Ascension Parish, LA

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2019 Population
123,114
1.6% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
35.7
0.847% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
10.6%
8.7% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$80,527
5.14% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$207,400
8.42% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
59,423
1.04% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Ascension Parish, LA had a population of 123k people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of $80,527. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Ascension Parish, LA grew from 121,176 to 123,114, a 1.6% increase and its median household income grew from $76,589 to $80,527, a 5.14% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ascension Parish, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.7%), White (Hispanic) (3.74%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.88%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.6%). 0% of the households in Ascension Parish, LA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.9% of the residents in Ascension Parish, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ascension Parish, LA are River Parishes Community College (1,291 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Ascension Parish, LA was $207,400, and the homeownership rate was 81.5%. Most people in Ascension Parish, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Ascension Parish, LA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Ascension Parish, LA is home to a population of 123k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.15% of Ascension Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.88k people).

In 2019, there were 3.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (84.2k people) in Ascension Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ascension Parish, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    84.2k ± 171
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    26.8k ± 916
  3. White (Hispanic)
    4.6k ± 742
5.6%
Hispanic Population
6.9k people

In 2019, there were 3.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (84.2k people) in Ascension Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.6% of the people in Ascension Parish, LA are hispanic (6.9k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.15%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
3.88k people
2.94%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.56k people

As of 2019, 3.15% of Ascension Parish, LA residents (3.88k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ascension Parish, LA was 2.94%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Ascension Parish, LA was 35.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Ascension Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Ascension Parish, LA residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    29,800 ± 4,225 people
  2. Mexico
    29,243 ± 4,185 people
  3. Vietnam
    19,860 ± 3,453 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 29,800 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 29,243 and Vietnam with 19,860.

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Citizenship

97.9%
2019 Citizenship
98.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.9% of Ascension Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Ascension Parish, LA was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,307 ± 259
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,190 ± 318
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,113 ± 259

Ascension Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Louisiana, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Louisiana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Ascension Parish, LA is $80,527. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Ascension Parish, LA was Census Tract 302.03 with a value of $113,839, followed by Census Tract 302.05 and Census Tract 303, with respective values of $107,907 and $103,424.

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.53 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,832. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Ascension Parish, LA employs 59.4k people. The largest industries in Ascension Parish, LA are Manufacturing (9,180 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,988 people), and Retail Trade (6,655 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,422), Utilities ($90,268), and Manufacturing ($82,413).

Wages

Median Household Income

$80,527
2019 value
± $3,017
5.14%
1 Year Growth
± 5.41%

Households in Ascension Parish, LA have a median annual income of $80,527, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $76,589 in 2018, which represents a 5.14% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,629
Average Male Salary in Louisiana
± $1,670
$42,832
Average Female Salary in Louisiana
± $1,091

In 2019, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.53 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Louisiana
  1. Asian
    $55,899 ± $9,117
  2. White
    $54,752 ± $1,264
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $45,815 ± $29,389

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.02 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Louisiana.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ascension Parish, LA is from Louisiana.
0.467
2019 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2018 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2019, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0759% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 302.03
  2. Census Tract 302.05
  3. Census Tract 303

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ascension Parish, LA was Census Tract 302.03 with a value of $113,839, followed by Census Tract 302.05 and Census Tract 303, with respective values of $107,907 and $103,424.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ascension Parish, LA (13k out of 122k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    5,842 ± 710
  2. White
    5,592 ± 660
  3. Hispanic
    957 ± 347

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ascension Parish, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

