Kenner, Louisiana

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Coordinates: 30°00′35″N 90°15′02″W / 30.00972°N 90.25056°W / 30.00972; -90.25056
Kenner, Louisiana
City of Kenner
City
Kenner Rivertown May 2010 Landing Inland.jpg
Kenner's old "Rivertown" area
Seal
Motto: Well, We Call It Home
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Elevation 3 ft (0.914 m) 1
Coordinates 30°00′35″N 90°15′02″W / 30.00972°N 90.25056°W / 30.00972; -90.25056
Area 15.2 sq mi (39.4 km2)
 - land 15.1 sq mi (39 km2)
 - water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 0.66%
Population 66,702 (2010)
Density 4,659.0 / sq mi (1,798.8 / km2)
Founded March 2, 1855
 - Incorporated 1867
 - Reincorporated April 1, 1873
 - Reincorporated December 13, 1913
Mayor Michael S. Yenni (R)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Kenner in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Website: http://www.kenner.la.us

Kenner (historically French: Cannes-Brûlées2 is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.

Kenner is represented in the Louisiana House of Representatives by the Republican attorney Tom Willmott. The state senator is Republican Danny Martiny, a former state House member. Martiny's predecessor in the House is Kernan "Skip" Hand, a retired district court judge from Kenner. Martiny's predecessor in the state Senate, Metairie attorney Art Lentini, also resides in Kenner. The current mayor of the city of Kenner is Michael S. Yenni [1].

History

Originally inhabited by the Tchoupitoulas Indians,3 the area along the Mississippi River was the first land in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area on which Europeans set foot. René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle landed there in 1682. In 1855, Kenner was founded by Minor Kenner on land that consisted of three plantation properties that had been purchased by the Kenner family. At the time, all land north of what is now Airline Highway was swampland.

In Kenner on 10 May 1870, “Gypsy” Jem Mace defeated Tom Allen for the heavyweight championship of the bare-knuckle boxing era; a monument marks the spot near the river end of Williams Boulevard.

During 1915–1931 a New Orleans streetcar line operated between New Orleans and Kenner. The line ran between the intersection of Rampart and Canal in New Orleans and the intersection of Williams Blvd and Jefferson Hwy in Kenner.

In 1960, Kenner had a population of 17,037.

Kenner's growth began in the late 1950s when developers began subdividing, draining and filling the swampland in the northern half of the city. During the 1960s, the construction of Interstate 10 and improvements to Veterans Memorial Highway aided the rapid development of Kenner as a suburb of New Orleans.

By 1979, Kenner's population was 60,524 making it the 6th largest city in the state.

In 1982, Pan Am flight 759 crashed in a residential area of Kenner.4 A total of 154 people were killed (all 146 on board and 8 on the ground). Six houses were completely destroyed; five houses were substantially damaged.

Geography

Kenner's coordinates are 30°0′35″N 90°15′2″W / 30.00972°N 90.25056°W / 30.00972; -90.25056 (30.009610, −90.250585)5 and has an elevation of 0 ft (0 m).6

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39 km2), of which, 15.1 square miles (39 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (00.7%) is water.

Kenner is located on the west side of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area, in Jefferson Parish. Its boundaries are Lake Pontchartrain to the north; the Mississippi River to the south; the unincorporated areas of Metairie and River Ridge to the east; and St. Charles Parish to the west.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,882
1930 2,440 29.6%
1940 2,375 −2.7%
1950 5,535 133.1%
1960 17,037 207.8%
1970 29,858 75.3%
1980 66,382 122.3%
1990 72,033 8.5%
2000 70,517 −2.1%
2010 66,702 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 70,517 people, 25,652 households, and 18,469 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,659.0 people per square mile (1,798.3/km²). There were 27,378 housing units at an average density of 1,808.8 per square mile (698.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.12% White, 22.55% African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.84% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.80% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.62% of the population.

There were 25,652 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,946, and the median income for a family was $45,866. Males had a median income of $34,964 versus $24,051 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,615. About 11.0% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under the age of 18 and 12.0% of those 65 and older.

According to Census 2000, Kenner had 32 houses valued at $1,000,000 or more.

