St. James Parish

Economy

St. James Parish is located midway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It is beautifully nestled in the wooded marshes and swamps along the Mississippi River, where its historic past continues to live on in the midst of today’s economic growth. Throughout the parish’s history, St. James’ rich, fertile soil has made the area a top Louisiana producer of sugarcane and soybeans. Following its agricultural tradition, the parish has attracted investments from a wide variety of industries, including several major petrochemical, fertilizer, oil and gas, and sugar refinery companies that serve many of the world’s leading businesses and markets. The St. James Parish transportation infrastructure is both modern and diverse, with major highways, railroads, a local airport and the nearby Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, bridges, and the Port of South Louisiana. The port, which serves as an important strategic location for waterborne commerce to and from the ten-parish Greater New Orleans region, is one of the largest tonnage ports in the United States. St. James, along with St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes, comprises an area commonly known as Louisiana’s Industrial Corridor, which offers a growing economic base, low cost of living, and a highly skilled manufacturing workforce that is 56% more productive than the national average.

Lifestyle

St. James Parish residents enjoy a high quality of life. Activities include some of the nation’s best boating, hunting and fishing at locations like Blind River and Bayou Chevreuil. Eight recreational facilities offer organized leagues for baseball, soccer, football, tennis and basketball. Each year on Christmas Eve, the community comes together as residents take part in a tradition shared by many of the River Parishes in lighting towering bonfires along the Mississippi River levees.

Largest Corporations

Imperial Sugar Company
Mosaic Fertilizer LLC
Motiva Enterprises
Noranda Alumina LLC
Occidental Chemical Corporation
Quality Marine Services
St. James Parish Hospital
Zen-Noh Grain Corporation

Statistics

Population (2015) – 21,567

Households (2014)

Housing Units – 8,711
Households – 7,925
Persons Per Household – 2.72
Median Age (2013) – 38
Median Gross Rent – $708
Estimated Median House or Condo Value – $128,100

Income (2014)

Median Household Income – $53,259
Average Household Income (2015) – $69,820
Per Capita Income – $24,757

Employment (November 2015)

Business Establishments – 318
Civilian Labor Force – 9,729
Number Employed – 9,007
Number Unemployed – 722
Unemployment Rate – 7.4%

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Parish Contact Information

St. James Parish Government
5800 Hwy. 44
Convent, LA 70723
T: 225.869.1717 (Economic Development Coordinator Audrey Temple)

River Region Chamber of Commerce
390 Belle Terre Blvd.
LaPlace, LA 70068
T: 985.359.9777