Parishes in Louisiana

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Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes, in the same way that 48 of the other states of the U.S. are divided into counties (Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas).[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Louisiana consists of:

  • Parishes: Parishes are Louisiana's equivalent to counties in most states. Parishes can have various forms of governments including police jury, parish commission, and consolidated parish/city. These divisions have different sub-types and different rules for petition and establishment.[2]
  • Cities: Any municipality that has a population of 5,000 or more is a city.
  • Towns: Any municipality that has a population of less than 5,000 but more than 1,000 is a town.
  • Villages: Any municipality that has a population of less than 1,000 is a village. These divisions are made in Louisiana Statutes RS 33:341.[3]
  • In addition, there are 97 special districts and 69 independent school districts.[4]

State Statutes establish the right and the process for all Counties and all municipalities to request and adopt a Home Rule Charter.[5]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Louisiana
  • The power and process of petitioning for the amendment of charters is mandated by State Law for all 23 Home rule counties and all 31 Home rule cities, towns, and villages.
  • Approximately 15 charted counties out the 23 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.
  • Approximately 15 charted cities, towns and villages out of the 31 total had explicit provisions for initiative and referendum for ordinances in their charters.[6]

Parish website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites

As of 2009:

  • 16 of the 64 parishes posted parish budgets online.
  • 30 parishes included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 33 included information about the parish's elected officials.
  • 24 included information about the parish's administrative officials.
  • 12 parishes gave information about permits and zoning in the parish.
  • Five of the parishes put information on their websites about external audits.
  • Three parishes gave information about their contracts with vendors.
  • Zero parish websites disclosed whether the parish belonged to government sector lobbying associations.
  • Five parishes provided information on how to request public records using the Louisiana Public Records Act.
  • Four parish websites provided some information about parish taxes.

Counties without websites

As of February 2009, 21 of Louisiana's 64 parishes had no website.


Map of Louisiana's parishes

County County seat
Acadia Parish, Louisiana Crowley, Louisiana
Allen Parish, Louisiana Oberlin, Louisiana
Ascension Parish, Louisiana Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Assumption Parish, Louisiana Napoleonville, Louisiana
Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana Marksville, Louisiana
Beauregard Parish, Louisiana De Ridder, Louisiana
Bienville Parish, Louisiana Arcadia, Louisiana
Bossier Parish, Louisiana Benton, Louisiana
Caddo Parish, Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana
Caldwell Parish, Louisiana Columbia, Louisiana
Cameron Parish, Louisiana Cameron, Louisiana
Catahoula Parish, Louisiana Harrisonburg, Louisiana
Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Homer, Louisiana
Concordia Parish, Louisiana Vidalia, Louisiana
De Soto Parish, Louisiana Mansfield, Louisiana
East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana
East Carroll Parish, Louisiana Lake Providence, Louisiana
East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana Clinton, Louisiana
Evangeline Parish, Louisiana Ville Platte, Louisiana
Franklin Parish, Louisiana Winnsboro, Louisiana
Grant Parish, Louisiana Colfax, Louisiana
Iberia Parish, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana
Iberville Parish, Louisiana Plaquemine, Louisiana
Jackson Parish, Louisiana Jonesboro, Louisiana
Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana Jennings, Louisiana
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Gretna, Louisiana
Lafayette Parish, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Thibodaux, Louisiana
La Salle Parish, Louisiana Jena, Louisiana
Lincoln Parish, Louisiana Ruston, Louisiana
Livingston Parish, Louisiana Livingston, Louisiana
Madison Parish, Louisiana Tallulah, Louisiana
Morehouse Parish, Louisiana Bastrop, Louisiana
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana Natchitoches, Louisiana
Orleans Parish, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana
Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana
Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana Pointe A La Hache, Louisiana
Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana New Roads, Louisiana
Rapides Parish, Louisiana Alexandria, Louisiana
Red River Parish, Louisiana Coushatta, Louisiana
Richland Parish, Louisiana Rayville, Louisiana
Sabine Parish, Louisiana Many, Louisiana
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana Chalmette, Louisiana
St. Charles Parish, Louisiana Hahnville, Louisiana
St. Helena Parish, Louisiana Greensburg, Louisiana
St. James Parish, Louisiana Convent, Louisiana
St. John The Baptist Parish, Louisiana Edgard, Louisiana
St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Opelousas, Louisiana
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana St. Martinville, Louisiana
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana Franklin, Louisiana
St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana Covington, Louisiana
Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana Amite, Louisiana
Tensas Parish, Louisiana St. Joseph, Louisiana
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana Houma, Louisiana
Union Parish, Louisiana Farmerville, Louisiana
Vermilion Parish, Louisiana Abbeville, Louisiana
Vernon Parish, Louisiana Leesville, Louisiana
Washington Parish, Louisiana Franklinton, Louisiana
Webster Parish, Louisiana Minden, Louisiana
West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Port Allen, Louisiana
West Carroll Parish, Louisiana Oak Grove, Louisiana
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana St. Francisville, Louisiana
Winn Parish, Louisiana Winnfield, Louisiana


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