St. Helena Parish, commonly referred to as one of the Florida Parishes, is located in the southeasterly part of the State of Louisiana. It occupies the land area bordered by the 31 degree North Lattitude (which is the southern boundary line of the State of Mississippi), the parish of Tangipahoa to the east, the parish of Livingston to the south, and the parishes of East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana to the west, as well as the Amite River, which separates the last two parishes from St. Helena.
This area, now known as St. Helena Parish, was first inhabited by the American Indian. The Houma, Bayou Goula, Tangipahoa and Choctaw Tribes migrated into the Florida Parishes and settled along the rivers, streams and lakes in the area. The woodlands were utilized by these people for hunting and gathering. Although the population of the Indian tribes declined with the arrival of the white men, the Indians are still commemorated in the names of the local rivers, towns and parishes.
According to the 2000 Census, the population of St. Helena Parish is 10,525. 52.5% of the population is black and 46.5% is white. The population of the Parish has increased 6.6% since 1990. Persons under 18 years old account for 29% of the population. Greensburg, the only town in the parish, has a population of 573 persons. It serves as the commercial center of the parish. The Village of Montpelier is the second largest community. Other communities in the parish are Pine Grove, Grangeville, Chipola, Lookout, Jack, Darlington, Hillsdale, Kedron, Easleyville, Tinus, Coleman Town, Oakland, Liverpool, Dennis Mills, Rocky Hill, Holy Hill, Self, Baygall, and Crossroads.
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