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Ouachita Parish, Louisiana (LA)

County population in 2016: 156,983 (76% urban, 24% rural); it was 147,250 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 22,328
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 13,596
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 35,412
Renter-occupied apartments: 22,767 (it was 19,804 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

33%

Land area: 611 sq. mi.

Water area: 22.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 257 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Ouachita Parish: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (19.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (14.9%), Retail trade (13.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (58.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (37.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.2%)
  • Asian alone (0.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  35.6 years
Louisiana median age:  36.5 years
Males: 75,476  (48.1%)
Females: 81,507  (51.9%)
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Ouachita Parish,LA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Ouachita Parish:

2.0 people
Louisiana:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $37,275 ($32,047 in 1999)

This county:

$37,275
Louisiana:

$45,146

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $526 (lower quartile is $385, upper quartile is $680)
This county:

$526
State:

$656


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $144,000 (it was $74,000 in 2000)
Ouachita:

$144,000
Louisiana:

$158,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $74,200 - $237,000

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $189,177
Here:

$189,177
State:

$210,583

Townhouses or other attached units: $124,242
Here:

$124,242
State:

$219,575

In 2-unit structures: $138,137
Here:

$138,137
State:

$308,068

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $185,408
Here:

$185,408
State:

$247,758

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $449,093
Here:

$449,093
State:

$255,460

Mobile homes: $149,300
Here:

$149,300
State:

$73,199

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $106,739
Here:

$106,739
State:

$164,562
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,059
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $306

Institutionalized population: 3,424

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 21
  • Robberies: 30
  • Assaults: 168
  • Burglaries: 740
  • Thefts: 1425
  • Auto thefts: 88

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 23
  • Robberies: 23
  • Assaults: 215
  • Burglaries: 788
  • Thefts: 1420
  • Auto thefts: 77
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Health of residents in Ouachita Parish based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is worse than average.
62.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
38.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
33.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
64.9% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 198 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is about average.
47.6% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 437 buildings, average cost: $142,400
  • 2008: 271 buildings, average cost: $171,800
  • 2009: 232 buildings, average cost: $159,800
  • 2010: 315 buildings, average cost: $159,100
  • 2011: 292 buildings, average cost: $173,800
  • 2012: 388 buildings, average cost: $164,500
  • 2013: 454 buildings, average cost: $185,300
  • 2014: 482 buildings, average cost: $187,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $880 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $387 (0.3%)

Ouachita Parish household income distribution in 2009 Ouachita Parish home values distribution Ouachita Parish contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 24.9%
Ouachita Parish:

24.9%
Louisiana:

20.2%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 47.7% for Black residents, 20.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.3% for American Indian residents, 13.1% for other race residents, 22.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 35.6 years old
(Males: 33.6 years old, Females: 36.9 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.4 years old, Black residents: 29.3 years old, American Indian residents: 26.4 years old, Asian residents: 39.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25.7 years old, Other race residents: 30.5 years old)

Area name: Monroe, LA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Ouachita Parish is $416 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $517 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $686 a month.

Cities in this county include: Monroe, West Monroe, Claiborne, Brownsville-Bawcomville, Brownsville, Swartz, Bawcomville, Richwood, Lakeshore, Sterlington.

Ouachita Parish has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Ouachita Parish:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.021 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 13.1 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Bienville Parish , Choctaw County, Alabama , Jackson Parish , Issaquena County, Mississippi , Erath County, Texas , Kaufman County, Texas , Upshur County, Texas , Van Zandt County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.6%
Louisiana:

6.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 10,363
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 3,175 (53.1% naturalized citizens)

Ouachita Parish:

2.0%
Whole state:

4.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 1,096
  • 2000 to 2009: 584
  • 1990 to 1999: 321
  • 1980 to 1989: 330
  • 1970 to 1979: 250
  • Before 1970: 426
Note: State values scaled to Ouachita Parish population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 92.5%

Ouachita Parish marital status for males Ouachita Parish marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 43,448
  • One, attached: 1,361
  • Two: 2,878
  • 3 or 4: 3,872
  • 5 to 9: 3,650
  • 10 to 19: 1,251
  • 20 to 49: 787
  • 50 or more: 1,389
  • Mobile homes: 8,874

Housing units in Ouachita Parish with a mortgage: 15,498 (518 second mortgage, 1,102 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 15,407

Here:

50.0% with mortgage
State:

52.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Ouachita Parish

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant64,281163
Mainline Protestant11,01830
Catholic10,1527
Black Protestant8,90835
Other2,0719
Orthodox301
None57,260-
Ouachita Parish Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 21
Ouachita Parish:

1.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 22
This county:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 74
Ouachita Parish:

4.95 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 84
This county:

