Kenner (historically French: Cannes-Brûlées) is the seventh-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana following New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Bossier City. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish and the largest incorporated suburban city of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.
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) and has an elevation of 0 ft (0 m).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39 km), of which 15.1 square miles (39 km) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km) (0.7%) is water.
Kenner is located on the west side of the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metro 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.
As of 2013 there were 66,975 living in Kenner, down from 70,517 people in 2000. The population density was 4,486.0 people per square mile. There were 28,076 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 48.8% White, 24.0% African American, 22.4% Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% Native American, 3.7% Asian, 3.80% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races.
As of the 2000 United States Census, there are 70,517 people, 25,652 households, and 18,469 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,798.3/km² (4,659.0/mi²). There are 27,378 housing units at an average density of 698.2/km² (1,808.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 13.62% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 25,652 households out of which 36.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% are married couples living together, 16.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% are non-families. 23.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.23.
In the city the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $39,946, and the median income for a family is $45,866. Males have a median income of $34,964 versus $24,051 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,615. 13.6% of the population and 11.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.7% of those under the age of 18 and 12.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
As of 2010, Hispanics and Latinos made up 22% of Kenner’s population. Of the 20 U.S. Census Bureau tracts in Kenner, 12 of them have Hispanic populations of 15% or more. One of those census tracts has the highest number of Hispanic and Latino people in all of Louisiana. By 2011, many business catering to Hispanics and Latinos had opened in Kenner. As of 2000, Hispanics were 14% of Kenner’s population and six census tracts had greater than 15% Hispanic populations.
A portion of north Kenner is called “Little Honduras.” Kenner’s Hispanic Resource Center offers English as a second language classes and after school programs.