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The City of Westwego had a population of 8,627 as of July 1, 2021. Westwego ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Westwego is located at latitude 29.906 and longitude -90.1423 in Jefferson Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Westwego encompass a land area of 3.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0.48 sq. miles. Jefferson Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of Westwego has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Westwego is located within Parish Governing Authority District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson Parish.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Westwego: Salaville.

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Westwego, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 8,627 (100%)
Population in Households 8,624 (100.0%)
Population in Families 6,792 (78.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3 ( 0.0%)
Population Density 2,769
Diversity Index2 57


Median Household Income $33,363
Average Household Income $51,228
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $20,874
Wealth Index5 41


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,300 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,904 (44.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,627 (37.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 768 (17.9%)
Median Home Value $134,904
Average Home Value $149,921
Housing Affordability Index3 150


Total Households 3,532
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 2,271
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.1% -0.1%
Households 0.24% -0.03%
Families 0.03% -0.19%
Median Household Income   1.73%
Per Capita Income   2.78%
Owner Occupied HU   0.28%

Westwego, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Westwego to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 70 85th
Population Density # 20 96th
Median Household Income # 364 23rd
Housing Affordability Index # 80 17th
Per Capita Income # 318 33rd
Diversity Index # 70 85th

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