Washington Parish, LA

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Population

46,449

0.177% growth

Median Age

39.9


Median Household Income

$32,962

6.28% growth

Poverty Rate

26.3%


Number of Employees

16,259

2.42% growth

Median Property Value

$84,600

3.05% growth

About

In 2017, Washington Parish, LA had a population of 46.4k people with a median age of 39.9 and a median household income of $32,962. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Washington Parish, LA grew from 46,367 to 46,449, a 0.177% increase and its median household income grew from $31,013 to $32,962, a 6.28% increase.

The population of Washington Parish, LA is 65.8% White Alone, 30.1% Black or African American Alone, and 2.09% Hispanic or Latino. 4.85% of the people in Washington Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington Parish, LA are Northshore Technical Community College (1,664 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Washington Parish, LA is $84,600, and the homeownership rate is 71.5%. Most people in Washington Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Washington Parish, LA employs 16.3k people. The largest industries in Washington Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,440 people), Retail Trade (1,928 people), and Educational Services (1,609 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,901), Transportation & Warehousing ($53,801), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,063).

Median household income in Washington Parish, LA is $32,962. Males in Washington 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 Washington Parish, LA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,962

2017 value

± $3,070

6.28%

1 Year Growth

± 9.66%

Households in Washington Parish, LA have a median annual income of $32,962, 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 $31,013 in 2016, which represents a 6.28% 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 Washington Parish, LA 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 9502

  2. Census Tract 9506

  3. Census Tract 9505

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington Parish, LA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $42,143, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9505, with respective values of $40,821 and $34,842.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Washington 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

26.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington Parish, LA (11.7k out of 44.5k 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 Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    6,458 ± 560

  2. Black

    4,842 ± 502

  3. Two Or More

    338 ± 226

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Washington Parish, LA is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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

16.3k

2017 Value

± 998

2.42%

1 Year growth

± 8.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.42%, from 15.9k employees to 16.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,258 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,639 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,604 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,258 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,639 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,604 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.19 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.48 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.98 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,924), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($52,424), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($51,136).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.3k

2017 Value

± 998

2.42%

1 Year growth

± 8.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Washington Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.42%, from 15.9k employees to 16.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,440 people), Retail Trade (1,928 people), and Educational Services (1,609 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Washington 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 Washington Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,440 people), Retail Trade (1,928 people), and Educational Services (1,609 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (6.43 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.62 times), and Utilities (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,901), Transportation & Warehousing ($53,801), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,063).

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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

84.6% of the population of Washington Parish, LA has health coverage, with 30.3% on employee plans, 30.8% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 9.65% on non-group plans, and 2.3% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Washington Parish, LA see 2108 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.36% decrease from the previous year (2204 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3562 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1007 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

2108 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Washington Parish, LA see an average of 2108 patients per year. This represents a 4.36% decrease from the previous year (2204 patients).

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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

15.4%

Uninsured

30.3%

Employer Coverage

30.8%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

9.65%

Non-Group

2.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington Parish, LA declined by 4.52% from 16.1% to 15.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Washington 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%.

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Diversity

Washington Parish, LA is home to a population of 46.4k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.82% of Washington Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Washington Parish, LA is composed of 30.5k White Alone residents (65.8%), 14k Black or African American Alone residents (30.1%), 969 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.09%), 711 Two or More Races residents (1.53%), 119 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.256%), 106 Asian Alone residents (0.228%), 22 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0474%), and 6 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0129%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Washington Parish, LA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,111 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (369 speakers), and Portuguese or Portuguese Creole (281 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Washington Parish, LA was 39.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Washington Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Washington Parish, LA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.82% of Washington 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 Washington Parish, LA was 1.57%, 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 Washington Parish, LA was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Washington Parish, LA residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Washington Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Washington Parish, LA was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    30.5k ± 21

  2. Black or African American Alone

    14k ± 317

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    969 ± 307

In 2017, there were 2.19 times more White Alone residents (30.5k people) in Washington Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14k Black or African American Alone and 969 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 Washington Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,111 speakers (2.55%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    369 speakers (0.846%)

  3. Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

    281 speakers (0.645%)

4.85% of Washington 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 Washington Parish, LA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.55% of the overall population of Washington Parish, LA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.846% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.645% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,386 ± 209

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    608 ± 179

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    563 ± 169

Washington Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Washington Parish, LA awarded 1,664 degrees. The student population of Washington Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 1,831 male students and 2,008 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington Parish, LA are White (927 and 55.7%), followed by Black or African American (565 and 34%), Unknown (93 and 5.59%), and Hispanic or Latino (39 and 2.34%).

The largest universities in Washington Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are Northshore Technical Community College (1,664 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Washington Parish, LA are Welding Technology (406 and 24.4%), Health Aide (218 and 13.1%), and Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (131 and 7.87%).

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

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 323 degrees awarded

  2. 203 degrees awarded

  3. 74 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Washington Parish, LA was Welding Technology with 323 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,664 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Washington Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northshore Technical Community College with 1,664 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

999

Degrees Awarded to Men

665

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 999 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington Parish, LA, which is 1.5 times more than the 665 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

    927 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    565 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    93 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Washington Parish, LA were to White students. These 927 degrees mean that there were 1.64 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 565 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington Parish, LA was $84,600 in 2017, which is 0.389 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $82,100 to $84,600, a 3.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington Parish, LA is 71.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington Parish, LA have an average commute time of 32.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Washington 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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$32,962

Median Household Income

± $3,070

17.5k

Number of Households

± 962

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.5k households in Washington Parish, LA grew to $32,962 from the previous year's value of $31,013.

The following chart displays the households in Washington 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$84,600

2017 Median

± $3,846

$82,100

2016 Median

± $6,190

In 2017, the median property value in Washington Parish, LA grew to to $84,600 from the previous year's value of $82,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

71.5%

2017 Homeownership

71%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.5% of the housing units in Washington Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71%.

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

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Commute Time

32.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington Parish, LA have a longer commute time (32.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 9.53% of the workforce in Washington Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.1%

  2. Carpooled

    12.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.6%

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

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