Tensas Parish, Louisiana (LA)

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County population in 2012: 4,954 (all rural); it was 6,618 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 546
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 915
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,676
Renter-occupied apartments: 711 (it was 740 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

33%

Land area: 602 sq. mi.

Water area: 38.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 8 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Tensas Parish: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (29.7%), Educational, health and social services (29.7%), Retail trade (21.6%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (13.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 13%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 74%
  • Unpaid family work: 13%
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Races in Tensas Parish, Louisiana:

  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (56.3%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (41.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Louisiana median age:  35.0 years
Males: 2,493  (62.3%)
Females: 2,759  (37.7%)
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Tensas Parish,LA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Tensas Parish:

2.0 people
Louisiana:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $27,107 ($19,799 in 1999)

This county:

$27107
Louisiana:

$44164

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $295 (lower quartile is $160, upper quartile is $368)
This county:

$295
State:

$620


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $59,494 (it was $42,500 in 2000)
Tensas:

$59,494
Louisiana:

$140,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $31,151 - $126,232

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $94,657
Here:

$94,657
State:

$185,899

Mobile homes: $55,563
Here:

$55,563
State:

$51,719
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $814
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $258

Institutionalized population: 16

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

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 13 buildings, average cost: $116,600
  • 2008: 10 buildings, average cost: $117,300
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $114,100

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $215 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $236 (0.4%)

Tensas Parish household income distribution in 2009 Tensas Parish home values distribution Tensas Parish contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 34.3%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 49.3% for Black residents, 24.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 80.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 35.5%
Tensas Parish:

35.5%
Louisiana:

19.8%
(15.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.7% for Black residents, 27.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 80.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 42 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Tensas Parish is $355 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $421 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $533 a month.

Cities in this county include: Newellton, St. Joseph, Waterproof.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Tensas Parish: Buckridge Light (A), Delta Bridge (B), Avondale Plantation (C), Belleview Plantation (D), Black Water Plantation (E), Bondurant Landing (F), Botany Bay Plantation (G), Buckridge Landing (H), Burn Landing (I), Burn Plantation (J), Duck Pond Plantation (K), Gladstone Landing (L), Goldman Lower Landing (M), Hopkins Plantation (N), Ione Plantation (O), Ashwood Landing (P), Lakewood Plantation (Q), L'Argent Landing (R), Locust Ridge Plantation (S), MAryland Plantation (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Tensas Parish include: Shackleford Church (A), Shilake Church (B), Solomon Church (C), Spring Hill Church (D), Springfield Church (E), Villa Clara Church (F), Church of Christ (G), Alphenia Church (H), Lower Tensas Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Myrtle Grove Cemetery (1), Newell Cemetery (2), Newellton Cemetery (3), Cross Keys Cemetery (4), Bland Cemetery (5), Oneonta Cemetery (6), Somerset Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Snodgrass Lake (A), Skinner Lake (B), Skeeter Lake (C), Fletchers Lake (D), Shelley Lake (E), Levi Lake (F), Lake Shallow (G), Shady Bradley Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dorthy Slough (A), Dickard Bayou (B), Harper Bayou (C), Black River (D), Big Choctaw Bayou (E), Big Bayou (F), Beck Bayou (G), Steep Bayou (H), Palmetto Slough (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Tensas Parish include: Winter Quarters State Historic Site (1), Big Lake State Wildlife Management Area (2), Lake Bruin State Park (3), Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County, Mississippi , Claiborne County, Mississippi , Catahoula Parish , Concordia Parish , Franklin Parish , Jefferson County, Mississippi , Madison Parish , Madison Parish , Warren County, Mississippi .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.8%
Louisiana:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 179
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 63.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 79 (8% naturalized citizens)

Tensas Parish:

1.2%
Whole state:

2.6%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 33
  • 1990 to 1994: 39
  • 1985 to 1989: 3
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 0

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.4%

Tensas Parish marital status for males Tensas Parish marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Tensas Parish with a mortgage: 700 (40 second mortgage, 18 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 661

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

59.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Tensas Parish

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,97912
Mainline Protestant2944
Catholic952
None2,884-
Tensas 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: 2
Tensas Parish:

3.43 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Tensas Parish:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
This county:

5.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Tensas Parish:

14.2%
Louisiana:

10.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Tensas Parish:

33.4%
State:

29.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.2%
State:

13.7%

Agriculture in Tensas Parish:

Average size of farms: 992 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $213,975
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $298.83
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.31%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $201,426
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 71.97%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $188,555
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.77%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.33
Corn for grain: 54168 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 8296 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 71456 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 19928 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 437 acres

Tornado activity:

Tensas Parish historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Louisiana state average. It is 2267950.1 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 9/5/1973, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 4 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Tensas Parish-area historical earthquake activity is above Louisiana state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 293.9 miles away from Tensas Parish center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 260.1 miles away from the county 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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 245.3 miles away from the county center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 227.4 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 229.6 miles away from Tensas Parish center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 256.4 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:


The number of natural disasters in Tensas Parish (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (81%)
  • Guatemala (8%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Malaysia (5%)

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

  • United States or American (10%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • English (6%)
  • German (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • European (1%)

Tensas Parish mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,482 (69%)
  • Carpooled: 460 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 16 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 3 (0%)
  • Walked: 75 (4%)
  • Other means: 34 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 72 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

421 people in state prisons
70 people in nursing homes
16 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,128.

