River Ridge, Louisiana
Welcome to River Ridge sign on Jefferson Highway
River Ridge, Louisiana
River Ridge, Louisiana
Location of River Ridge in Louisiana
Coordinates: 29°57′43″N 90°13′04″W / 29.96194°N 90.21778°W / 29.96194; -90.21778Coordinates: 29°57′43″N 90°13′04″W / 29.96194°N 90.21778°W / 29.96194; -90.21778
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishJefferson
Area
 • Total3.55 sq mi (9.19 km2)
 • Land2.80 sq mi (7.24 km2)
 • Water0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,591
 • Density4,860.87/sq mi (1,876.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
70123
Area code(s)504
GNIS feature ID546872

River Ridge is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 13,591 in 2020.[2]

History

The land that is now River Ridge was developed by French colonists and their descendants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries for large sugar plantations; these lined the Mississippi River in traditional French long-lot fashion. The plantations had relatively narrow waterfronts, in order to provide water access, and extended deeply back from the river. These plantations were developed by French colonists and their descendants; they depended on the labor of African slaves. Major landowners included members of the Trudeau and Sauve families. (Pierre Sauve (1805-1867) had a major plantation here known as Providence.)

The alignments of the major streets in the area are vestiges of this era. Sauve Road continues to be a main thoroughfare in River Ridge.

In 1849, a major flooding event known as Sauvé's Crevasse occurred. The crude river levee at the Sauve Providence plantation failed under pressure of high water on the Mississippi. The massive flood inundated much of the land to the east, including parts of New Orleans. This crevasse occurred where a former meander of the Mississippi River once branched to form the Metairie and Gentilly Ridges.

In the early 20th century, an interurban transit line was constructed through this area. It served to connect the cities of New Orleans and Kenner. It was aligned along the present course of Jefferson Highway, which was improved from earlier roads.

For many years the area remained rural farmland, until the post-World War II suburbanization era. Aided by funding under the G.I. Bill, which enabled veterans to buy houses, large-scale suburban development began in the early 1950s. By 1965, virtually all of the area along the Mississippi River between Harahan and Kenner was developed. This area at the time was known as "Little Farms", a name which well described its pre-urban history; this was also the place name officially recognized by the Post Office. (To this day Little Farms Avenue remains a major River Ridge thoroughfare.) Other subdivision names such as "East Bank" and "Rural Acres" were used as place names for the area at the time.

To eliminate confusion and create some sense of community identity, the area between Kenner, Harahan, Metairie, and the Mississippi River was officially renamed "River Ridge" in 1974.

In 2019, a baseball team from River Ridge won the Little League World Series, becoming the first team from Louisiana to do so. They also became the first team since 2001 to lose their opening game, but win the championship.[3]

Geography

River Ridge is located along a 3-mile (5 km) stretch of Jefferson Highway (Louisiana Highway 48). Its boundaries include Harahan to the east, Kenner to the northwest, Metairie to the north, and the Mississippi River to the southwest. Across the Mississippi is the unincorporated community of Waggaman.

River Ridge is located at 29°57′30″N 90°13′19″W / 29.958265°N 90.221894°W / 29.958265; -90.221894. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.55 square miles (9.19 km2), of which 2.80 square miles (7.24 km2) are land and 0.75 square miles (1.95 km2), or 21.18%, are water.[4]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
197015,713
198017,1469.1%
199014,800−13.7%
200014,588−1.4%
201013,494−7.5%
202013,5910.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [5][6]
River Ridge racial composition as of 2020[2]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 9,965 73.32%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,604 11.8%
Native American 22 0.16%
Asian 161 1.18%
Pacific Islander 2 0.01%
Other/Mixed 466 3.43%
Hispanic or Latino 1,371 10.09%

At the census[7] of 2000, there were 14,588 people, 6,030 households, and 4,082 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,181.6 people per square mile (1,997.3/km2). There were 6,325 housing units at an average density of 2,246.6 per square mile (866.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.76% White, 10.99% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 2.92% of the population. At the 2020 United States census,[2] there were 13,591 people, 5,546 households, and 3,579 families residing in the CDP, reflecting a slight population decline from the 2000 U.S. census. Its racial and ethnic makeup by 2020 was 73.32% non-Hispanic white, 11.8% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.43% two or more races, and 10.09% Hispanic or Latino American, reflecting the diversification of the United States at the 2020 census.[8][9]

Culture

Education

Jefferson Parish Public Schools operates public schools.[10] Students are zoned to Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary School in River Ridge,[11] Riverdale Middle School in Jefferson,[12] and Riverdale High School in Jefferson.[13] In regards to the advanced studies academies, students are zoned to Airline Park Academy.[14]

St. Matthew Catholic School is in River Ridge. Many of the Catholic high schools are close by such as Archbishop Rummel High School and Archbishop Chapelle. Non-Catholic schools located nearby include St. Martin's Episcopal School, Kehoe-France, John Curtis, and Ridgewood Preparatory School,

Jefferson Parish Library operates the River Ridge Branch Library in River Ridge.[15] The library held its grand opening ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2018.[15]

Athletics

In August 2019, the Little League baseball team from River Ridge made history by being the first team from Louisiana to win the US Championship and World Series Final.[16]

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "2020 Race and Population Totals". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Randhawa, Manny (August 25, 2019). "Louisiana beats Curacao for Little League crown". MLB.com.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): River Ridge CDP, Louisiana". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  6. ^ Census area returned as Little Farms in 1970.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Latinos account for over half of the country's population growth". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  9. ^ "America is becoming more urban, more diverse and less white, 2020 Census reveals". PBS NewsHour. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  10. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: River Ridge CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Elementary School Districts 2012-2013 East Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana Archived 2014-05-18 at WebCite" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "Middle School Districts 2012-2013 East Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana Archived 2014-05-18 at WebCite" (Archive) Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "High School Districts 2012-2013 East Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana Archived 2014-05-18 at WebCite." (Archive) Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  14. ^ "East Bank Advanced Studies Attendance Zones Archived 2013-09-05 at the Wayback Machine" (Archive). Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "[1]." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  16. ^ "Louisiana's Eastbank Little League Shuts Out Curacao to Win 2019 Little League Baseball® World Series". LittleLeague.org. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.