5.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Ouachita Parish:

11.7%
Louisiana:

10.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Ouachita Parish:

28.4%
State:

29.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

13.7%

Agriculture in Ouachita Parish:

Average size of farms: 192 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $40,164
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $260.57
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.53%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 49.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,049
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 40.37%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 24.71%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $58,248
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.24
Corn for grain: 5422 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 4159 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 11802 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 6431 harvested acres
Vegetables: 220 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,079 acres

Earthquake activity:

Ouachita Parish-area historical earthquake activity is above Louisiana state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 239.4 miles away from Ouachita Parish center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 184.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 186.5 miles away from the county center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 343.2 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 309.4 miles away from Ouachita Parish center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 300.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 08, 2016 to April 08, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4263: March 13, 2016, FEMA Id: 4263, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Louisiana Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: October 29, 2009 to November 03, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1863: December 10, 2009, FEMA Id: 1863, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Louisiana Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: September 01, 2008 to September 11, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1786: September 02, 2008, FEMA Id: 1786, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to November 01, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1607: September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: 1607, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to November 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3260: September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: 3260, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 26, 2005 to November 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3212: August 27, 2005, FEMA Id: 3212, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Loss of the Space Shuttle <span class="italic">Columbia</span>, Incident Period: February 01, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3172: February 01, 2003, FEMA Id: 3172, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Louisiana Hurricane Lili, Incident Period: October 01, 2002 to October 16, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1437: October 03, 2002, FEMA Id: 1437, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 11, 2000 to January 03, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1357: January 12, 2001, FEMA Id: 1357, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Louisiana Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 27, 2000 to January 30, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1314: February 15, 2000, FEMA Id: 1314, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Ouachita Parish (19) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 7, Hurricanes: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (17%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • India (15%)
  • Mexico (13%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Guatemala (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Ouachita Parish (%):

  • American (13%)
  • English (10%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • German (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • European (1%)

Ouachita Parish mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 57,338 (84.0%)
  • Carpooled: 7,471 (11.0%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,283 (1.9%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 456 (0.7%)
  • Walked: 627 (0.9%)
  • Worked at home: 1,049 (1.5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana in 2000:

  • 1,944 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,167 people in nursing homes
  • 616 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 366 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 207 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 142 people in halfway houses
  • 142 people in other group homes
  • 84 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 71 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 51 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 45 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 35 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 29 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 20 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 20 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 14 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana in 2010:

  • 1,897 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,652 people in college/university student housing
  • 913 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 293 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 275 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 215 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 78 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 66 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 54 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 49 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 38 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,416.

5.22% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,382 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.22%
Louisiana average:

6.57%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($138 average AGI)
Ouachita Parish:

0.03%
Louisiana average:

0.05%

3.04% relocated from other counties in Louisiana ($18,672 average AGI)
2.16% relocated from other states ($16,572 average AGI)
Ouachita Parish:

2.16%
Louisiana average:

2.51%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Morehouse Parish, LA  0.38% ($33,361 average AGI)
from Richland Parish, LA  0.33% ($28,343)
from Lincoln Parish, LA  0.30% ($33,369)
from Union Parish, LA  0.29% ($38,929)
from Caddo Parish, LA  0.19% ($38,384)
from Franklin Parish, LA  0.16% ($21,305)
from Caldwell Parish, LA  0.14% ($27,222)


5.55% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,039 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Louisiana average:

6.57%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($192 average AGI)
Ouachita Parish:

0.03%
Louisiana average:

0.06%

2.88% relocated to other counties in Louisiana ($17,270 average AGI)
2.64% relocated to other states ($17,576 average AGI)
Ouachita Parish:

2.64%
Louisiana average:

2.51%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Richland Parish, LA  0.28% ($31,007 average AGI)
to Union Parish, LA  0.28% ($33,142)
to Morehouse Parish, LA  0.28% ($28,541)
to Lincoln Parish, LA  0.27% ($36,201)
to Caddo Parish, LA  0.22% ($30,697)
to Dallas County, TX  0.22% ($21,136)
to Bossier Parish, LA  0.15% ($40,780)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.6
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 15.1

Births per 1000 population in Ouachita Parish

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Ouachita Parish

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ouachita Parish

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Ouachita Parish
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Ouachita Parish


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 21,961 (18,183 aged, 3,778 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 5,471 (13%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana in 1999 - 2014:

  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (1,538)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,478)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,013)
  • Hypertensive heart disease without (congestive) heart failure (919)
  • Cardiovascular disease, unspecified (853)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (767)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (732)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (636)
  • Unspecified dementia (562)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (518)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.37
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,660
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 688
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 75,897

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,604
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 901
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 13

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 82.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 49.2
  • Other - 32.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 82.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 56.0
  • Other - 26.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 156,983
  • In family households: 128,807 (14,565 male householders, 20,444 female householders)
    21,048 spouses, 54,906 children (51,843 natural, 654 adopted, 2,409 stepchildren), 8,016 grandchildren, 3,176 brothers or sisters, 1,521 parents, 2,649 other relatives, 2,482 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 22,206 (8,283 male householders (7,076 living alone)), 11,057 female householders (10,283 living alone)), 2,866 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,970

Size of family households: 15,890 2-persons, 7,863 3-persons, 6,876 4-persons, 2,734 5-persons, 1,131 6-persons, 515 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 17,359 1-person, 1,952 2-persons, 29 3-persons.

