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Chalmette, Louisiana

Chalmette is a town located in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 32,069.

Geography Chalmette is located at 29°56'44" North, 89°57'42" West (29.945504, -89.961602)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.6 km² (7.9 mi²). 19.0 km² (7.3 mi²) of it is land and 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.56% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 32,069 people, 12,321 households, and 8,821 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,686.9/km² (4,369.6/mi²). There are 12,896 housing units at an average density of 678.4/km² (1,757.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 92.69% White, 2.39% African American, 0.44% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 4.81% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 12,321 households out of which 31.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% are married couples living together, 14.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% are non-families. 23.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $36,699, and the median income for a family is $43,804. Males have a median income of $33,916 versus $24,896 for females. The per capita income for the town is $17,480. 12.0% of the population and 9.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.5% are under the age of 18 and 8.5% are 65 or older.


Chalmette was the location of what is often called The Battle of New Orleans where the United States forces under General Andrew Jackson defeated the British in 1815. The battlefield is preserved as a national monument, and a military cemetery is adjacent.

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