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Rapides Parish, Louisiana (LA)

County population in 2018: 130,562 (60% urban, 40% rural); it was 126,337 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 18,979
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 14,053
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 32,055
Renter-occupied apartments: 17,369 (it was 15,065 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

33%

Land area: 1323 sq. mi.

Water area: 39.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 99 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Rapides Parish: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (24.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 58%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 29%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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  • Races in Rapides Parish, LA (2018)
    • 79,98463.3%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 41,88833.2%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 4,1503.3%Hispanic or Latino
    • 2,8142.2%Two or more races
    • 1,6681.3%Asian alone
    • 7900.6%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 680.05%Some other race alone
    • 80.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

37.5 years
Louisiana median age:

37.3 years
Males: 63,788  (48.9%)
Females: 66,774  (51.1%)
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Average household size:
Rapides Parish:

2.0 people
Louisiana:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2018: $49,175 ($29,856 in 1999)
This county:

$49,175
Louisiana:

$47,905

Median contract rent in 2018 for apartments: $625 (lower quartile is $432, upper quartile is $786)
This county:

$625
State:

$692


Estimated median house or condo value in 2018: $153,900 (it was $68,300 in 2000)
Rapides:

$153,900
Louisiana:

$167,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $85,100 - $232,400

Mean price in 2018:

Detached houses: $207,139
Here:

$207,139
State:

$222,912

Townhouses or other attached units: $329,181
Here:

$329,181
State:

$240,956

In 2-unit structures: $81,934
Here:

$81,934
State:

$340,420

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $99,220
Here:

$99,220
State:

$211,590

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $117,019
Here:

$117,019
State:

$252,404

Mobile homes: $28,956
Here:

$28,956
State:

$62,975

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $34,933
Here:

$34,933
State:

$44,076

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,162
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $363

Institutionalized population: 2,793

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

  • Murders: 8
  • Rapes: 16
  • Robberies: 16
  • Assaults: 286
  • Burglaries: 805
  • Thefts: 1168
  • Auto thefts: 165
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Health of residents in Rapides 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 3.3. This is worse than average.
67.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
45.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
55.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
66.7% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 201 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 164 pounds. This is about average.
52.8% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 315 buildings, average cost: $97,900
  • 1998: 395 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 1999: 419 buildings, average cost: $109,000
  • 2000: 376 buildings, average cost: $112,200
  • 2001: 358 buildings, average cost: $123,200
  • 2002: 432 buildings, average cost: $112,200
  • 2003: 536 buildings, average cost: $114,500
  • 2004: 645 buildings, average cost: $119,000
  • 2005: 622 buildings, average cost: $117,000
  • 2006: 882 buildings, average cost: $131,600
  • 2007: 518 buildings, average cost: $112,400
  • 2008: 348 buildings, average cost: $128,000
  • 2009: 298 buildings, average cost: $148,500
  • 2010: 303 buildings, average cost: $161,300
  • 2011: 254 buildings, average cost: $162,800
  • 2012: 304 buildings, average cost: $163,600
  • 2013: 297 buildings, average cost: $182,100
  • 2014: 270 buildings, average cost: $177,200
  • 2015: 192 buildings, average cost: $173,300
  • 2016: 284 buildings, average cost: $213,100
  • 2017: 236 buildings, average cost: $219,000
  • 2018: 244 buildings, average cost: $227,200
  • 2019: 254 buildings, average cost: $242,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Rapides, LA residents
Average permit cost in Rapides, LA
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2018: $855 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2018: $504 (0.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Rapides, LA in 2018
Distribution of house value in Rapides, LA in 2018
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Rapides, LA in 2018
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2018: 19.3%
Rapides Parish:

19.3%
Louisiana:

18.6%
(9.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.1% for Black residents, 23.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.1% for American Indian residents, 35.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 27.2% for other race residents, 28.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2018: 37.5 years old
(Males: 35.9 years old, Females: 39.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.7 years old, Black residents: 33.9 years old, American Indian residents: 54.7 years old, Asian residents: 38.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30.0 years old, Other race residents: 39.5 years old)

Area name: Alexandria, LA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Rapides Parish is $405 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $482 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $627 a month.

Cities in this county include: Alexandria, Pineville, Ball, Glenmora, Lecompte, Boyce, Woodworth, Deville, Cheneyville, Forest Hill.

