Lafourche Parish, LA

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Population

98,112

0.434% growth

Median Age

37.1


Median Household Income

$52,705

1.22% growth

Poverty Rate

16%


Number of Employees

42,975

0.728% decline

Median Property Value

$144,300

4.41% growth

About

In 2017, Lafourche Parish, LA had a population of 98.1k people with a median age of 37.1 and a median household income of $52,705. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lafourche Parish, LA grew from 97,688 to 98,112, a 0.434% increase and its median household income grew from $52,071 to $52,705, a 1.22% increase.

The population of Lafourche Parish, LA is 76.9% White Alone, 13% Black or African American Alone, and 4.36% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lafourche Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 97.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafourche Parish, LA are Nicholls State University (1,360 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lafourche Parish, LA is $144,300, and the homeownership rate is 75.1%. Most people in Lafourche Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafourche Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lafourche Parish, LA employs 43k people. The largest industries in Lafourche Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,215 people), Manufacturing (4,908 people), and Retail Trade (4,461 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,982), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,351), and Utilities ($61,628).

Median household income in Lafourche Parish, LA is $52,705. Males in Lafourche Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Lafourche Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,705

2017 value

± $1,689

1.22%

1 Year Growth

± 5.35%

Households in Lafourche Parish, LA have a median annual income of $52,705, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,071 in 2016, which represents a 1.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488

Average Male Salary

± $1,557

$40,269

Average Female Salary

± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,337 ± $8,658

  2. White

    $51,901 ± $1,178

  3. American Indian

    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafourche Parish, LA is from Louisiana.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 202.02

  2. Census Tract 207.03

  3. Census Tract 219.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafourche Parish, LA was Census Tract 202.02 with a value of $77,361, followed by Census Tract 207.03 and Census Tract 219.01, with respective values of $73,472 and $73,024.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lafourche 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

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafourche Parish, LA (15.3k out of 95.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 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. White

    8,869 ± 680

  2. Black

    4,673 ± 498

  3. Hispanic

    621 ± 200

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

43k

2017 Value

± 1,474

-0.728%

1 Year decline

± 4.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafourche Parish, LA declined at a rate of -0.728%, from 43.3k employees to 43k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafourche Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,522 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,500 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (4,206 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafourche Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafourche Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,522 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,500 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (4,206 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafourche Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.03 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.97 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafourche Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,000), Management Occupations ($72,629), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,522).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

43k

2017 Value

± 1,474

-0.728%

1 Year decline

± 4.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lafourche Parish, LA declined at a rate of -0.728%, from 43.3k employees to 43k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafourche Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,215 people), Manufacturing (4,908 people), and Retail Trade (4,461 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafourche Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Lafourche 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 Lafourche Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,215 people), Manufacturing (4,908 people), and Retail Trade (4,461 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafourche Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (14.9 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.75 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafourche Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,982), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,351), and Utilities ($61,628).

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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. $81.6B

  2. $69.1B

  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

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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$365B

2015 Value

$476B

Projected 2045 Value

30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B 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. $38.9B

  2. $36B

  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

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

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Health

87.8% of the population of Lafourche Parish, LA has health coverage, with 47.1% on employee plans, 17.1% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 0.75% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lafourche Parish, LA see 2185 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.38% decrease from the previous year (2334 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2234 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 806 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,185 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lafourche Parish, LA see an average of 2,185 patients per year. This represents a 6.38% decrease from the previous year (2,334 patients).

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

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,815

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

12.2%

Uninsured

47.1%

Employer Coverage

17.1%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

0.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafourche Parish, LA declined by 12.5% from 14% to 12.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafourche 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. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

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

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Diversity

Lafourche Parish, LA is home to a population of 98.1k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.16% of Lafourche Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lafourche Parish, LA is composed of 75.4k White Alone residents (76.9%), 12.8k Black or African American Alone residents (13%), 4.28k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.36%), 2.37k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.41%), 2.26k Two or More Races residents (2.3%), 789 Asian Alone residents (0.804%), 176 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.179%), and 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0214%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lafourche Parish, LA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lafourche Parish, LA was 37.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Lafourche Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lafourche Parish, LA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.1k people

3.22%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.14k people

As of 2017, 3.16% of Lafourche Parish, LA residents (3.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafourche Parish, LA was 3.22%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    31,305 ± 4,329 people

  2. Honduras

    26,985 ± 4,021 people

  3. Vietnam

    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

97.8%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.8% of Lafourche Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lafourche Parish, LA was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    75.4k ± 217

  2. Black or African American Alone

    12.8k ± 347

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.28k ± 700

In 2017, there were 5.89 times more White Alone residents (75.4k people) in Lafourche Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.8k Black or African American Alone and 4.28k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lafourche Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lafourche Parish, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lafourche Parish, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lafourche Parish, LA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,329 ± 209

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    637 ± 188

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    533 ± 152

Lafourche Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lafourche Parish, LA awarded 1,360 degrees. The student population of Lafourche Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 2,165 male students and 4,090 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafourche Parish, LA are White (985 and 75.4%), followed by Black or African American (210 and 16.1%), Two or More Races (31 and 2.37%), and Hispanic or Latino (25 and 1.91%).

The largest universities in Lafourche Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are Nicholls State University (1,360 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lafourche Parish, LA are Petroleum Technology (191 and 14%), General Business Administration & Management (147 and 10.8%), and Registered Nursing (127 and 9.34%).

The median tuition costs in Lafourche Parish, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,922 and $15,853 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 121 degrees awarded

  2. 107 degrees awarded

  3. 97 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lafourche Parish, LA was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 121 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lafourche Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,360 degrees awarded

$4,922

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lafourche Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Nicholls State University with 1,360 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

488

Degrees Awarded to Men

872

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 488 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lafourche Parish, LA, which is 0.56 times less than the 872 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    985 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    210 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    31 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lafourche Parish, LA were to White students. These 985 degrees mean that there were 4.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 210 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafourche Parish, LA was $144,300 in 2017, which is 0.663 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $138,200 to $144,300, a 4.41% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafourche Parish, LA is 75.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lafourche Parish, LA have an average commute time of 27.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lafourche Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,705

Median Household Income

± $1,689

36.2k

Number of Households

± 1,276

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.2k households in Lafourche Parish, LA grew to $52,705 from the previous year's value of $52,071.

The following chart displays the households in Lafourche 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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Housing

Property Value

$144,300

2017 Median

± $5,449

$138,200

2016 Median

± $6,320

In 2017, the median property value in Lafourche Parish, LA grew to to $144,300 from the previous year's value of $138,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lafourche 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 Lafourche Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

None

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lafourche Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafourche Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

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Rent vs Own

75.1%

2017 Homeownership

75.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.1% of the housing units in Lafourche Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lafourche Parish, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lafourche Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafourche Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

27.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafourche Parish, LA have a longer commute time (27.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.21% of the workforce in Lafourche Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Other

    4.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lafourche Parish, LA was Drove Alone (80.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.4%) and those who Other (4.93%).

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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