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Rapides Parish, LA&

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Population
132,373
0.11% growth
Median Age
37.3
Median Household Income
$42,132
3.43% growth
Poverty Rate
20.1%
Number of Employees
53,655
1.97% growth
Median Property Value
$129,000
2.54% growth

Economy

The economy of Rapides Parish, LA employs 53,655 people. The economy of Rapides Parish, LA is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Utilities; and Healthcare & Social Assistance, which employ respectively 3.19; 1.99; and 1.54 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Rapides Parish, LA are Healthcare & Social Assistance (11,414), Retail trade (6,263), and Educational Services (4,579), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($50,333), Utilities ($42,500), and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($37,928).

Median household income in Rapides Parish, LA is $42,132. Males in Rapides Parish, LA have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,464. The income inequality of Rapides Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.496 which is higher than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Rapides Parish, LA. In Rapides Parish, LA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 85 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $11,033. Orleans Parish, LA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Louisiana.

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Diversity

Rapides Parish, LA is home to a population of 132,373 people, from which 98.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Rapides Parish, LA is composed of 81,460 White residents (61.5%), 42,133 Black residents (31.8%), 3,860 Hispanic residents (2.92%), 2,058 Two+ residents (1.55%), and 2,017 Asian residents (1.52%). The most common foreign languages in Rapides Parish, LA are Spanish (2,931 speakers), French (1,391 speakers), and Arabic (744 speakers), but compared to other places, Rapides Parish, LA has a relative high number of French (1,391 speakers), Other Native North American (145 speakers), and Arabic (744 speakers).

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In 2015 universities in Rapides Parish, LA awarded 2,376 degrees. The student population of Rapides Parish, LA is skewed towards females, with 1,047 male students and 1,329 female students. Most students in Rapides Parish, LA are White (1,367 and 57.5%), followed by Black or African American (813 and 34.2%), Unknown (70 and 2.95%), and Hispanic or Latino (49 and 2.06%). The largest universities in Rapides Parish, LA by number of graduates are Central Louisiana Technical Community College (1,412 and 59.4%), Louisiana State University-Alexandria (325 and 13.7%), and Louisiana College (283 and 11.9%). The most popular majors in Rapides Parish, LA are Welding Technology (407 and 17.1%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (120 and 5.05%), and Health Aide (108 and 4.55%). 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.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rapides Parish, LA is $129,000, which is 0.63 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $125,800 to $129,000, a 2.54% increase. The homeownership rate of Rapides Parish, LA is 61.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Rapides Parish, LA have an average commute time of 22.9 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.

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