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

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Neighboring counties: Brazos County, Texas , Coleman County, Texas , Houston County, Texas , McCulloch County, Texas , Runnels County, Texas , Schleicher County, Texas .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.9%
Louisiana:

8.1%

Unemployment by year in Rapides, LA
County total employment by year in Rapides, LA
County average yearly wages by year in Rapides, LA

Current college students: 4,620
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 20.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,228 (54.7% naturalized citizens)

Rapides Parish:

1.7%
Whole state:

4.2%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,1532010 or later
  • 8622000 to 2009
  • 6721990 to 1999
  • 4541980 to 1989
  • 2811970 to 1979
  • 344Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.2%

Rapides Parish marital status for males Rapides Parish marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 39,464
  • One, attached: 1,213
  • Two: 3,016
  • 3 or 4: 2,237
  • 5 to 9: 1,887
  • 10 to 19: 1,247
  • 20 to 49: 204
  • 50 or more: 758
  • Mobile homes: 8,325
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 49

Housing units in Rapides Parish with a mortgage: 15,226 (262 second mortgage, 430 home equity loan, 276 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 14,838

Here:

51.7% with mortgage
State:

52.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Rapides Parish

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant58,827172
Catholic21,16020
Mainline Protestant5,84429
Black Protestant5,56123
Other1,81311
None38,408-
Rapides 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: 19
Rapides Parish:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
This county:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Rapides Parish:

6.40 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 56
This county:

4.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Rapides Parish:

11.7%
Louisiana:

10.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Rapides Parish:

30.3%
State:

29.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

10.2%
State:

13.7%

Agriculture in Rapides Parish:

Average size of farms: 202 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $66,976
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $689.32
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 45.98%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.65%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $57,078
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 39.58%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $61,939
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.40
Corn for grain: 6597 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 776 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 18735 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 14890 harvested acres
Vegetables: 141 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 641 acres

Earthquake activity:

Rapides Parish-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Louisiana state average. It is 207% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/17/2012 at 08:12:00, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 120.6 miles away from Rapides Parish center
On 9/2/2013 at 23:51:15, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MW, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 123.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 385.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/2/2013 at 21:52:38, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 130.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/25/2013 at 07:01:19, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 114.8 miles away from Rapides Parish center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 439.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Louisiana Hurricane Delta, Incident Period: October 6, 2020 - October 10, 2020, FEMA Id: 4570, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Hurricane Laura, Incident Period: August 22, 2020 - August 27, 2020, FEMA Id: 4559, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Louisiana Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4484-LA: March 24, 2020, FEMA Id: 4484, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Louisiana Flooding, Incident Period: May 10, 2019 - July 24, 2019, FEMA Id: 4462, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Louisiana Tropical Storm Harvey, Incident Period: August 28, 2017 - September 10, 2017, FEMA Id: 4345, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • 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 and Flooding, Incident Period: May 18, 2015 to June 20, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4228: July 13, 2015, FEMA Id: 4228, Natural disaster type: Storm, 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 Gustav, Incident Period: August 27, 2008 to September 11, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3289: August 29, 2008, FEMA Id: 3289, 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
  • 16 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Rapides Parish (26) is a lot greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Hurricanes: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Tropical Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Other: 2 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2018 - Rapides

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 47,981 (84.1%)
  • Carpooled: 4,699 (8.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 627 (1.1%)
  • Subway or elevated: 39 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,032 (1.8%)
  • Bicycle: 128 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 1,158 (2.0%)
  • Worked at home: 1,309 (2.3%)
Class of Workers in 2018
Most common industries in 2018 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2018


  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2018


  • Health care and social assistance (30%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)

Most common occupations in 2018 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2018


  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2018


  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (29%)
  • Vietnam (9%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Philippines (5%)
  • Israel (3%)
  • Laos (3%)
  • Pakistan (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Rapides Parish


  • American (28%)
  • English (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • French Canadian (1%)
  • German (1%)
  • European (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

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

  • 1,373 people in nursing homes
  • 856 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 728 people in state prisons
  • 588 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 466 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 287 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 270 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 252 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 204 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 132 people in halfway houses
  • 76 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 56 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 52 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 48 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 45 people in institutions for the blind
  • 29 people in other group homes
  • 21 people in religious group quarters
  • 9 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 9 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 4 people in unknown juvenile institutions

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

  • 1,094 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 717 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 586 people in state prisons
  • 567 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 487 people in college/university student housing
  • 244 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 196 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 153 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 142 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 92 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 80 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 71 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 66 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $58,969.

