Rapides Parish, LA

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2022 Population
129,536
0.708% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.7
0.266% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18.3%
2.41% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$55,407
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$171,400
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
55,565
1.17% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rapides Parish, LA had a population of 130k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $55,407. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rapides Parish, LA declined from 130,459 to 129,536, a −0.708% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,639 to $55,407, a 11.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rapides Parish, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (31.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.15%), White (Hispanic) (1.61%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.18%).

None of the households in Rapides Parish, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Rapides Parish, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rapides Parish, LA are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (158088) (1,626 degrees awarded in 2022), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (737 degrees), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (275 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Rapides Parish, LA was $171,400, and the homeownership rate was 65.9%.

Most people in Rapides Parish, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Rapides Parish, LA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Rapides Parish, LA is home to a population of 130k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.54% of Rapides Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.29k people).

In 2022, there were 1.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (78.3k people) in Rapides Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.09k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.6% of Rapides Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rapides Parish, LA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rapides Parish, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    78.3k ± 236
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    40.2k ± 534
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.09k ± 624
3.53%
Hispanic Population
4.57k people

In 2022, there were 1.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (78.3k people) in Rapides Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.09k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.53% of the people in Rapides Parish, LA are hispanic (4.57k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Rapides Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.54%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.29k people
2.54%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.31k people

As of 2022, 2.54% of Rapides Parish, LA residents (3.29k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rapides Parish, LA was 2.54%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,032 ± 361
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,867 ± 414
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,548 ± 330

Rapides Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rapides Parish, LA employs 55.6k people. The largest industries in Rapides Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,184 people), Retail Trade (6,626 people), and Educational Services (5,500 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,057), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,936), and Public Administration ($60,578).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

55.6k
2022 Value
± 2,136
1.17%
1 Year growth
± 5.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rapides Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 54.9k employees to 55.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rapides Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,497 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,515 people), and Management Occupations (4,760 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rapides Parish, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

55.6k
2022 Value
± 2,136
1.17%
1 Year growth
± 5.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rapides Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.17%, from 54.9k employees to 55.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rapides Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,184 people), Retail Trade (6,626 people), and Educational Services (5,500 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rapides Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Rapides Parish, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,008
Median earning men ± $1,997
$32,443
Median earning women ± $1,543

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($64,011), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,650), and Public Administration ($61,135).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($60,079), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,071), and Construction ($45,515).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,758
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 941
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 682
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Rapides County, LA went to Donald J. Trump with 65.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.18%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Rapides Parish, LA awarded 3,059 degrees. The student population of Rapides Parish, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,403 male students and 4,807 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rapides Parish, LA are White (1,764 and 57.8%), followed by Black or African American (868 and 28.5%), Unknown (142 and 4.66%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (101 and 3.31%).

The largest universities in Rapides Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (158088) (1,626 and 53.2%), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (737 and 24.1%), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (275 and 8.99%).

The most popular majors in Rapides Parish, LA are Welding Technology (467 and 15.3%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (193 and 6.31%), and Registered Nursing (159 and 5.2%).

The median tuition costs in Rapides Parish, LA are $19,590 for private four year colleges, and $4,950 and $5,120 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Rapides Parish, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 60.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 28%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 7,210 (33.3% men and 66.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 7,210 students enrolled in Rapides Parish, LA, 33.3% men and 66.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,117 records, of which 65.6% were women and 34.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Rapides Parish, LA was Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training with 130 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Rapides Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,626 degrees awarded
  2. 737 degrees awarded
  3. 275 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Louisiana Technical Community College (158088) with 1,626 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,283 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rapides Parish, LA, which is 0.722 times less than the 1,776 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,764 degrees mean that there were 2.03 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 868 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($19,590) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,100) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rapides Parish, LA was $171,400 in 2022, which is 0.608 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $153,600 to $171,400, a 11.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Rapides Parish, LA is 65.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rapides Parish, LA have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rapides Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Rapides Parish, LA is $55,407. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Rapides Parish, LA was Census Tract 123.01 with a value of $101,660, followed by Census Tract 104 and Census Tract 123.02, with respective values of $86,513 and $78,345.

In 2022, 15.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rapides Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.46%.

Property

$171,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,794
$31,989
Median Property Taxes
±$1,396

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rapides Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.9%
Homeownership
2022
68.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.9% of the housing units in Rapides Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 123.01
  2. Census Tract 104
  3. Census Tract 123.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rapides Parish, LA was Census Tract 123.01 with a value of $101,660, followed by Census Tract 104 and Census Tract 123.02, with respective values of $86,513 and $78,345.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Rapides Parish, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$55,407
Median Household Income
± $2,017
48.5k
Number of Households
± 1,764

In 2022, the median household income of the 48.5k households in Rapides Parish, LA grew to $55,407 from the previous year's value of $49,639.

The following chart displays the households in Rapides Parish, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rapides Parish, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.7%)
  2. Carpooled (6.76%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.83%)

In 2022, 80.7% of workers in Rapides Parish, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.76%) and those who worked at home (3.83%).

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rapides Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.17% of the workforce in Rapides Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rapides Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.46%.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rapides Parish, LA (23.1k out of 126k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rapides Parish, LA is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 22.7% of the children was living in poverty in Rapides Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.8%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 1.01k in Rapides Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 248 per 100,000 population.

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Health

91.1% of the population of Rapides Parish, LA has health coverage, with 36.4% on employee plans, 29% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.43% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Rapides Parish, LA see 1089 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.89% decrease from the previous year (1145 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1837 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 183 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,089 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rapides Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in Rapides Parish, LA see an average of 1,089 patients per year. This represents a 4.89% decrease from the previous year (1,145 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rapides Parish, LA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.5% under 18 years, 19.8% between 18 and 34 years, 37.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.87%
Uninsured
36.4%
Employer Coverage
29%
Medicaid
10.4%
Medicare
12.9%
Non-Group
2.43%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rapides Parish, LA declined by 2.13% from 9.06% to 8.87%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 59.1 in Rapides Parish, LA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39.8% in Rapides Parish, LA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.7% in Rapides Parish, LA.

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