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St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

US county information
NameSaint John the Baptist Parish
Motto"Heart of the River Parishes"
Largest cityLaPlace
US Area
Total Area348 sq mi (901.3 km2)
Land Area219 sq mi (567.2 km2)
Water Area129 sq mi (334.1 km2)
Population45924 (2010)
Density76/km2 (197/sq mi)
Named forSaint John the Baptist
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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St. John the Baptist Parish ( ) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana.

The parish seat is Edgard, an unincorporated area and the unofficial parish captial is LaPlace, an unincorporated area. St. John the Baptist is one of the original 19 parishes in Louisiana. In 2010, its population was 45,924.

St. John the Baptist Parish is part of the New Orleans - Metairie - Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the New Orleans - Metairie - Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area.

This was considered part of the German Coast in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, named for numerous German migrants who settled in the 1720s. On January 8, 1811, the largest slave insurrection in US history, known as the German Coast Uprising, started here. It was short-lived, but more than 200 slaves gathered from plantations along the river and marched through St. Charles Parish toward New Orleans.

The parish includes three nationally significant examples of 19th century plantation architecture: Evergreen Plantation, Whitney Plantation Historic District, and San Francisco Plantation House.

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