St. James Parish, LA

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Population

21,485

0.445% decline

Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$52,055

1.3% growth

Poverty Rate

15.6%


Number of Employees

9,193

0.229% growth

Median Property Value

$136,400

1.41% growth

About

In 2017, St. James Parish, LA had a population of 21.5k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $52,055. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of St. James Parish, LA declined from 21,581 to 21,485, a -0.445% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,386 to $52,055, a 1.3% increase.

The population of St. James Parish, LA is 49.6% Black or African American Alone, 48% White Alone, and 1.56% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in St. James Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in St. James Parish, LA is $136,400, and the homeownership rate is 77.4%. Most people in St. James Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.7 minutes. The average car ownership in St. James Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of St. James Parish, LA employs 9.19k people. The largest industries in St. James Parish, LA are Manufacturing (1,900 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,076 people), and Retail Trade (910 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($77,596), Manufacturing ($76,012), and Wholesale Trade ($61,111).

Median household income in St. James Parish, LA is $52,055. Males in St. James 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 St. James Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,055

2017 value

± $4,958

1.3%

1 Year Growth

± 13.9%

Households in St. James Parish, LA have a median annual income of $52,055, 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 $51,386 in 2016, which represents a 1.3% 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 St. James 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.

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 403

  2. Census Tract 407

  3. Census Tract 402

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in St. James Parish, LA was Census Tract 403 with a value of $74,602, followed by Census Tract 407 and Census Tract 402, with respective values of $54,231 and $52,500.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in St. James Parish, LA (3.32k out of 21.3k 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 Females 55 - 64 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

    2,380 ± 329

  2. White

    685 ± 211

  3. Hispanic

    237 ± 142

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in St. James 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

9.19k

2017 Value

± 615

0.229%

1 Year growth

± 9.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. James Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.229%, from 9.17k employees to 9.19k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in St. James Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,365 people), Production Occupations (1,041 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (745 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of St. James Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of St. James Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,365 people), Production Occupations (1,041 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (745 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. James Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.38 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.3 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of St. James Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($91,528), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,854), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($81,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.19k

2017 Value

± 615

0.229%

1 Year growth

± 9.34%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. James Parish, LA grew at a rate of 0.229%, from 9.17k employees to 9.19k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in St. James Parish, LA, are Manufacturing (1,900 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,076 people), and Retail Trade (910 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of St. James Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in St. James 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 St. James Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,900 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,076 people), and Retail Trade (910 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. James Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.28 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.04 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.63 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in St. James Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($77,596), Manufacturing ($76,012), and Wholesale Trade ($61,111).

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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

86.7% of the population of St. James Parish, LA has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 9.71% on non-group plans, and 1.02% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in St. James Parish, LA see 3594 patients per year on average, which represents a 32.9% increase from the previous year (2705 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3593 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1796 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

3,594 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in St. James Parish, LA see an average of 3,594 patients per year. This represents a 32.9% increase from the previous year (2,705 patients).

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

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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

13.3%

Uninsured

46.8%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

12.3%

Medicare

9.71%

Non-Group

1.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in St. James Parish, LA grew by 2.78% from 13% to 13.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in St. James 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

St. James Parish, LA is home to a population of 21.5k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.647% of St. James Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (139 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of St. James Parish, LA is composed of 10.7k Black or African American Alone residents (49.6%), 10.3k White Alone residents (48%), 336 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.56%), 112 Two or More Races residents (0.521%), 51 Asian Alone residents (0.237%), 8 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0372%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in St. James Parish, LA was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in St. James Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all St. James Parish, LA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.647%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

139 people

0.63%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

136 people

As of 2017, 0.647% of St. James Parish, LA residents (139 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 St. James Parish, LA was 0.63%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of St. James Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in St. James Parish, LA was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    10.7k ± 109

  2. White Alone

    10.3k ± 82

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    336 ± 177

In 2017, there were 1.03 times more Black or African American Alone residents (10.7k people) in St. James Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.3k White Alone and 336 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 St. James 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 St. James 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 St. James Parish, LA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of St. James 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

    465 ± 129

  2. Korea

    169 ± 67

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    138 ± 66

St. James Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in St. James Parish, LA was $136,400 in 2017, which is 0.627 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $134,500 to $136,400, a 1.41% increase. The homeownership rate in St. James Parish, LA is 77.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in St. James Parish, LA have an average commute time of 26.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in St. James 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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$52,055

Median Household Income

± $4,958

7.89k

Number of Households

± 559

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.89k households in St. James Parish, LA grew to $52,055 from the previous year's value of $51,386.

The following chart displays the households in St. James 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

$136,400

2017 Median

± $11,573

$134,500

2016 Median

± $9,810

In 2017, the median property value in St. James Parish, LA grew to to $136,400 from the previous year's value of $134,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in St. James 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 St. James 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 St. James Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. James Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.4%

2017 Homeownership

77.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.4% of the housing units in St. James Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in St. James 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 St. James Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in St. James Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in St. James Parish, LA have a longer commute time (26.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.72% of the workforce in St. James Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.73%

  3. Walked

    1.88%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in St. James Parish, LA was Drove Alone (84.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.73%) and those who Walked (1.88%).

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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