Metairie, Louisiana
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Census-designated place
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Coordinates 29°59′52″N 90°10′39″W? / ?29.99778°N 90.1775°W? / 29.99778; -90.1775
Area 23.3 sq mi (60.3 km2)
 - land 22.2 sq mi (57 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 0.43%
Population 138,481 (2010)
Density 6,237.9 / sq mi (2,408.5 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes 70001-3, 70002-6
Area code 504
Location of Metairie in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Metairie (local pronunciation /?m?t?ri/ (MET-uh-ree)) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States and is a major part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Metairie is the largest community in Jefferson Parish. It is an unincorporated area that would be larger than most of the state's cities if it were incorporated.[1][2] The zip codes that serve the community are 70001-70006.

Métairie is the French language term for a tenant farm which paid the landlord with a share of the produce (sharecropping); this was the main activity of original French denizens of the area in the 1760s, and indeed, was true of the majority of the community's inhabitants until the 1910s.


Metairie was first settled by the French in the 1720s along an area known as Metairie Ridge, a natural levee formed by an ancient branch of the Mississippi River which flowed through modern day River Ridge, Metairie, Gentilly, and New Orleans East. It emptied into Mississippi Sound. The Acolapissa Native Americans used this ridge as a road, and is the oldest road in the New Orleans area. Today, this road, which was paved in the 1920s, is called Metairie Road. An electric streetcar was installed running along Metairie Road in the late 1910s, opening the area to greater development. Upscale housing tracts were constructed off the road in the 1920s; this area is now known as "Old Metairie." It is today the most prestigious area of Metairie. The areas to the north and northwest of Metairie Road were not developed until after World War II. The land between Metairie Ridge and Lake Pontchartrain, which was cypress swamps and marshlands, was drained with the Wood pump. With this new land, Metairie's population grew in the 1940s as a result of cheaper land, lower taxes, and larger lots than in Orleans Parish. In 1990, 

Veterans Boulevard was laid out alongside a drainage canal, and became a commercial center of the region. The Central Business District of Metairie is located on Causeway Blvd near Lake Ponchartrain. Metairie also has one of the handful of major malls located in the New Orleans metro area. Lakeside Shopping Center is the highest grossing mall in the New Orleans metropolitan area. In the 1970s and early 1980s, an area of bars and nightclubs opened in a section of Metairie known as "Fat City." Fat City is now the most racially diverse area in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area and is home to a vibrant restaurant scene. Metairie has a large Mardi Gras season that touts itself as a more family-friendly version of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.


Sports and recreation

Metairie is home to the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team. The minor league club formerly played its home games at Privateer Park, home to the University of New Orleans' NCAA baseball team, from 1992 through 1996. Since 1997, they have played their games at Zephyr Field and are a member of Triple-A (baseball)'s Pacific Coast League.

Jefferson Parish has created many parks in Metairie. Many of these playgrounds have organized sports leagues such as American football, baseball, and basketball. Some of them also have other programs, such as low cost piano lessons. For more information, please see the recreation page


Primary and secondary schools

Metairie's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System.[3] There are two public high schools in Metairie:

Public Middle Schools Include:

  • John Q. Adams Middle [2]
  • Bunche Accelerated Academy for High School Preparation [3] (formerly Ralph J. Bunche Middle)
  • T.H. Harris Middle School, named for the Louisiana state superintendent of education, 1908-1940 [4]
  • J.D. Meisler Middle [5]

Catholic, Private, & ISAS Member elementary, middle, and preparatory schools include:

Public libraries

Jefferson Parish Library operates public libraries.[3] The East Bank Regional Library, which houses the library system's headquarters, is in Metairie.[4] Other public libraries in Metairie include the Lakeshore Library,[5] the Old Metairie Library,[6] and the Wagner Library.[7]


In Metairie, 56.87% of its citizens identify themselves with some religion. There are 41.47% Roman Catholics, 12.77% Protestants, 0.39% Latter Day Saints, 0.97% of another Christian Faith, 0.64% are Muslim, 0.61% are Jewish, 0.02% are of an Eastern faith.

