Venice is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States. As of the 2020 census, its population was 162.[2] It is 77 miles (124 km) south of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River at 29°16′37″N 89°21′17″W / 29.27694°N 89.35472°W / 29.27694; -89.35472. It is the last community down the Mississippi accessible by automobile, and it is the southern terminus of the Great River Road. This has earned the town the nickname "The end of the world." The ZIP code for Venice is 70091.

Venice, Louisiana
Venice, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Venice, Louisiana
Venice, Louisiana
Location of Venice in Louisiana
Coordinates: 29°16′37″N 89°21′17″W / 29.27694°N 89.35472°W / 29.27694; -89.35472
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Land1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total162
 • Density161.52/sq mi (62.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code504
FIPS code22-78015

In 2001, the combined population for Venice and the neighboring communities of Orchard (often considered a part of Venice) and Boothville, Louisiana, was about 2,740 people, with about 975 families. About 460 of those people lived in Venice.

Venice has a diverse variety of fish. It is known as the starting point for many doing offshore fishing, who then head to Port Eads. Its main offshore rival is nearby Grand Isle.[citation needed]

History edit

In 1969, Venice was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Camille.[3] The pressure fell below 950 hPa, with winds over 100 miles per hour. The community would be devastated again 36 years later by Hurricane Katrina.[4]

In 2000, a deck hand on a shrimp boat was accused of the murder of his captain, whose body was discovered a few days after a storm on the Gulf of Mexico. The media, including newspapers in the city, discovered that the man had been coerced into making a false confession, and he was eventually acquitted.[citation needed]

Venice was again almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.[4] Since then, significant reconstruction, reopening, and reoccupation has taken place. The high bridge leading to Venice was not destroyed during the hurricane.

In late April 2010, Venice faced an environmental disaster when oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began washing ashore in the community.

Geography edit

Venice is located along the west bank of the Mississippi River at 29°16′37″N, 89°21′17″W. It has an area of 1.628 miles (2.620 km), of which 1.003 miles (1.614 km) is land and 0.625 miles (1.006 km) is water.[5]

Demographics edit

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Venice CDP, Louisiana – Racial and Ethnic Composition
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 170 116 84.16% 71.60%
Black or African American alone (NH) 12 14 5.94% 8.64%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 4 6 1.98% 3.70%
Asian alone (NH) 2 4 0.99% 2.47%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 1 0.00% 0.62%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 11 14 5.45% 8.64%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3 7 1.49% 4.32%
Total 202 162 100.00% 100.00%

In 2020 its population was 162.[2]

Industry edit

Local industries include commercial and sport fishing, as well as service and transport for off-shore petroleum platforms.

Education edit

Plaquemines Parish School Board operates the public schools of the parish.

It is served by Boothville-Venice Elementary School in Boothville and South Plaquemines High School in Buras.[9] Prior to 2005 Boothville-Venice High School (PreK-12) served the community,[10] but Hurricane Katrina damaged the original building.[9]

Plaquemines Parish is in the service area of Nunez Community College.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "See vintage photos of Hurricane Camille from 1969". Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Katrina 10 years later: Plaquemines Parish, La". Retrieved December 4, 2022.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Venice CDP, Louisiana". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Venice CDP, Louisiana". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ a b "Plaquemines Parish Comprehensive Master Plan 8. Public Facilities and Services." Plaquemines Parish. p. 9/34. Retrieved on December 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Boothville-Venice High School." Plaquemines Parish School Board. March 22, 2004. Retrieved on December 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Our Colleges". Louisiana's Technical and Community Colleges. Retrieved June 3, 2021.

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