4.47% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,247 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.47%
Louisiana average:

6.26%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.76% relocated from other counties in Louisiana ($24,913 average AGI)
1.70% relocated from other states ($17,334 average AGI)
Rapides Parish:

1.70%
Louisiana average:

2.30%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Grant Parish, LA  0.58% ($41,504 average AGI)
from Avoyelles Parish, LA  0.28% ($37,076)
from Natchitoches Parish, LA  0.19% ($32,044)
from East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.16% ($41,167)
from Harris County, TX  0.15% ($30,164)
from Vernon Parish, LA  0.15% ($54,169)
from Lafayette Parish, LA  0.12% ($38,719)


4.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($45,769 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.93%
Louisiana average:

6.56%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.77% relocated to other counties in Louisiana ($23,430 average AGI)
2.16% relocated to other states ($22,339 average AGI)
Rapides Parish:

2.16%
Louisiana average:

2.61%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Grant Parish, LA  0.62% ($37,159 average AGI)
to Avoyelles Parish, LA  0.28% ($35,859)
to Harris County, TX  0.20% ($47,365)
to Lafayette Parish, LA  0.20% ($44,436)
to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.19% ($46,571)
to Natchitoches Parish, LA  0.12% ($58,263)
to Vernon Parish, LA  0.11% ($46,981)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.0
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 13.9

Births per 1000 population in Rapides Parish

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 10.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Rapides Parish

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Rapides Parish
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 9.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Rapides Parish

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 22,307 (16,781 aged, 5,526 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,856 (14%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Rapides Parish, Louisiana in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,160)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,785)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,707)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,388)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,285)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,265)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,071)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (783)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (604)
  • Unspecified dementia (545)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.12
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 35,695
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 729
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 128,542

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,511
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,076
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 41
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 69

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 85.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 57.1
  • Other - 28.0

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 97.4. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 70.5
  • Other - 26.9

Household type by relationship:

Households: 130,562
  • In family households: 107,258 (15,816 male householders, 16,935 female householders)
    22,078 spouses, 38,699 children (35,178 natural, 906 adopted, 2,615 stepchildren), 4,207 grandchildren, 1,627 brothers or sisters, 1,806 parents, 1,834 other relatives, 4,256 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 19,020 (7,438 male householders (6,038 living alone)), 8,726 female householders (7,864 living alone)), 2,856 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,284

Size of family households: 13,617 2-persons, 9,397 3-persons, 5,939 4-persons, 1,854 5-persons, 1,503 6-persons, 441 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 13,902 1-person, 1,973 2-persons, 188 3-persons, 101 4-persons.

15,946 married couples with children.
11,380 single-parent households (2,705 men, 8,675 women).

95.0% of residents of Rapides speak English at home.
2.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (51% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.0% of residents speak other language at home (55% speak English very well, 39% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $930,142,000 ($7,266 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $78,534,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $347,526,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $206,262,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $11,966,000
Federal grants: $189,719,000
Federal procurement contracts: $51,672,000 ($20,129,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $122,997,000 ($20,779,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,889,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $35,714,000
Federal Government insurance: $179,613,000

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

Births: 10,219
Here:

80 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,267
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +412
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,094
Here -9 per 1000 residents
State -20 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Rapides Parish

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 29.27 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.5

Year house built in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • Year house built in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • 2,0662014 or later
  • 2,0662010 to 2013
  • 8,4432000 to 2009
  • 6,9061990 to 1999
  • 7,2161980 to 1989
  • 10,3261970 to 1979
  • 7,5521960 to 1969
  • 7,0021950 to 1959
  • 4,6721940 to 1949
  • 2,1511939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • 01 room
  • 492 rooms
  • 2163 rooms
  • 1,9614 rooms
  • 9,2945 rooms
  • 6,6006 rooms
  • 5,2657 rooms
  • 3,6648 rooms
  • 3,0159+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • 1381 room
  • 9962 rooms
  • 2,8803 rooms
  • 4,8124 rooms
  • 4,3575 rooms
  • 2,1896 rooms
  • 2,3157 rooms
  • 3368 rooms
  • 8289+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • 0no bedroom
  • 3841 bedroom
  • 3,6152 bedrooms
  • 18,2263 bedrooms
  • 6,7704 bedrooms
  • 1,0695+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
  • 138no bedroom
  • 3,5591 bedroom
  • 6,2972 bedrooms
  • 6,9843 bedrooms
  • 1,7154 bedrooms
  • 1585+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Rapides Parish, Louisiana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Rapides Parish in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Rapides Parish in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,313no vehicle
  • 7,8941 vehicle
  • 13,5362 vehicles
  • 5,6433 vehicles
  • 1,5804 vehicles
  • 985+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Rapides Parish in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Rapides Parish in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,281no vehicle
  • 9,5081 vehicle
  • 4,5352 vehicles
  • 1,3773 vehicles
  • 1504 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

