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Introduction

Located immediately west of the city of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish—a parish in Louisiana is similar to a county in other states—is an entity in its own right.

Louisiana’s most populous parish, with more than 440,000 residents in a metro area of almost 1.3 million, Jefferson is also the state’s largest parish in terms of land area. A two-hour drive is required to cover the distance from the parish’s northern boundary, Lake Pontchartrain, to its southernmost town, Grand Isle, located on the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River, from which much of the area’s commercial success originates, runs through the parish and separates the area into two regions known as the east and west banks.

Six incorporated cities lie within the parish. The cities of Kenner and Harahan are situated on the east bank, while Gretna, Westwego, Lafitte and Grand Isle are located on the west bank. In addition, there are the unincorporated areas of Metairie, Jefferson, Elmwood and River Ridge on the east bank and Avondale, Barataria, Bridge City, Harvey, Marrero, Terrytown, Waggaman, Estelle, Timberlane and Woodmere on the west bank.

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