Jefferson Parish


The state’s most populous parish and home to two of its largest employers, Jefferson Parish stretches from the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Isle, making it the business gateway to the region. It owes a great deal of its commercial success to the Mississippi River, which flows through the parish, and boasts an exceptional transportation infrastructure including large port operations, major railways, and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in the city of Kenner. Major industries in the parish include medical, oil, gas & marine, and professional/technical/business services.


Jefferson Parish residents enjoy a lifestyle that includes a wide variety of acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts scene, frequent festivals, special events, and popular shopping destinations. The parish also offers a plethora of sports and outdoors activities. The New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team plays in Jefferson Parish, the parish is also home to TPC Louisiana, the state’s only TPC golf course, and hunting and fishing enthusiasts will find ample opportunities. Jefferson Parish locations such as Grand Isle, Jean Lafitte National Park, and Bayou Segnette teem with both wildlife and natural beauty.

Largest Corporations

East Jefferson General Hospital
Laitram Corporation
Ochsner Health System
Pellerin Milnor Corporation
Republic National Distributing Company
Revolution Foods
VersaTech Automation Services, LLC
West Jefferson Medical Center


Population (2015) – 436,275

Households (2014)

Housing Units – 189,066
Households – 167,840
Persons Per Household – 2.57
Median Age – 38
Median Gross Rent – $908
Estimated Median House or Condo Value – $171,000

Income (2014)

Median Household Income – $47,871
Average Household Income – $57,345
Per Capita Income – $25,196

Employment (November 2015)

Business Establishments – 11,648
Civilian Labor Force – 216,848
Number Employed – 205,228
Number Unemployed – 11,620
Unemployment Rate – 5.4%

Parish Profile


Parish Contact Info

Jefferson Parish Government
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd.
Suite 1001
Jefferson, LA 70123
T: 504.736.6100

Jefferson Parish Economic  Development Commission (JEDCO)
700 Churchill Parkway
Fairfield, LA 70094
T: 504.875.3908

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
3421 N. Causeway Blvd.
Suite 203
Metairie, LA 70002
T: 504.835.3880

Additional Resources

Metairie Business
Development District