Rapides Parish, LA

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Population

132,080

0.221% decline

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$42,655

1.24% growth

Poverty Rate

19.5%


Number of Employees

53,417

0.444% decline

Median Property Value

$133,800

3.72% growth

About

In 2017, Rapides Parish, LA had a population of 132k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $42,655. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rapides Parish, LA declined from 132,373 to 132,080, a -0.221% decrease and its median household income grew from $42,132 to $42,655, a 1.24% increase.

The population of Rapides Parish, LA is 61.4% White Alone, 31.9% Black or African American Alone, and 3% Hispanic or Latino. 5.79% of the people in Rapides Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rapides Parish, LA are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (1,118 degrees awarded in 2016), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (312 degrees), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (242 degrees).

The median property value in Rapides Parish, LA is $133,800, and the homeownership rate is 61.3%. Most people in Rapides Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Rapides Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Rapides Parish, LA employs 53.4k people. The largest industries in Rapides Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,278 people), Retail Trade (6,001 people), and Educational Services (4,665 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,094), Utilities ($55,111), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($53,894).

Median household income in Rapides Parish, LA is $42,655. Males in Rapides 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 Rapides Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,655

2017 value

± $1,524

1.24%

1 Year Growth

± 4.99%

Households in Rapides Parish, LA have a median annual income of $42,655, 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 $42,132 in 2016, which represents a 1.24% 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 Rapides Parish, LA made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rapides Parish, LA 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

  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 Rapides Parish, LA 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 Rapides 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 104

  2. Census Tract 134

  3. Census Tract 123.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rapides Parish, LA was Census Tract 104 with a value of $66,346, followed by Census Tract 134 and Census Tract 123.02, with respective values of $65,125 and $61,731.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Rapides 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

19.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rapides Parish, LA (25.1k out of 128k 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 6 - 11.

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

    13,489 ± 841

  2. White

    10,239 ± 824

  3. Hispanic

    895 ± 206

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rapides 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

53.4k

2017 Value

± 1,807

-0.444%

1 Year decline

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rapides Parish, LA declined at a rate of -0.444%, from 53.7k employees to 53.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rapides Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,796 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,548 people), and Management Occupations (4,672 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rapides Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rapides Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,796 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,548 people), and Management Occupations (4,672 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rapides Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.55 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.89 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rapides Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,785), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($71,212), and Legal Occupations ($61,270).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

53.4k

2017 Value

± 1,807

-0.444%

1 Year decline

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rapides Parish, LA declined at a rate of -0.444%, from 53.7k employees to 53.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rapides Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,278 people), Retail Trade (6,001 people), and Educational Services (4,665 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rapides Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Rapides 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 Rapides Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,278 people), Retail Trade (6,001 people), and Educational Services (4,665 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rapides Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.42 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.92 times), and Public Administration (1.68 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rapides Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,094), Utilities ($55,111), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($53,894).

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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. with $69.1B and Basic chemicals and $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

87.9% of the population of Rapides Parish, LA has health coverage, with 39.5% on employee plans, 22.8% on Medicaid, 9.46% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 2.45% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Rapides Parish, LA see 1296 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.55% increase from the previous year (1183 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2006 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 239 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

1,296 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Rapides Parish, LA see an average of 1,296 patients per year. This represents a 9.55% increase from the previous year (1,183 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rapides 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

12.1%

Uninsured

39.5%

Employer Coverage

22.8%

Medicaid

9.46%

Medicare

13.7%

Non-Group

2.45%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rapides Parish, LA declined by 11.3% from 13.6% to 12.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rapides 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

Rapides Parish, LA is home to a population of 132k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.02% of Rapides Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Rapides Parish, LA is composed of 81.1k White Alone residents (61.4%), 42.1k Black or African American Alone residents (31.9%), 3.96k Hispanic or Latino residents (3%), 2.07k Asian Alone residents (1.57%), 2.01k Two or More Races residents (1.52%), 746 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.565%), 59 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0447%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0053%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rapides Parish, LA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,931 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (1,391 speakers), and Arabic (744 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rapides Parish, LA was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Rapides Parish, LA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Rapides Parish, LA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.93%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.02% of Rapides Parish, LA residents 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 Rapides Parish, LA was 2.93%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Rapides Parish, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Rapides Parish, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.3% of Rapides Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rapides Parish, LA was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    81.1k ± 9

  2. Black or African American Alone

    42.1k ± 302

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.96k ± 358

In 2017, there were 1.93 times more White Alone residents (81.1k people) in Rapides Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 42.1k Black or African American Alone and 3.96k 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 Rapides Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,931 speakers (2.38%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    1,391 speakers (1.13%)

  3. Arabic

    744 speakers (0.604%)

5.79% of Rapides Parish, LA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Rapides Parish, LA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.38% of the overall population of Rapides Parish, LA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.13% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.604% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,445 ± 387

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,763 ± 333

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,440 ± 240

Rapides Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Rapides Parish, LA awarded 2,089 degrees. The student population of Rapides Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 2,878 male students and 4,003 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rapides Parish, LA are White (1,157 and 55.6%), followed by Black or African American (717 and 34.5%), Unknown (75 and 3.6%), and Hispanic or Latino (70 and 3.36%).

The largest universities in Rapides Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (1,118 and 53.5%), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (312 and 14.9%), and Blue Cliff College-Alexandria (242 and 11.6%).

The most popular majors in Rapides Parish, LA are Welding Technology (322 and 15.4%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (231 and 11.1%), and Medical Assistant (199 and 9.53%).

The median tuition costs in Rapides Parish, LA are $13,800 for private four year colleges, and $4,984 and $4,984 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 113 degrees awarded

  2. 302 degrees awarded

  3. 120 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Rapides Parish, LA was Medical Assistant with 113 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,118 degrees awarded

  2. 312 degrees awarded

  3. 242 degrees awarded

$4,984

Median In-State Public

$13,800

Median Private

In 2016, the Rapides Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Louisiana Technical Community College with 1,118 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

873

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,216

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 873 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rapides Parish, LA, which is 0.718 times less than the 1,216 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

    1,157 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    717 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    75 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rapides Parish, LA were to White students. These 1,157 degrees mean that there were 1.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 717 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rapides Parish, LA was $133,800 in 2017, which is 0.615 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $129,000 to $133,800, a 3.72% increase. The homeownership rate in Rapides Parish, LA is 61.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rapides Parish, LA have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rapides 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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$42,655

Median Household Income

± $1,524

48k

Number of Households

± 1,596

In 2017, the median household income of the 48k households in Rapides Parish, LA grew to $42,655 from the previous year's value of $42,132.

The following chart displays the households in Rapides 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

$133,800

2017 Median

± $4,293

$129,000

2016 Median

± $4,737

In 2017, the median property value in Rapides Parish, LA grew to to $133,800 from the previous year's value of $129,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rapides 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 Rapides Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61.3%

2017 Homeownership

61.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.3% of the housing units in Rapides Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rapides 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 Rapides Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rapides Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

22 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rapides Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (22 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.37% of the workforce in Rapides Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.67%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.27%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Rapides Parish, LA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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