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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. 2012 cost of living index in Tensas Parish: 81.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (21.4%), Retail trade (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Tensas Parish, Louisiana:


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 2009: $25,833 ($19,799 in 1999)
This county:

$25833
Louisiana:

$42492

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $217 (lower quartile is $150, upper quartile is $356)
This county:

$217
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $67,756 (it was $42,500 in 2000)
Tensas Parish:

$67,756
Louisiana:

$135,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $34,613 - $102,188

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $198,907
Here:

$198,907
State:

$177,067

Mobile homes: $52,647
Here:

$52,647
State:

$34,481
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,141
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $210

Institutionalized population: 16

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


Tensas Parish, LA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $108 (0.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $111 (0.2%)


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 2009: 25.4%
(12.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 66.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 50 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 60 years old, Asian residents: 56 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

36.3%
Whole state:

19.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

14.6%
Whole state:

9.4%

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 .

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


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:

51.4% with mortgage
State:

59.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 47.19%
Here47.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,123
Total congregations: 21

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents2,360 (75.6%)303 (9.7%)134 (4.3%)91 (2.9%)235 (7.5%)
Congregations7 (33.3%)3 (14.3%)2 (9.5%)2 (9.5%)7 (33.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Tensas Parish - Newellton, St. Joseph, Waterproof

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

3.43 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Tensas Parish:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

1.29 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Tensas Parish:

5.15 / 10,000 pop.
Louisiana:

5.92 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.2%
Louisiana:

10.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

33.4%
Louisiana:

29.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Tensas Parish:

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 near Louisiana state average. It is 2.7 times above 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.

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (34%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers (3%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (14%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Material moving workers except laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (10%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)

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




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





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 2005 was $35,511.

7.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($22,033 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.03%
Louisiana average:

8.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.15% relocated from other counties in Louisiana ($15,390 average AGI)
1.89% relocated from other states ($6,642 average AGI)
Tensas Parish:

1.89%
Louisiana average:

2.22%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Orleans Parish, LA  1.66% ($17,759 average AGI)
from Concordia Parish, LA  0.86% ($20,533)
from Ouachita Parish, LA  0.57% ($25,800)


6.50% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,531 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.50%
Louisiana average:

13.45%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.80% relocated to other counties in Louisiana ($13,805 average AGI)
2.70% relocated to other states ($15,726 average AGI)
Tensas Parish:

2.70%
Louisiana average:

7.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Ouachita Parish, LA  0.69% ($8,333 average AGI)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Tensas Parish government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Tensas Parish government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Tensas Parish government finances - Debt in 2004:


Tensas Parish government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Tensas Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Tensas Parish Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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