Metairie is home to Congregation Gates of Prayer, a Reform synagogue, which is currently sharing its building with Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest Orthodox congregation in the New Orleans region. Beth Israel's building in Lakeview, New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Metairie's Catholic churches are also part of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Metairie is home to 13 Catholic parishes and schools.


Metairie is located in eastern Jefferson Parish and its boundaries include New Orleans to the east, Kenner to the west, Lake Pontchartrain to the north, and Airline Highway to the south. South of Airline Highway from Metairie are River Ridge, Harahan, Elmwood, and Jefferson.

The Metairie Central Business District along Causeway Blvd.

The 17th Street Canal forms the border between Metairie and New Orleans to the east.

Metairie is located at 29°59′52″N 90°10′39″W? / ?29.99778°N 90.1775°W? / 29.99778; -90.1775 (29.997797, -90.177473)[8] and has an elevation of 3 feet (0.9 m)[9]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 23.3 square miles (60.2 km²), of which, 23.2 square miles (60.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.22%) is water.

[edit] Climate

[hide]Climate data for Metairie, Louisiana
Record high °F (°C) 82
Average high °F (°C) 63
Average low °F (°C) 45
Record low °F (°C) 16
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.52
Source: The Weather Channel.[10]


The most common method of transportation within Metairie is the automobile. Mass transit is provided by "JeT" (Jefferson Transit), but it does not run on Sundays, holidays, or late at night, unlike many lines of New Orleans' RTA.

Interstate 10 runs east-west through Metairie.

Major east-west roads (starting from north to south) include West Esplanade Avenue, Veterans Memorial Boulevard, West Napoleon Avenue, West Metairie Avenue, Metairie Road, Airline Drive (which is part of U.S. Highway 61) and Jefferson Highway (which is part of U.S. Highway 90). The Earhart Expressway, running east-west immediately south of Airline Drive, is the only other freeway entering New Orleans from the west, but it ends as an expressway soon after crossing the parish line and well before downtown (in Central City.)

Multi-line, continuous north-south roads (starting from west to east) include Power Boulevard/David Drive/Hickory Avenue, Transcontinental Drive, Clearview Parkway, Causeway Boulevard, and Bonnabel Boulevard.

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway's southern end lies in this city.

[edit] Demographics

Historical populations
1970 146,477  
1980 194,160   32.6%
1990 219,428   13.0%
2000 146,136   −33.4%
2010 138,481   −5.2%

As of the 2010 census[11], there were 138,481 people living in Metairie.[2] The racial makeup of Metairie is:

75.10% White
12.59% Hispanic or Latino of any race
10.37% African American
3.25% Asian
3.97% from other races
2.01% from two or more races.
0.3% Native American
0.04% Pacific Islander

Other statistics

As of the 2000 Census, there were 39,073 families residing in Metairie. The population density was 6,296.7 people per square mile (2,431.0/km²). There were 67,225 housing units, at an average density of 2,896.6 per square mile (1,118.3/km²). There were 63,741 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93. In Metairie the population is spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males. The median income for a household in Metairie is $41,265, and the median income for a family was $52,555. Males had a median income of $37,371 versus $27,057 for females. The per capita income for Metairie is $24,771. About 6.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Metairie, Louisiana (LA) Detailed Profile" (notes), City Data, 2007, webpage: C-Metr.
  2. ^ a b "Census 2000 Data for the State of Louisiana" (town list), US Census Bureau, May 2003, webpage: C2000-LA.
  3. ^ a b "Metairie CDP, Louisiana." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "East Bank Regional and library headquarters." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "Lakeshore Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "Old Metairie Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  7. ^ "Wagner Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "MONTHLY AVERAGES for Metairie, LA". The Weather Channel. Retrieved September 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.