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Overview

Introduction to Westwego, Louisiana

Westwego, Louisiana, in Jefferson county, is 5 miles SW of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is part of the surrounding New Orleans metro area.

Westwego History

The city of Westwego is in Jefferson Parish. The community name literally means "west we go." It was named because of the number of travelers passing through the city during the gold rush in the late 1800s. The Texas and Pacific Railroad founded Westwego in 1870. The railroad yard was placed just above the canal connecting the river to Bayou Segnette, Bayou Lafourche and then to the Gulf of Mexico.

Westwego and nearby Attractions

  • National World War II Museum
  • Saint Bernard State Park
  • Longue Vue House & Gardens
  • Huey P. Long Mansion
  • Barataria Preserve
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Things To Do In Westwego

tourists can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and camping at the Saint Bernard State Park. The Barataria Preserve is also a popular tourist destination. The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is also worth visiting. Tourists who are interested in history can visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Westwego Transportation

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Westwego Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Nicholls State University, Nunez Community College, Southern University, the University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,545
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens16.8%
Employed Population 16+3,419
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married34%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,363
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,088
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,688

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,490
% Above Poverty Level76.6%
% Below Poverty Level23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.6%
Median Gross Rent$806
Median House Value$128,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41.7%
French Except Basque27.1%
German6.9%
Italian6.5%
Irish6.1%
Canadian2.8%
English2.4%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Norwegian0.5%
African0.4%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Polish0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Westwego Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson Parish
Standard Zip Codes70094
P.O. Box Zip Codes70096
Phone Area Codes504
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.9
Approximate Longitude-90.14

Westwego Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationNEW ORLEANS AUDUBON
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp60 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 81 F
Annual Precip63.7 inches
StationNEW ORLEANS CALLENDER
Distance9.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip65.1 inches
StationST BERNARD
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 90 F
Oct Temp60 to 78 F
Annual Precip62.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gretna17,832$49,645
Harahan9,321$82,195
Kenner66,954$63,811
Metairie144,772$74,571
New Orleans382,922$51,289

Westwego Public Schools

Joshua Butler Elementary School
300 Fourth Street
ZIP: 70094
(504) 341-1351
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Live Oak Manor Elementary School
220 Acadia Drive
ZIP: 70094
(504) 431-7924
Primary
Total Enrollment 225
Myrtle C. Thibodeaux Elementary School
537 Avenue D
ZIP: 70094
(504) 341-1451
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Stella Worley Middle School
801 Spartan Drive
ZIP: 70094
(504) 348-4964
Middle
Total Enrollment 740
Vic A. Pitre Elementary School
1525 Spruce Street
ZIP: 70094
(504) 341-6517
Primary
Total Enrollment 398

Westwego Private Schools

Our Lady Prompt Succor School
531 Avenue A
ZIP: 70094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 146
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