East Carroll Parish, Louisiana

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East Carroll Parish, Louisiana
East Carroll Parish, LA, Courthouse IMG 7409.JPG
The East Carroll Parish Courthouse in Lake Providence, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Carroll Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1877
Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Seat Lake Providence
Largest city Lake Providence
Area
 • Total 442 sq mi (1,146 km2)
 • Land 421 sq mi (1,092 km2)
 • Water 21 sq mi (54 km2), 4.75%
Population
 • (2010) 7,759
 • Density 17.55/sq mi (6.77/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

East Carroll Parish (French: Paroisse de Carroll Est) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,759.[1] The parish seat is Lake Providence.[2]

The original Carroll Parish, before it was divided into "East" and "West" segments, was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton,[3] Maryland, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and the last surviving signer of the document. Prior to 1814, all of the territory covered by the current East Carroll Parish was part of the now defunct Warren Parish.

The famous black bear hunt waged in 1907 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt began in East Carroll Parish near Lake Providence. When a particular bear managed to elude the hunters, the camp was moved to Bear Lake in Madison Parish near Tallulah. The 21-year-old Arthur Spencer of Richland Parish took a picture of Roosevelt in the heavily armed hunting party. Among the hunters was future Governor John M. Parker, the vice-presidential choice of the Bull Moose Party ticket in the 1916 presidential election.[4]

Law and government[edit]

East Carroll Parish is heavily Democratic in political configuration.

In 1988, Governor Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts carried East Carroll Parish over then Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush, himself a Massachusetts native, 1,809 votes (52.3 percent) to 1,536 (44.4 percent).[5] In the 2004 presidential race, East Carroll gave the George W. Bush - Richard B. Cheney electors 1,357 votes (40 percent) to 1,980 ballots (58 percent) for the Democrat John Kerry - John Edwards slate.[6]

In 2012, U.S. President Barack H. Obama swept the parish with 2,478 votes (61.8 percent) to Republican Mitt Romney's 1,508 (37.6 percent).[7] In 2008, Obama had handily defeated John S. McCain in East Carroll Parish, 2,267 (63.7 percent) to 1,254 (35.2 percent).[8]

Geography[edit]

The parish has a total area of 442 square miles (1,144.8 km2), of which 421 square miles (1,090.4 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54.4 km2) (4.75%) is water.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12,134
1890 12,362 1.9%
1900 11,373 −8.0%
1910 11,637 2.3%
1920 11,231 −3.5%
1930 15,815 40.8%
1940 19,023 20.3%
1950 16,302 −14.3%
1960 14,433 −11.5%
1970 12,884 −10.7%
1980 11,772 −8.6%
1990 9,709 −17.5%
2000 9,421 −3.0%
2010 7,759 −17.6%
Est. 2012 7,526 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2012 Estimate[10]

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

2000[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 9,421 people, 2,969 households, and 2,140 families residing in the parish. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 3,303 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 31.60% White, 67.29% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 1.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,969 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.00% were married couples living together, 27.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the parish the population was spread out with 30.30% under the age of 18, 11.50% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 18.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.90 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $20,723, and the median income for a family was $24,554. Males had a median income of $22,099 versus $18,672 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $9,629. About 32.60% of families and 40.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 56.80% of those under age 18 and 32.70% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.

2011 poverty data[edit]

Of 3,197 counties ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 for "estimated percent of people of all ages in poverty", East Carroll Parish was fifth. It was estimated that 44 percent of the county's residents lived in poverty.[12]

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of East Carroll Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Education[edit]

Public schools in East Carroll Parish are operated by the East Carroll Parish School Board.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 112. 
  4. ^ "East Carroll Parish Genealogy". eastcarrollparishlouisianagenealogy.blogspot.com. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "East Carroll Parish presidential election returns, November 8, 1988". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "East Carroll Parish presidential election returns, November 2, 2004". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 6, 2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "East Carroll Parish presidential election returns, November 4, 2008". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Table 1: 2011 Poverty and Median Income Estimates - Counties". Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tensas bank suspect blamed ex-girlfriend's family, wanted to leave country, August 15, 2013". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ "James E. Paxton". sixthda.com. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 32°44′N 91°14′W / 32.73°N 91.24°W / 32.73; -91.24