Ouachita Parish, LA

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2022 Population
159,585
0.401% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.5
0.275% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
23.4%
3.74% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$49,261
7.04% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$172,800
10.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
68,429
1.34% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ouachita Parish, LA had a population of 160k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $49,261. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ouachita Parish, LA declined from 160,227 to 159,585, a −0.401% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,021 to $49,261, a 7.04% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ouachita Parish, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.12%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.999%).

None of the households in Ouachita Parish, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99% of the residents in Ouachita Parish, LA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ouachita Parish, LA are University of Louisiana at Monroe (1,774 degrees awarded in 2022), Louisiana Delta Community College (1,502 degrees), and Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe (200 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Ouachita Parish, LA was $172,800, and the homeownership rate was 59.5%.

Most people in Ouachita Parish, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Ouachita Parish, LA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ouachita Parish, LA is home to a population of 160k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.91% of Ouachita Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.05k people).

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (90.7k people) in Ouachita Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 59.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99%
2022 Citizenship
99.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99% of Ouachita Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ouachita Parish, LA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ouachita Parish, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    90.7k ± 678
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    59.4k ± 697
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    3.2k ± 881
2.32%
Hispanic Population
3.71k people

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (90.7k people) in Ouachita Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 59.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.32% of the people in Ouachita Parish, LA are hispanic (3.71k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Honduras
    36,279 ± 4,658 people
  2. Mexico
    23,092 ± 3,722 people
  3. Vietnam
    18,064 ± 3,293 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Honduras, the natal country of 36,279 Louisiana residents, followed by Mexico with 23,092 and Vietnam with 18,064.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.91%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.05k people
1.81%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.9k people

As of 2022, 1.91% of Ouachita Parish, LA residents (3.05k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ouachita Parish, LA was 1.81%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,698 ± 352
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,963 ± 452
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,231 ± 367

Ouachita Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ouachita Parish, LA employs 68.4k people. The largest industries in Ouachita Parish, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,146 people), Retail Trade (8,536 people), and Educational Services (7,328 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($66,682), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,173), and Information ($57,815).

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.52 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,789. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

68.4k
2022 Value
± 2,421
1.34%
1 Year growth
± 4.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ouachita Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 67.5k employees to 68.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ouachita Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,499 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,045 people), and Management Occupations (5,952 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ouachita Parish, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

68.4k
2022 Value
± 2,421
1.34%
1 Year growth
± 4.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ouachita Parish, LA grew at a rate of 1.34%, from 67.5k employees to 68.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ouachita Parish, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,146 people), Retail Trade (8,536 people), and Educational Services (7,328 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ouachita Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Ouachita Parish, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,821
Median earning men ± $1,853
$32,897
Median earning women ± $1,715

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,125), Information ($72,708), and Manufacturing ($67,096).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($63,103), Information ($49,803), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,287).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,251
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,250
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 908
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ouachita County, LA went to Donald J. Trump with 61.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.902%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ouachita Parish, LA awarded 3,646 degrees. The student population of Ouachita Parish, LA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,452 male students and 8,549 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ouachita Parish, LA are White (2,048 and 57.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,154 and 32.5%), Hispanic or Latino (109 and 3.07%), and Two or More Races (97 and 2.74%).

The largest universities in Ouachita Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are University of Louisiana at Monroe (1,774 and 48.7%), Louisiana Delta Community College (1,502 and 41.2%), and Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe (200 and 5.49%).

The most popular majors in Ouachita Parish, LA are General Studies (418 and 11.5%), General Psychology (241 and 6.61%), and Registered Nursing (208 and 5.7%).

The median tuition cost in Ouachita Parish, LA for a public four year colleges is $5,788 for in-state students and $17,888 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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Measure

In 2022 in Ouachita Parish, LA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 70.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 33.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 13,001 (34.2% men and 65.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 13,001 students enrolled in Ouachita Parish, LA, 34.2% men and 65.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,381 records, of which 65.1% were women and 34.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 169 degrees awarded
  2. 122 degrees awarded
  3. 74 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ouachita Parish, LA was General Psychology with 169 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,774 degrees awarded
  2. 1,502 degrees awarded
  3. 200 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Louisiana at Monroe with 1,774 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,158 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ouachita Parish, LA, which is 0.465 times less than the 2,488 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,048 degrees mean that there were 1.77 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,154 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,788) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,294) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ouachita Parish, LA was $172,800 in 2022, which is 0.613 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $156,700 to $172,800, a 10.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Ouachita Parish, LA is 59.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ouachita Parish, LA have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ouachita Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ouachita Parish, LA is $49,261. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ouachita Parish, LA was Census Tract 102.02 with a value of $108,426, followed by Census Tract 103.01 and Census Tract 52.01, with respective values of $105,338 and $94,590.

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ouachita Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.69%.

Property

$172,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,090
$35,465
Median Property Taxes
±$1,555

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Rent vs Own

59.5%
Homeownership
2022
68.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59.5% of the housing units in Ouachita Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 102.02
  2. Census Tract 103.01
  3. Census Tract 52.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ouachita Parish, LA was Census Tract 102.02 with a value of $108,426, followed by Census Tract 103.01 and Census Tract 52.01, with respective values of $105,338 and $94,590.

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Household Income

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$49,261
Median Household Income
± $2,573
59.6k
Number of Households
± 2,041

In 2022, the median household income of the 59.6k households in Ouachita Parish, LA grew to $49,261 from the previous year's value of $46,021.

The following chart displays the households in Ouachita 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ouachita Parish, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.73%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.14%)

In 2022, 80.5% of workers in Ouachita Parish, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.73%) and those who worked at home (6.14%).

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Commute Time

22 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ouachita Parish, LA have a shorter commute time (22 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.09% of the workforce in Ouachita Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ouachita Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.69%.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ouachita Parish, LA (36.1k out of 154k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ouachita 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 33.4% of the children was living in poverty in Ouachita Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 1.38k in Ouachita Parish, LA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 847 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92% of the population of Ouachita Parish, LA has health coverage, with 37.9% on employee plans, 30.3% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.28% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ouachita Parish, LA see 1072 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.03% decrease from the previous year (1153 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1605 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 185 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.9% were men and 54.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,072 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ouachita Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in Ouachita Parish, LA see an average of 1,072 patients per year. This represents a 7.03% decrease from the previous year (1,153 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.4% under 18 years, 22% between 18 and 34 years, 36.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.9% were men and 54.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.96%
Uninsured
37.9%
Employer Coverage
30.3%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
1.28%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ouachita Parish, LA declined by 1.73% from 8.1% to 7.96%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 92.5 in Ouachita Parish, LA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 37% in Ouachita Parish, LA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.39% in Ouachita Parish, LA.

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