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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.

Iberia Parish, Louisiana

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Iberia Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 73,240. The parish was formed in 1868. The parish seat is New Iberia.  Iberia Parish is named for the Iberian Peninsula.

Iberia Parish is part of the Lafayette, Louisiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Iberia Parish Name

The parish was named in honor of Spanish settlers in honor of the Iberian Peninsula.


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Iberia County History

Iberia Parish was created on 1868, from St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes and the parish was named in honor of Spanish settlers in honor of the Iberian Peninsula. The Parish seat is New Iberia

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,031 square miles (2,670 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 456 square miles (1,180 km2) (44%) is water.

Iberia Parish is located in south Louisiana. Shell Keys National Wildlife Refuge is located in this parish. The Bayou Teche is a 125-mile-long waterway of great national importance in south central Louisiana runs through this parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: St. Martin Parish; Iberville Parish
  • East: Assumption Parish
  • Southeast: St. Mary Parish
  • South: Gulf of Mexico
  • West: Vermilion Parish
  • Northwest: Lafayette Parish


Iberia Parish School System serves the parish.

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