16,325 married couples with children.
17,674 single-parent households (1,255 men, 16,419 women).

97.9% of residents of Ouachita speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (90% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (48% speak English very well, 51% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $797,940,000 ($5,379 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $31,291,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $307,834,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $228,805,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,462,000
Federal grants: $197,709,000
Federal procurement contracts: $14,924,000 ($7,353,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $39,206,000 ($9,635,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,259,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $34,504,000
Federal Government insurance: $470,768,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 12,255
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,222
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +247
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -4,134
Here -28 per 1000 residents
State -20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Ouachita Parish

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 22.84 millions of gallons per day (47% from ground, 53% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 2,383
  • 2010 to 2013: 3,199
  • 2000 to 2009: 8,863
  • 1990 to 1999: 8,872
  • 1980 to 1989: 10,399
  • 1970 to 1979: 14,840
  • 1960 to 1969: 8,817
  • 1950 to 1959: 6,341
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,089
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,707
Note: State values scaled to Ouachita population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Ouachita Parish population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 0
  • 3 rooms: 368
  • 4 rooms: 1,636
  • 5 rooms: 6,507
  • 6 rooms: 10,394
  • 7 rooms: 4,395
  • 8 rooms: 3,041
  • 9+ rooms: 4,564
  • 1 room: 1,656
  • 2 rooms: 1,208
  • 3 rooms: 2,811
  • 4 rooms: 6,018
  • 5 rooms: 6,333
  • 6 rooms: 3,831
  • 7 rooms: 653
  • 8 rooms: 649
  • 9+ rooms: 285
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Ouachita Parish population
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 213
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,620
  • 3 bedrooms: 19,703
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,503
  • 5+ bedrooms: 866
  • no bedroom: 1,656
  • 1 bedroom: 4,043
  • 2 bedrooms: 7,760
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,231
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,754
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Ouachita Parish population
  • no vehicle: 793
  • 1 vehicle: 9,975
  • 2 vehicles: 13,080
  • 3 vehicles: 5,202
  • 4 vehicles: 1,397
  • 5+ vehicles: 458
  • no vehicle: 5,126
  • 1 vehicle: 12,188
  • 2 vehicles: 5,568
  • 3 vehicles: 541
  • 4 vehicles: 21
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

88% of Ouachita Parish residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 40% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 63% lived in Louisiana.

Ouachita Parish:

87.7%
State average:

86.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 129,015
  • Other state: 24,654
  • Northeast: 794
  • Midwest: 3,025
  • South: 19,028
  • West: 1,807

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ouachita Parish
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (56.8%)
  • Utility gas (39.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.0%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Solar energy (0.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.1%)
  • Electricity (74.1%)
  • Utility gas (24.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Wood (0.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,583
Here:

9.2%
Louisiana:

17.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 774
Here:

8.8%
Louisiana:

17.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 240
Here:

3.0%
Louisiana:

17.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Ouachita Parish government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $1,816,000
    Regular Highways: $1,775,000
    Libraries: $1,451,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $493,000
    Sewerage: $289,000
    Water Utilities: $217,000
    Police Protection: $89,000
    Hospitals: $40,000
    Parks and Recreation: $31,000
    Financial Administration: $18,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $9,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $9,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $17,699,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $11,153,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,861,000
    Police Protection: $10,844,000
    Hospitals: $10,001,000
    General - Other: $6,994,000
    Regular Highways: $5,239,000
    Libraries: $5,213,000
    Financial Administration: $3,653,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,104,000
    Sewerage: $1,777,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,669,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,202,000
    Health - Other: $1,141,000
    Parks and Recreation: $919,000
    Water Utilities: $467,000
    Corrections - Other: $403,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $43,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $18,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,562,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $849,000
    Regular Highways: $447,000
    Local Fire Protection: $243,000
    Police Protection: $199,000
    Correctional Institutions: $164,000
    Hospitals: $133,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $63,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Financial Administration: $33,000
    Corrections - Other: $25,000
    Housing and Community Development: $21,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $17,000
    Sewerage: $14,000
    Water Utilities: $11,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,898,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $46,000

