Census-designated place
Harvey Jefferson Sheriffs Office Jan 2010.jpg
Sheriff's office building, Harvey
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Jefferson
Elevation 3 ft (0.9 m)
Coordinates 29°53′28″N 90°04′09″W / 29.89111°N 90.06917°W / 29.89111; -90.06917
Area 7.5 sq mi (19.4 km2)
 - land 7.0 sq mi (18 km2)
 - water 0.5 sq mi (1 km2), 6.67%
Population 20,348 (2010)
Density 2,906.8 / sq mi (1,122.3 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504
Location of Harvey in Louisiana
Location of Louisiana in the United States

Harvey is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Harvey is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, within the New Orleans Metairie Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 22,226 at the 2000 census.

The District 84 state representative, Republican Patrick Connick, practices law in Marrero and resides in Harvey.[1]


Harvey is located at 29°53′28″N 90°04′09″W / 29.89111°N 90.06917°W / 29.89111; -90.06917

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18 km2), of which, 6.7 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (5.11%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop. %
1970 6,347
1980 22,709 257.8%
1990 21,222 6.5%
2000 22,226 4.7%

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 20,348 people, 7,878 households, and 5,806 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,329.7 people per square mile (1,284.7/km ). There were 8,601 housing units at an average density of 1,288.5 per square mile (497.1/km ). The racial makeup of the CDP was 30.42% White, 38.45% African American, 1.02% Native American, 15.80% Asian, 0.42% Pacific Islander, 5.04% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.34% of the population.

There were 7,878 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,010, and the median income for a family was $34,221. Males had a median income of $31,961 versus $21,650 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,885. About 21.2% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.2% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.


Harvey resident Harvey Patrick O'Neal Kennedy was sentenced to death in 2003 after being convicted of violently raping his eight-year-old stepdaughter. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty for rape constituted cruel and unusual punishment, in Kennedy v. Louisiana.[4]


Harvey's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public School System, which has its headquarters in Harvey.[5][6]

Public schools:

In 2012 Homedale Elementary in Harvey closed.[7] A plan called for Homedale students to be rezoned to McDonogh 26 Elementary in Gretna.[8]

Private schools

  • St. Ville Academy for High School Preparation
  • Homedale School
  • St Rosalie Elementary School

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Jane O'Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library in Harvey.[6][9] The 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility opened in 1990 and is the largest public library in the West Bank of Jefferson Parish.[9]

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Representative Patrick Connick". pledgeyourvote.net. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Kennedy v. Louisiana, 128 S.Ct. 2641., http://www4.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-343.ZO.html
  5. ^ Home page. Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Retrieved on December 23, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Harvey CDP, Louisiana." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on December 23, 2009.
  7. ^ Waller, Mark. "Group of schools shuts down as Jefferson Parish adjourns for the summer." The Times-Picayune. May 25, 2012. Retrieved on April 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Waller, Mark. "Parents speak out to defend Homedale Elementary in Harvey from closure." The Times-Picayune. May 2, 2012. Retrieved on April 4, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Jane O'Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library." Jefferson Parish Library. Retrieved on September 29, 2010.
  10. ^ Purpura, Paul. "Patrick Kennedy, whose conviction led to ban on executing child rapists, to remain in prison during appeal." The Times-Picayune. December 20, 2013. Retrieved on March 16, 2014.