88.3% of Rapides Parish residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Louisiana.

Rapides Parish:

88.3%
State average:

87.6%

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

  • This state: 104,676
  • Other state: 22,342
  • Northeast: 2,180
  • Midwest: 3,662
  • South: 12,800
  • West: 3,700
Year householders moved into unit in Rapides Parish, LA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Rapides Parish
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 60.6%Electricity
  • 34.1%Utility gas
  • 3.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.6%Wood
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 68.8%Electricity
  • 28.4%Utility gas
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.5%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,029
Here:

13.8%
Louisiana:

17.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 692
Here:

10.0%
Louisiana:

16.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 867
Here:

19.6%
Louisiana:

17.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Rapides Parish government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,735,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,631,000
    Parking Facilities: $41,000
  • Construction - Libraries: $816,000
    Water Utilities: $234,000
    Parks and Recreation: $219,000
    Police Protection: $57,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $12,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $22,083,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,367,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,200,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,005,000
    Financial Administration: $6,450,000
    Water Utilities: $3,267,000
    Libraries: $3,131,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $2,200,000
    Parks and Recreation: $276,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $28,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $129,000
    Water Utilities: $108,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,170,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,709,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $461,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $657,000
    Sale of Property: $283,000
    General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $47,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $772,000
    Correctional Institutions: $460,000
    Local Fire Protection: $229,000
    Financial Administration: $172,000
    Water Utilities: $132,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $85,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $77,000
    Libraries: $38,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,078,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,519,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $710,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $197,000
    Water Utilities: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $20,858,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,118,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $162,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,397,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $228,000

Rapides Parish government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,735,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,631,000
    Parking Facilities: $41,000
  • Construction - Libraries: $816,000
    Water Utilities: $234,000
    Parks and Recreation: $219,000
    Police Protection: $57,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $12,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $22,083,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,367,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,200,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,005,000
    Financial Administration: $6,450,000
    Water Utilities: $3,267,000
    Libraries: $3,131,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $2,200,000
    Parks and Recreation: $276,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $28,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $129,000
    Water Utilities: $108,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,170,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,709,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $461,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $657,000
    Sale of Property: $283,000
    General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $47,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $772,000
    Correctional Institutions: $460,000
    Local Fire Protection: $229,000
    Financial Administration: $172,000
    Water Utilities: $132,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $85,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $77,000
    Libraries: $38,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,078,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,519,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $710,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $197,000
    Water Utilities: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $20,858,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,118,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $162,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,397,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $228,000

Rapides Parish government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,735,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,631,000
    Parking Facilities: $41,000
  • Construction - Libraries: $816,000
    Water Utilities: $234,000
    Parks and Recreation: $219,000
    Police Protection: $57,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $12,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $22,083,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,367,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,200,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,005,000
    Financial Administration: $6,450,000
    Water Utilities: $3,267,000
    Libraries: $3,131,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $2,200,000
    Parks and Recreation: $276,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $28,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $129,000
    Water Utilities: $108,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,170,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,709,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $461,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $657,000
    Sale of Property: $283,000
    General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $47,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $772,000
    Correctional Institutions: $460,000
    Local Fire Protection: $229,000
    Financial Administration: $172,000
    Water Utilities: $132,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $85,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $77,000
    Libraries: $38,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,078,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,519,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $710,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $197,000
    Water Utilities: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $20,858,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,118,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $162,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,397,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $228,000

