Convent, Louisiana

Convent (French: Couvent) is a census-designated place in and the parish seat of St. James Parish, Louisiana, United States.[2] It has been the parish seat since 1869. It is part of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area .

Convent, Louisiana
Convent, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Convent, Louisiana
Convent, Louisiana
Location of Convent in Louisiana
Coordinates: 30°01′15″N 90°49′47″W / 30.02083°N 90.82972°W / 30.02083; -90.82972Coordinates: 30°01′15″N 90°49′47″W / 30.02083°N 90.82972°W / 30.02083; -90.82972
CountryUnited States
ParishSt. James
 • Total5.33 sq mi (13.81 km2)
 • Land3.89 sq mi (10.07 km2)
 • Water1.44 sq mi (3.74 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total483
 • Density124.26/sq mi (47.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code225
FIPS code22-17180

As of the 2010 census, its population was 711,[3] and 2018 estimates put the parish at 2174 people, 61% of whom were African American.[4] The 2018 median household income was $52,292 above the state's average.[4]


Manresa House of Retreats (formerly Jefferson College) in 1934

The community was originally named Baron when first settled 1722 to 1739. It was the location of the St. Michael's Convent (Order of the Sacred Heart) from 1825 to 1932 and the location of Jefferson College, 1831 to 1931.[5]

St. Michael's Church Historic District and Jefferson College (now a Jesuit retreat center called Manresa House of Retreats), along with several historic homes in Convent, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On February 23, 2016, an extremely large wedge tornado hit the Sugar Hill RV park with two dead and several people injured.[6][7]


The town of Convent is home to a Royal Dutch Shell, Hydrogen cracking refinery that can produce 210k barrels of day of consumer petroleum products.[8][9] As of July 2020, Shell was considering selling the plant.[10][9] The plant produces 129,000 kg of annual air emissions that are high risk, including Cobalt and cobalt compounds.[4]


Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the town is only 16 feet (4.9 meters) above sea level. Convent has an area of 5.331 miles (8.579 km), of which 3.887 miles (6.256 km) is land and 1.444 miles (2.324 km) is water.[11]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

Notable personEdit


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  4. ^ a b c "The rise of environmental justice". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  5. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Convent Historical Marker".
  6. ^ "(WWL TV)". Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  7. ^ "Tornado Outbreak Kills at Least 7; More Than Two Dozen Twisters Confirmed".
  8. ^ "Shell Convent refinery restarting fire-struck hydrocracker: Sources - ET EnergyWorld". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  9. ^ a b "Shell weighs sale of Convent, Louisiana refinery". Reuters. 2020-07-07. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  10. ^ Kalt, Amy (2020-07-21). "Time to Move On - Shell's Plan to Sell Another Refinery, This Time in Louisiana's Refinery Row". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.