipahoa Parish was created on 1869, from Livingston, St. Tammany, St. Helena and Washington Parishes and the parish name comes from an Acolapissa word meaning ear of corn or those who gather corn. The Parish seat is Amite.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 823 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 791 square miles (2,050 km2) is
land and 32 square miles (83 km2) (3.9%) is water. Lake Pontchartrain lies on the southeast side of the parish.
Most of the parish south of Ponchatoula consists of Holocene coastal swamp and marsh - gray-to-black clays of high organic content and thick peat beds underlying freshwater marsh and swamp.
Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:
The parish is served by the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond.
On seven occasions, the American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, along with other defendants, for having allegedly sponsored and promoted religion in teacher-led school activities.