Places of interest

Kenner is home to the following:

  • Louis Armstrong International Airport – New Orleans' international airport.
  • Pontchartrain Center – Opened in 1991, it is the second-largest convention center in the New Orleans metro area.
  • Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner – one of the major hospitals in the New Orleans metro area.
  • The Esplanade Mall – Opened in 1985, it is one of the two largest malls located in East Jefferson (the East Bank of Jefferson Parish).
  • Chateau Golf and Country Club—one of only three golf courses located in East Jefferson (the East Bank of Jefferson Parish).
  • Treasure Chest Casino – Docked where Williams Boulevard hits Lake Pontchartrain, it is the only casino located in East Jefferson (the East Bank of Jefferson Parish).
  • Rivertown – The historic district located along the original main street of Old Kenner—where Williams Boulevard hits the Mississippi River. Rivertown features numerous museums, shops, and cultural resources. Highlights include the Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Kenner's Heritage Park, Kenner's planetarium & science museum (sponsored by Freeport McMoran), two fine dining establishments, and a cafe.
  • Laketown – A park built where Williams Boulevard hits Lake Pontchartrain. It features a boat launch, two piers, pavilions, a jogging/biking path, and a concession stand and bait house.

The toy train museum closed in 2009.8

Government and infrastructure

The lighthouse concession stand at Kenner's Laketown development; construction of fishing pier in rear.

The United States Postal Service operates two post offices.9 They are the Kenner Post Office and the North Kenner Post Office.1011


Economy

At one time L'Express Airlines had its headquarters in Kenner.12

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Kenner is served by the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

The only high school in Kenner is Alfred Bonnabel High School, which is located on the border between Metairie and Kenner.

Middle Schools in Kenner include:

  • Theodore Roosevelt Middle School [2]

Elementary Schools include:

  • A.C. Alexander Elementary School
  • John James Audubon Elementary School
  • Chateau Estates Elementary School
  • John Clancy Elementary School
  • Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School
  • Walter Schneckenberger Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • Granville T. Woods Elementary

Faith-based, Private, and Preparatory Schools Include:

  • First Baptist Christian School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
  • Islamic School of Greater New Orleans

Library and planetarium

Jefferson Parish Library operates the North Kenner Library.13

Kenner also has the Louis J. Roussel, Jr., Laser Planetarium, named for the New Orleans businessman and political kingmaker Louis J. Roussel, Jr..14

Transportation

Kenner Post Office with LA 49 / Williams Blvd. in foreground

Buses

Public transportation in the city is operated by The Jefferson Parish Department of Transit Administration which operates Jefferson Transit. Jefferson Transit provides service to points in Kenner, Metairie and New Orleans as well as other locations in incorporated and unincorporated Jefferson Parish.15

Roads

Kenner is served by Interstate 10 which travels east-west through the city. Traveling westbound from the city line there are exits at Power Blvd., LA 49 (Williams Blvd.)/32nd St. - New Orleans Int'l Airport, and Loyola Dr.

In addition the interstate, U.S. 61 (generally signed as Airline Dr.) travels east-west through the southern end of the city. LA 49 (signed as Williams Blvd.) is the city's primary north-south corridor.

Airport

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (IATA: MSY), the main commercial airport for the New Orleans metropolitan area, is located within the just city south of Interstate 10. The airport serves as a major tax-revenue generator for the city.

References

  1. ^ "Kenner, Louisiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 4, 1980. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  2. ^ Jim Davis (1997). "Hister of Kenner". East Jefferson Parish. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kenner". Tourist Link. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "1982: Pan Am Flight 759 crashes in Kenner". Nola. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Ross, Bob. "Economy shutters Kenner's Toy Train Museum." New Orleans Time-Picayune. October 12, 2009. Retrieved on March 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "Contact Us." City of Kenner. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  10. ^ "Post Office Location – KENNER." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 27, 2010.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location – NORTH KENNER." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 28, 2010.
  12. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 27 – April 2, 1991. 99. "Head Office: 1919 Veterans Blvd., Suite 400 Kenner, LA 70062, USA:"
  13. ^ "North Kenner Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  14. ^ "Kenner's Rivertown". Experience Jefferson. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  15. ^ Jefferson Transit.

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