5.17% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($23,353 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.17%
Louisiana average:

6.57%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.10% relocated from other counties in Louisiana ($13,588 average AGI)
2.07% relocated from other states ($9,753 average AGI)
Tensas Parish:

2.07%
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 East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.61% ($16,300 average AGI)


6.65% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,775 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.65%
Louisiana average:

6.57%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.49% relocated to other counties in Louisiana ($24,856 average AGI)
2.16% relocated to other states ($13,910 average AGI)
Tensas Parish:

2.16%
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 Concordia Parish, LA  0.96% ($20,750 average AGI)
to Ouachita Parish, LA  0.90% ($31,400)
to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA  0.66% ($15,636)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.3

Births per 1000 population in Tensas Parish

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Tensas Parish

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Tensas Parish

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,088 (937 aged, 151 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 28%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 26%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1061.220
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1159.180

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 16.33

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,236

Size of family households: 652 2-persons, 303 3-persons, 209 4-persons, 136 5-persons, 40 6-persons, 50 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 709 1-person, 67 2-persons, 4 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

759 married couples with children.
610 single-parent households (117 men, 493 women).

95.9% of residents of Tensas Parish speak English at home.
3.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (52% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 14% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $72,000,000 ($11658 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $455,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $13,490,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $15,288,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $16,277,000
Federal grants: $25,907,000
Federal procurement contracts: $150,000 ($-32,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $888,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $721,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,334,000
Federal Government insurance: $38,272,000

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

Births: 493
Here:

80 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 381
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +25
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -616
Here -101 per 1000 residents
State -20 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Tensas Parish

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.86 millions of gallons per day (30% from ground, 70% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 188
  • 1990 to 1999: 442
  • 1980 to 1989: 583
  • 1970 to 1979: 702
  • 1960 to 1969: 483
  • 1950 to 1959: 584
  • 1940 to 1949: 197
  • 1939 or earlier: 147
Rooms in houses/apartments in Tensas Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 59
  • 4 rooms: 211
  • 5 rooms: 466
  • 6 rooms: 356
  • 7 rooms: 281
  • 8 rooms: 149
  • 9+ rooms: 137
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 38
  • 3 rooms: 71
  • 4 rooms: 175
  • 5 rooms: 224
  • 6 rooms: 124
  • 7 rooms: 53
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9+ rooms: 19
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Tensas Parish, Louisiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 43
  • 2 bedrooms: 354
  • 3 bedrooms: 988
  • 4 bedrooms: 241
  • 5+ bedrooms: 39
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 128
  • 2 bedrooms: 240
  • 3 bedrooms: 320
  • 4 bedrooms: 26
  • 5+ bedrooms: 14
Cars and other vehicles available in Tensas Parish, Louisiana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 258
  • 1 vehicle: 500
  • 2 vehicles: 673
  • 3 vehicles: 201
  • 4 vehicles: 44
  • 5+ vehicles: 0
  • no vehicle: 269
  • 1 vehicle: 272
  • 2 vehicles: 183
  • 3 vehicles: 16
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

66% of Tensas Parish residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 73% lived in Louisiana.

Tensas Parish:

66.5%
State average:

59.6%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $15,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Tensas Parish
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (45.5%)
  • Electricity (37.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.8%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • Utility gas (55.7%)
  • Electricity (29.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.9%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 123
Here:

14.5%
Louisiana:

17.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 70
Here:

14.1%
Louisiana:

15.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 12
Here:

8.3%
Louisiana:

16.8%

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)

Tensas Parish government finances - Expenditure in 2004:

  • Current Operations - Corrections - Other: $9,315,000
    Police Protection: $964,000
    Regular Highways: $656,000
    Central Staff Services: $605,000
    Financial Administration: $521,000
    General - Other: $487,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $483,000
    Solid Waste Management: $310,000
    Health Services - Other: $296,000
    Fire Protection: $183,000
    Libraries: $158,000
    Water Utilities: $90,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $89,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $34,000
    Parks & Recreation: $27,000
    Welfare - Other: $10,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $48,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $257,000
    Health - Other: $129,000
    Police Protection: $80,000
    General - Other: $62,000
    Financial Administration: $16,000
    Judicial: $9,000
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $8,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,489,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $9,000

Tensas Parish government finances - Revenue in 2004:

  • Charges - All Other: $688,000
    Solid Waste Management: $103,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $605,000
    General Support: $4,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,707,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $291,000
    Interest Earnings: $41,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $108,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $5,444,000
    Health & Hospitals: $217,000
    Highways: $127,000
    General Support: $48,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,214,000
    Total General Sales: $1,417,000
    NEC: $53,000

Tensas Parish government finances - Debt in 2004:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $181,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $865,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $772,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $168,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $93,000
    Water Utilities: $13,000

Tensas Parish government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,445,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $169,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Tensas Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Tensas Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Tensas Parish, LA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8979.8 years
James8072.4 years
John7976.7 years
Willie6374.6 years
George4874.7 years
William4772.3 years
Henry4474.8 years
Annie4077.0 years
Robert4075.3 years
Jessie2275.8 years
Most common last names in Tensas Parish, LA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Brown7472.6 years
Johnson6176.3 years
Williams6076.4 years
Jackson4678.4 years
Smith4376.1 years
Jones3876.1 years
Thomas3472.7 years
Davis3374.9 years
Clark3172.0 years
Turner2777.5 years

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