|Iberia Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 30, 1868|
|Named for||Iberian Peninsula|
|Largest city||New Iberia|
1,031 sq mi (2,670 km²)
575 sq mi (1,490 km²)
456 sq mi (1,180 km²), 44.21%
71.03/sq mi (27/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Iberia Parish (French: Paroisse de l'Ibérie) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is New Iberia. As of 2000, the population was 73,266. In 2010, the tabulation was 73,240, a decrease of 26 persons over the preceding decade. The parish is nearly one third black. 
Iberia, along with Vermilion Parish, is represented in the Louisiana House of Representatives by the Republican Simone B. Champagne of Jeanerette. From 2002 to 2007, she was the chief administrative officer for the combined parish and New Iberia government.
The parish has a total area of 1,031 square miles (2,670.3 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,489.2 km2) is land and 456 square miles (1,181.0 km2) (44.21%) is water.
Major highways 
Adjacent parishes 
- St. Martin Parish (north, south)
- Iberville Parish (northeast)
- Assumption Parish (east)
- St. Mary Parish (southeast)
- Gulf of Mexico (south)
- Vermilion Parish (west)
- Lafayette Parish (northwest)
||Lafayette Parish||St. Martin Parish||Iberville Parish|
|Vermilion Parish||Assumption Parish|
|St. Martin Parish and Gulf of Mexico||St. Mary Parish|
National protected area 
|Iberia Parish Census Data|
As of the census of 2000, there were 73,266 people, 25,381 households, and 19,162 families residing in the parish. The population density was 127 people per square mile (49/km²). There were 27,844 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 65.08% White, 30.81% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 11.99% reported speaking French or Cajun French at home, while 1.48% speak Lao and 1.29% Spanish.
There were 25,381 households out of which 39.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.28.
In the parish the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $31,204, and the median income for a family was $36,017. Males had a median income of $32,399 versus $18,174 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $14,145. About 20.20% of families and 23.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Iberia Parish School System serves the parish.
National Guard 
E Company 199th Forward Support Battalion resides in Jeanerette, Louisiana and B Company 2-156th resides in New Iberia, Louisiana. Both units have deployed twice to Iraq, 2004-5 and 2010, as part of the 256TH IBCT.
See also 
- "Iberia Parish, Louisiana". quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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- Heinrich, P. V., and W. J. Autin, 2000, Baton Rouge 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle. Louisiana Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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