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Encyclopedia > Westwego, Louisiana

Westwego is a city located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA. Westwego is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 10,763.


Location of Westwego, Louisiana

Westwego is located at 29°54'11" North, 90°8'35" West (29.902986, -90.142932)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 km˛ (3.6 mi˛). 8.3 km˛ (3.2 mi˛) of it is land and 1.0 km˛ (0.4 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 10.64% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 10,763 people, 4,211 households, and 2,850 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,302.7/km˛ (3,378.0/mi˛). There are 4,521 housing units at an average density of 547.2/km˛ (1,418.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 75.16% White, 20.02% African American, 0.94% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 3.59% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,211 households out of which 32.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% are married couples living together, 20.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% are non-families. 26.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.10.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $27,218, and the median income for a family is $31,187. Males have a median income of $29,398 versus $18,916 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,160. 22.4% of the population and 17.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 33.7% of those under the age of 18 and 9.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=29.902986&longitude=-90.142932&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=29.902986&lon=-90.142932&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-90.142932&lat=29.902986&w=750&h=500)



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