The selectable maps and pictures below show data related to Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. Jefferson Davis Parish is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Jennings. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,594. Jefferson Davis Parish is named after the president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis. It is located in southwestern Louisiana and forms a part of the Acadiana region. In 2005, the parish was damaged significantly by Hurricane Rita, which caused much wind damage and flooding in the western part of the parish. The storm also caused Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge to be affected by saltwater intrusion.
Jefferson Davis Parish is part of the Jennings Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Lake Charles–Jennings Combined Statistical Area.
The first oil in Louisiana was drilled in 1901 in what became Jeff Davis Parish by W. Scott Heywood, who in 1932 was elected to the Louisiana State Senate.
Jefferson Davis Parish was one of the last incorporated parishes in the state of Louisiana. Originally a part of Imperial Calcasieu Parish, it became a separate entity in the year 1913. Jefferson Davis Parish is also a part of the Acadiana region of Louisiana. It is named after the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis.
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The parish has a total area of, of which is land and (0.95%) is water.
Jefferson Davis Parish comprises five incorporated towns including Elton, Fenton, Jennings, Lake Arthur, and Welsh. There are also many unincorporated areas that add to the interest and economic structure of the parish including Barnsdall, Buller, China, Coverdale, Edna, Foremans Hall, Hathaway, Illinois Plant, Lacassine, Lauderdale, Panchoville, Pine Island, Raymond, Roanoke, Silverwood, Thornwell, Topsy, Verret, and Woodlawn. With a population of approximately 31,435 and a total land area of, Jefferson Davis Parish is a quaint, rural community that is strategically positioned for success. Centered between New Orleans and Houston, each less than away, Jefferson Davis Parish can be easily accessed for business ventures. Interstate 10 runs east and west through the center of the parish, providing quick, easy access to local markets. Additionally, Union Pacific Railroad is centrally located within the parish and the Mermentau River, which connects to the Intracoastal Waterway and has a channel depth of nine feet, provides access to the Port of Mermentau. The Jennings Airport, with a runway length of, is capable of landing a small jet and is conveniently located next to Interstate 10. Thanks to these and many other attributes within its community, the overall economic outlook for the parish is promising. Jefferson Davis Parish also attracts sportsmen to the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge.
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Jennings, Louisiana (2.75 km) Jennings is a small city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States, near Lake Charles. The population was 10,383 at the 2010 census, a small decline from the 2000 tabulation. The city is 68 percent white. Jennings is the principal city of the Jennings Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Jefferson Davis Parish. It is also part of the larger Lake Charles-Jennings Combined Statistical Area. History Jennings McComb, for whom the town was named, was a contractor of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
KJEF (3.64 km) KJEF (1290 AM, "Cajun Radio 1290") is a radio station broadcasting a Cajun music and swamp pop music format. Licensed to Jennings, Louisiana, USA, the station is currently owned by Townsquare Media. KJEF also feeds its programming to sister station KLCL. The station is an affiliate of the New Orleans Saints radio network.
KITA (7.25 km)KITA (89.5 FM) is a radio station licensed to Iota, Louisiana, USA. The station is currently owned by Educational Media Foundation. History The station was assigned the call letters KAHJ on May 12, 1998. On February 24, 2005, the station changed its call sign to KAHJ, on November 21, 2006 to KPKL, on June 22, 2007 to the current KITA, On November 6, 2006 the station was sold to Educational Media Foundation.
Mermentau, Louisiana (10.63 km)Mermentau is a village in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 661 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Crowley Micropolitan Statistical Area. History In the last quarter of the 18th century, there was an Atakapa chief Nementou. On April 16, 1784, he sold land on Bayou Plaquemine Brule to Antoin Blanc for $100. Nementou is later mentioned as chief of a village on a river with the same name. Eventually, through a clerical error, Nementou became Mementou and this was then corrupted into Mermentau through confusion with the French word mer, which means "sea".
Welsh, Louisiana (14.17 km)Welsh is a town in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,226 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jennings Micropolitan Statistical Area. History The area that the town of Welsh encompasses was originally settled on by Henry Welsh in the mid to late 1800's. In 1881 he agreed to let trains pass through his land as long as they agreed to make a station on his property and call it Welsh. This was only the start of Welsh. Welsh was incorporated on March 15,1888 where Henry Welsh was elected the first mayor. Geography Welsh is located at (30.237419, -92.820593).
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