Grand Coteau, Louisiana
name = Town of Grand Coteau
category = Town
country = United States
state = Louisiana
region = St. Landry
region_type = Parish
area_imperial = 2.4
area_land_imperial = 2.4
area_water_imperial = 0.0
area_water_percentage = auto
area_percentage_round = 2
area_round = 1
lat_d = 30
lat_m = 25
lat_s = 08
lat_NS = N
long_d = 92
long_m = 02
long_s = 53
long_EW = W
elevation_imperial = 56
elevation_round = 1
population_as_of = 2000
population = 1040
population_density_imperial = 427.1
population_density_round = 1
leader = Gail Lark
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
area_code = 337
map_caption = Location of Grand Coteau in Louisiana
map_locator = Louisiana
map1 = Map of USA LA.svg
map1_caption = Location of Louisiana in the United States
Grand Coteau is a
townin St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,040 at the 2000 census. Grand Coteau is on Interstate 49south of Opelousas and is part of the Opelousas–Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town is a center for local farming. As of 2008, the mayoris Gail Lark.
The first known land grant by the colonial
Louisianagovernment was in 1776 in the area referred to as "Prairie des Femmes". [ [http://www.thecajuns.com/oldnew.htm www.thecajuns.com "Louisiana History: Old and New Place Names"] ] In the early 1800s, Grand Coteau served as a stopping point for travelers between Washington, Louisianaand St. Martinville, Louisiana. The thriving community had two bakeries, a cobbler, millinery, and blacksmithshop, a post office, and an inn where stagecoaches changed horses.
In 1821, Mrs. Charles Smith, widow of a wealthy planter in
Opelousas, donated land, a two-story building, and funds to pay for the travel expenses of two nuns from St. Charles, Missouri. The two nuns of the Religious of the Sacred Heartfounded a conventand a school that became the Academy of the Sacred Heart. [ [http://www.cajuntravel.com/towns/grand_coteau.cfm www.cajuntravel.com "GRAND COTEAU"] ]
October 3, 1863, the Campaign of the Teche was commenced. The Ninety-ninth infantry regiment of Illinois was in several skirmishes, and a detachment of the regiment, Captain A. C. Mathews commanding, was engaged in the Battle of Grand Coteau. On November 9th, they moved on to New Orleans. [ [http://www.illinoiscivilwar.org/cw99-agr.html www.illinoiscivilwar.org "HISTORY OF NINETY-NINTH INFANTRY"] ] Although thousands of Union troops were encamped in the fields surrounding the Academy during the Civil War, the school was not touched. [ [http://www.cajuntravel.com/towns/grand_coteau.cfm www.cajuntravel.com "GRAND COTEAU"] ]
The Jesuits arrived in 1837 when St. Charles College was built. The settlement that grew up around the schools was called St. Charles Town before it was changed to Grand Coteau.
Grand Coteau is located at coor dms|30|25|8|N|92|2|53|W|city (30.418861, -92.048174)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,040 people, 377 households, and 260 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 427.1 people per square mile (164.6/km²). There were 407 housing units at an average density of 167.1/sq mi (64.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 30.77% White, 67.69% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population.
There were 377 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $19,943, and the median income for a family was $26,528. Males had a median income of $21,992 versus $16,000 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $9,728. About 25.2% of families and 29.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.6% of those under age 18 and 19.9% of those age 65 or over.
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