Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

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Morehouse Parish, Louisiana
Morehouse Parish Courthouse, Bastrop, LA IMG 2803.JPG
The Morehouse Parish Courthouse (built 1914) is located in the center of downtown Bastrop.
Map of Louisiana highlighting Morehouse Parish
Location in the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1844
Named for Abraham Morehouse
Seat Bastrop
Largest city Bastrop
Area
 • Total 806 sq mi (2,088 km2)
 • Land 795 sq mi (2,059 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 26,395
 • Density 35/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Morehouse Parish, LA, sign IMG 2836.JPG
The Morehouse Parish Assessor's Office is located behind the parish courthouse in Bastrop.

Morehouse Parish (French: Paroisse de Morehouse) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,979.[1] The parish seat is Bastrop.[2] The parish was formed in 1844.[3]

Morehouse Parish comprises the Bastrop, LA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Monroe-Ruston-Bastrop, LA Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 806 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 795 square miles (2,060 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and parishes[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,913
1860 10,357 164.7%
1870 9,387 −9.4%
1880 14,206 51.3%
1890 16,786 18.2%
1900 16,634 −0.9%
1910 18,786 12.9%
1920 19,311 2.8%
1930 23,689 22.7%
1940 27,571 16.4%
1950 32,038 16.2%
1960 33,709 5.2%
1970 32,463 −3.7%
1980 34,803 7.2%
1990 31,938 −8.2%
2000 31,021 −2.9%
2010 27,979 −9.8%
Est. 2016 26,071 [5] −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 27,979 people residing in the parish. 51.3% were White, 46.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% of some other race and 1.0% of two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 31,021 people, 11,382 households, and 8,320 families residing in the parish. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 12,711 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 55.76% White, 43.36% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,382 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.10% were married couples living together, 19.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.10 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $25,124, and the median income for a family was $31,358. Males had a median income of $31,385 versus $18,474 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,197. About 21.30% of families and 26.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.90% of those under age 18 and 23.80% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 54.9% 6,502 43.5% 5,155 1.6% 195
2012 52.3% 6,591 46.7% 5,888 1.1% 135
2008 55.0% 7,258 43.9% 5,792 1.1% 150
2004 57.6% 7,471 41.1% 5,336 1.3% 164
2000 53.9% 6,641 42.9% 5,289 3.2% 391
1996 41.6% 5,193 49.3% 6,160 9.1% 1,140
1992 39.8% 5,364 44.7% 6,013 15.5% 2,086
1988 60.4% 7,335 37.0% 4,496 2.6% 309
1984 62.7% 8,585 35.3% 4,829 2.0% 271
1980 58.5% 7,254 39.2% 4,856 2.3% 287
1976 55.9% 5,418 41.5% 4,017 2.7% 257
1972 66.9% 5,770 27.3% 2,355 5.7% 495
1968 19.8% 1,772 20.1% 1,793 60.1% 5,377
1964 87.5% 6,222 12.5% 891
1960 53.4% 2,551 22.7% 1,085 23.9% 1,144
1956 35.7% 1,850 29.2% 1,512 35.1% 1,820
1952 46.1% 2,567 53.9% 3,006
1948 8.6% 242 41.8% 1,177 49.6% 1,395
1944 20.5% 478 79.6% 1,859
1940 8.4% 222 91.6% 2,417
1936 6.4% 172 93.5% 2,514 0.1% 2
1932 4.0% 83 96.0% 2,014
1928 28.8% 340 71.2% 840
1924 19.5% 141 80.5% 582
1920 5.8% 38 94.2% 622
1916 0.5% 3 99.3% 564 0.2% 1
1912 1.7% 8 89.2% 411 9.1% 42

In 1975, Edwards Barham, a farmer and businessman from Oak Ridge in Morehouse Parish, became the first Republican elected to the Louisiana State Senate since the era of Reconstruction. Barham won his seat by twenty-nine votes. He was unseated after a single term in office in 1979 by the Democrat David 'Bo' Ginn of Bastrop.

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Morehouse Parish cast 6,591 votes (52.3 percent) for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. U.S. President Barack Obama trailed with 5,888 ballots (46.7 percent).[12] These results nearly identically parallel the racial complexion of Morehouse Parish. In 2008, Republican John McCain prevailed in Morehouse Parish with 7,258 votes (55 percent) to Barack Obama's 5,792 ballots (43.9 percent).[13]

Education[edit]

Morehouse Parish School Board operates local public schools.

National Guard[edit]

1023rd Engineer Company (Vertical) of the 528th Engineer Battalion of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Communities[edit]

Map of Morehouse Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Morehouse Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 6, 2012". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 4, 2008". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 

Coordinates: 32°49′N 91°48′W / 32.82°N 91.80°W / 32.82; -91.80