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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.

Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

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Vermilion Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 57,999. The parish seat is Abbeville. The parish was founded in 1844.

Vermilion Parish is part of the Lafayette, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Vermilion Parish Name

The parish was named in honor for both the Vermilion River and Vermilion Bay.


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Vermilion County History

Vermilion Parish was created on 1844, from LaFayette Parish and the parish was named in honor for both the Vermilion River and Vermilion Bay. The Parish seat is Abbeville.

Geography: Land and Water

Time lapse of six years in southern Vermilion Parish, Louisiana (1973, 1980, 1986, 1992, 2003, 2010) land being overtaken by water.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 1,542 square miles (3,990 km2), of which 1,173 square miles (3,040 km2) is land and 369 square miles (960 km2) (24%) is water. It is the fifth-largest parish in Louisiana by total area. The Gulf of Mexico is located to the south of the parish.

Neighboring Parishes

Bordering parishes and counties are as follows:

  • North: Acadia Parish
  • Northeast: Lafayette Parish
  • East: Iberia Parish
  • South: Gulf of Mexico
  • West: Cameron Parish
  • Northwest: Jefferson Davis Parish


Vermilion Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

The schools serving Delcambre are located in Vermilion Parish and are operated by Iberia Parish School System.

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