St. Mary Parish has more than 54,000 residents contributing to a fascinating cultural mix in the “Heart of the Cajun Coast”. The blending of French, Italian, Spanish, English, African, Native Americans and Cajun Traditions have created a rich and flavorful “Gumbo” of communities dedicated to the family.
There are five municipalities Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson, Franklin and Baldwin and the Chitimacha Nation in Charenton. Each community offers its own charm and uniqueness where families can enjoy relaxed living and safe neighborhoods, ideal for raising children or seniors to spoil grandchildren.
St. Mary Parish offers the easy life in a rural setting with a blend of industry, agriculture and ecology to provide its residents with excellent job opportunities, a living wage and a vast sportsman paradise for recreation. The Parish has five (5) municipalities and a Native American country within its borders. The municipalities are Morgan City, Franklin, Patterson, Berwick and Baldwin. The Chitamachin Tribe also contributes to the excellent work ethic and parish diversity.
St. Mary Parish is currently home to 49,348 residents (2019 Census) and draws on a regional workforce of 400,000 workers. The business climate is friendly and the residents will make you feel at home.
St. Mary has a cost of living index at 80% of the national average, extremely low crime rate and typically growing family incomes.
Drivers of the local economy include oilfield service companies, shipbuilders, chemical plants, metal fabrication and sugarcane harvest and milling. Major employers include Cameron Int’l., Oceaneering, Transocean, Intermoor, Bollinger and Conrad Shipyards, and Birla Carbon, Cabot and Orion Chemicals.
There are two (2) hospitals, Ochsner St. Mary and Franklin Foundation, with several growing clinic complexes to house new physicians.
of the US National Average
St. Mary Parish has experienced a gradual increase in housing (23,657 units) according to estimates from July of 2018, in comparison to the 2010 census (23,028 units). 61% of the homes in St. Mary Parish, are owner occupied with the median value estimated at $106,200. Monthly owner costs with mortgage average about $1,073 while the average rent is around $775. 48.6% of homeowners spend less than 20% of their income on living expenses, followed by 13% whom are paying up to 24.9%, suggesting that the majority of St. Mary’s homeowners are living quite comfortably within their means.
Owner occupied homes
Schools, particularly the St. Mary Parish Public Schools have shown marked improvement in the last five (5) years. School rankings include Berwick and Patterson A designation with Morgan City and Centerville B+ and Franklin and West St. Mary bordering on a B ranking. There are also two (2) Parochial schools, one (1) in Morgan City and one (1) in Franklin.
There is a top quality community college system for industrial and marine training including robotics, electronics, welding, commercial diving and Coast Guard Certifications. Business Administration and Nursing careers are also offered. Within the region there are several excellent 4 year universities including; Louisiana State University, University Louisiana Lafayette, University of New Orleans, Tulane, Loyola, Nicholls State and Southern University, all within 1 hour 30 minutes by car.
The parish offers a new PGA rated public golf course and two (2) executive courses. There are numerous weekend activities including Festivals, Powerboat races, Mardi Gras, Eagle Expo and Friday night concerts in Morgan City (Rhythms on the River) during the Spring. There are numerous activities for the youth in league soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and football, and a new spray park, skate park and miniature golf course with pavilions for family fun. For the adults there are two (2) gaming facilities; Cypress Bayou Casino and Hotel resort and the Amelia Belle Riverboat Casino. There are many quality restaurants throughout the Parish and a 5 star steak house, Mr. Lester’s at the Cypress Bayou Casino. Don’t forget the great outdoors for birdwatchers, hikers, campers, recreational fishing and hunting.