Ouachita Parish government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $6,431,000
    Sewerage: $2,518,000
    Housing and Community Development: $832,000
    Hospital Public: $478,000
    Parks and Recreation: $130,000
    Regular Highways: $41,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $2,411,000
    All Other: $431,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $290,000
    General Local Government Support: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,635,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,212,000
    Sale of Property: $1,543,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,487,000
    Special Assessments: $169,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $8,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $557,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $19,162,000
    Health and Hospitals: $8,332,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,243,000
    Highways: $1,060,000
    Sewerage: $104,000
    Public Welfare: $88,000
    Water Utilities: $19,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000
  • Tax - Property: $35,926,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $10,031,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,485,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,389,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $668,000
    Other License: $112,000

Ouachita Parish government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,859,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,485,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $20,560,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $19,484,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,977,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,076,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $603,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $2,000

Ouachita Parish government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $215,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $38,786,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $50,458,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,681
  • Number of aged recipients: 561
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 5,120
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,284
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,310
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,087
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,773
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,493
Ouachita Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Ouachita Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 41 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED809$135,032647$131,3251,971$141,797175$38,15414$580,286454$93,051194$39,103
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED34$109,73544$100,864125$143,84817$68,0001$100,00011$229,72731$48,290
APPLICATIONS DENIED173$128,746175$76,389686$132,819157$29,6941$1,260,00061$63,426127$47,402
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN77$140,68869$151,072456$145,03917$65,4710$021$99,47617$78,941
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS26$140,84617$106,176142$130,93712$67,1670$05$63,6008$57,500
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 22 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED77$188,49481$173,2100$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED25$190,28028$223,9292$195,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED12$201,33326$220,6151$96,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$191,75011$235,1820$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$182,0004$132,2500$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Ouachita Parish, LA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James92971.5 years
Mary86278.0 years
John80173.3 years
William69874.0 years
Willie53474.2 years
Robert50070.9 years
George38974.0 years
Charles37368.7 years
Annie30180.1 years
Henry29371.9 years
Most common last names in Ouachita Parish, LA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith66574.2 years
Williams54874.8 years
Johnson54273.3 years
Jones40174.3 years
Brown32873.6 years
Jackson31873.0 years
Davis29073.5 years
Moore24176.4 years
Wilson21773.4 years
Taylor21474.6 years
Businesses in Ouachita Parish, LA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T5Kohl's1
Abercrombie & Fitch1La Quinta1
Abercrombie Kids1La-Z-Boy1
Academy Sports + Outdoors1Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware2Lane Furniture3
Advance Auto Parts3Little Caesars Pizza2
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
American Eagle Outfitters1Marriott2
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Arby's1Maurices1
Ashley Furniture1Mazda1
AutoZone3McDonald's9
BMW1Men's Wearhouse2
Bath & Body Works1Motherhood Maternity1
Bed Bath & Beyond1New Balance1
Best Western2New York & Co1
Blockbuster2Nike13
Budget Car Rental1Nissan1
Burger King6Office Depot2
CVS3Old Navy1
Catherines1Olive Garden1
Charlotte Russe1Outback1
Chevrolet1Outback Steakhouse1
Chick-Fil-A3Papa John's Pizza2
Chico's1Payless3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Penske2
Church's Chicken3PetSmart1
Circle K3Pier 1 Imports1
Clarion1Pizza Hut2
Comfort Suites1Popeyes4
Cracker Barrel1Quality1
Curves1Quiznos3
Days Inn1RadioShack3
Decora Cabinetry1Red Lobster1
Domino's Pizza2Red Roof Inn1
DressBarn1Rite Aid4
Dressbarn1Rue211
Express1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
FedEx17SAS Shoes1
Finish Line1SONIC Drive-In11
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Sam's Club1
Foot Locker1Sears4
Ford1Shoe Carnival1
Forever 211Spencer Gifts1
GNC4Sprint Nextel1
GameStop3Starbucks2
Goodwill1Super 83
Gymboree1T-Mobile4
H&R Block6Taco Bell4
Havertys Furniture1Talbots1
Haworth1Target1
Hilton2The Room Place1
Hobby Lobby1Toyota1
Holiday Inn1Toys"R"Us2
Hollister Co.1True Value2
Home Depot1U-Haul10
Honda1UPS20
Hot Topic1Verizon Wireless2
IHOP2Victoria's Secret1
JCPenney1Waffle House6
JoS. A. Bank1Walgreens3
Jones New York6Walmart2
Journeys1Wendy's6
Justice1Wet Seal1
KFC3Wingate1
Kincaid1YMCA1

Ouachita Parish on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"