Parish of Plenty
St. Charles Parish was settled in 1719 by French and German pioneers and after the Louisiana Purchase became one of Louisiana’s first parishes in 1807.
Today, St. Charles Parish has a population of 53,000 people living in 14 small rural communities. The parish is unique in that there are no incorporated towns or cities. The parish has 24 industrial plants, including one Fortune 500 – Valero.
There are 15 public schools: Two high schools, 4 middle schools and nine elementary schools. There are more than 15 tourist attractions and 15 fairs and festivals throughout the year. St. Charles Parish is split by the Mississippi River and connected by the Hale Boggs Bridge, one of the few cable-stayed bridges in the United States. Seven major highways cross the parish, including Interstate 10. The total area of the parish is 411 square miles with 68% land and 32% water.