59.4k
2019 Value
± 2,173
1.04%
1 Year growth
± 5.04%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Ascension Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 58.8k employees to 59.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ascension Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,536 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,578 people), and Management Occupations (5,961 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,536 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,578 people), and Management Occupations (5,961 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ascension Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.67 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.6 times), and Production Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($103,893), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($103,182), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($96,996).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.4k
2019 Value
± 2,173
1.04%
1 Year growth
± 5.04%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Ascension Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 58.8k employees to 59.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ascension Parish, LA, are Manufacturing (9,180 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,988 people), and Retail Trade (6,655 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ascension Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Ascension Parish, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ascension Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (9,180 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,988 people), and Retail Trade (6,655 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ascension Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Construction (1.57 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.54 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ascension Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,422), Utilities ($90,268), and Manufacturing ($82,413).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $105B
  2. $70.3B
  3. $67.3B

In 2018, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $105B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($70.3B) and Fuel oils ($67.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$490B
2018 Value in Louisiana
$814B
Projected 2045 Value in Louisiana
66% growth

In 2018, total outbound Louisiana trade was $490B. This is expected to increase 66% to $814B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $43.7B
  2. $34.6B
  3. $17.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.7B, followed by Mississippi with $34.6B and Florida and $17.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Ascension Parish, LA went to Donald J. Trump with 66.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (30.1%), followed by Other (3.77%). The most partisan county was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Ascension Parish, LA
66.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Louisiana
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Louisiana was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Louisiana colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Louisiana

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

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

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

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

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

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Ascension Parish, LA awarded 1,291 degrees. The student population of Ascension Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 1,567 male students and 1,665 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ascension Parish, LA are White (847 and 65.7%), followed by Black or African American (300 and 23.3%), Hispanic or Latino (58 and 4.5%), and Unknown (48 and 3.72%).

The largest universities in Ascension Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are River Parishes Community College (1,291 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ascension Parish, LA are Other Industrial Production Technology (507 and 39.3%), General Studies (351 and 27.2%), and Instrumentation Technology (165 and 12.8%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 324 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 176 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 57 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Ascension Parish, LA was General Studies with 324 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,291 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Ascension Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was River Parishes Community College with 1,291 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

800
Degrees Awarded to Men
491
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 800 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ascension Parish, LA, which is 1.63 times more than the 491 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Ascension Parish, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    847 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    300 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    58 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Ascension Parish, LA was White students. These 847 degrees mean that there were 2.82 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 300 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ascension Parish, LA was $207,400 in 2019, which is 0.862 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $191,300 to $207,400, a 8.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Ascension Parish, LA is 81.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Ascension Parish, LA have an average commute time of 28.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ascension Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$207,400
2019 Median
± $5,296
$191,300
2018 Median
± $3,806

In 2019, the median property value in Ascension Parish, LA grew to to $207,400 from the previous year's value of $191,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ascension Parish, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ascension Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$80,527
Median Household Income
± $3,017
43k
Number of Households
± 1,826

In 2019, the median household income of the 43k households in Ascension Parish, LA grew to $80,527 from the previous year's value of $76,589.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ascension Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ascension Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

81.5%
2019 Homeownership
80.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 81.5% of the housing units in Ascension Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ascension Parish, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

28.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ascension Parish, LA have a longer commute time (28.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.3% of the workforce in Ascension Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (86.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.05%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.88%)

In 2019, 86.4% of workers in Ascension Parish, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.05%) and those who worked at home (3.88%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ascension Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ascension Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

93.3% of the population of Ascension Parish, LA has health coverage, with 59.7% on employee plans, 13.7% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 9.16% on non-group plans, and 0.661% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Louisiana was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Ascension Parish, LA see 2445 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.55% decrease from the previous year (2509 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3246 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 974 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.4%). Additionally, Sabine Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (50.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,445 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ascension Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in Ascension Parish, LA see an average of 2,445 patients per year. This represents a 2.55% decrease from the previous year (2,509 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Louisiana
$4,420
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,281
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,811
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.68%
Uninsured
59.7%
Employer Coverage
13.7%
Medicaid
10.1%
Medicare
9.16%
Non-Group
0.661%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ascension Parish, LA declined by 10.7% from 7.48% to 6.68%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ascension Parish, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 25.4% prevalence
  2. 22.6% prevalence
  3. 22.1% prevalence

Claiborne Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 25.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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