Rapides Parish government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,735,000
  • Charges - Other: $3,631,000
    Parking Facilities: $41,000
  • Construction - Libraries: $816,000
    Water Utilities: $234,000
    Parks and Recreation: $219,000
    Police Protection: $57,000
    Correctional Institutions: $34,000
    Financial Administration: $12,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $6,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $22,083,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,367,000
    Correctional Institutions: $13,200,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,005,000
    Financial Administration: $6,450,000
    Water Utilities: $3,267,000
    Libraries: $3,131,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $2,200,000
    Parks and Recreation: $276,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $28,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $129,000
    Water Utilities: $108,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,170,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,709,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $461,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $657,000
    Sale of Property: $283,000
    General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $47,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $772,000
    Correctional Institutions: $460,000
    Local Fire Protection: $229,000
    Financial Administration: $172,000
    Water Utilities: $132,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $85,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $77,000
    Libraries: $38,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,078,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,519,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $710,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $197,000
    Water Utilities: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $20,858,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,118,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $162,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,397,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $228,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 6,687
  • Number of aged recipients: 540
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 6,147
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,257
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 4,251
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,179
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,174
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,705
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 34 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 ORIGINATED635$146,243687$119,8521,832$132,243320$37,84423$654,826494$90,617298$43,104
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED34$121,02953$92,717140$133,84328$48,1430$019$72,00037$58,216
APPLICATIONS DENIED110$129,182223$74,350651$127,661190$21,7052$986,50056$72,857163$48,387
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN55$130,18264$126,422335$141,28718$96,6110$017$77,58818$52,833
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS22$122,68226$89,462135$141,82215$67,4000$00$017$52,353
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 25 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED72$168,09746$189,4134$74,7501$81,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED18$156,66720$221,4501$50,0001$315,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED10$164,00021$215,7143$120,6670$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$171,0005$209,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$144,0002$281,0000$00$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Rapides, LA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Rapides, LA - Value
Most common first names in Rapides Parish, LA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary85878.4 years
James82371.0 years
John75372.0 years
William63873.6 years
Robert49468.5 years
Willie43672.7 years
Charles38969.4 years
Joseph36872.2 years
George36272.7 years
Henry33473.3 years
Most common last names in Rapides Parish, LA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson63173.2 years
Smith55574.5 years
Williams55072.2 years
Jones39071.9 years
Brown25170.7 years
Davis23172.5 years
Jackson20172.0 years
White19774.3 years
Miller17274.2 years
Wilson17271.7 years
Businesses in Rapides Parish, LA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T3La Quinta1
Academy Sports + Outdoors1La-Z-Boy3
Ace Hardware3Lane Furniture3
Advance Auto Parts2Little Caesars Pizza2
Aeropostale1Lowe's2
Albertsons1Marriott1
American Eagle Outfitters1Marshalls1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Arby's2Maurices1
Ashley Furniture1Mazda1
AutoZone4McDonald's7
Avenue1Men's Wearhouse1
BMW1Motel 61
Bath & Body Works1Motherhood Maternity1
Baymont Inn1New Balance1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nike6
Best Western1Nissan1
Blockbuster2Office Depot1
Budget Car Rental2Old Navy1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Outback1
Burger King7Outback Steakhouse1
CVS3Pac Sun1
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza2
Chevrolet2Payless2
Chick-Fil-A2Penske1
Chuck E. Cheese's1PetSmart1
Church's Chicken2Pier 1 Imports1
Circle K1Pizza Hut3
Comfort Inn1Popeyes4
Comfort Suites1Quality1
Cracker Barrel1RadioShack3
Dairy Queen3Ramada1
Days Inn2Rite Aid2
Domino's Pizza2Rue212
Econo Lodge1Ryan's Grill2
Express1SONIC Drive-In6
FedEx22Sam's Club1
Finish Line1Sears3
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Sephora1
Foot Locker1Sleep Inn1
Ford1Spencer Gifts1
Forever 211Sprint Nextel1
GNC2Starbucks2
GameStop4Subway12
Goodwill4Super 82
H&R Block6Taco Bell3
Havertys Furniture1Talbots1
Hilton1Target1
Hobby Lobby1The Limited1
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Home Depot1Toys"R"Us1
Honda1True Value2
Hot Topic1U-Haul7
IHOP1UPS22
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless1
Jones New York1Victoria's Secret1
Justice1Walgreens4
KFC2Walmart3
Kmart1Wendy's3
Kroger1YMCA2

Rapides Parish on our top lists:

  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"