Richland Parish, Louisiana

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Richland Parish, Louisiana
Richland Parish Courthouse, Rayville, LA IMG 0153.JPG
Richland Parish Courthouse in Rayville
Map of Louisiana highlighting Richland Parish
Location in the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded September 29, 1868
Named for Rich fertile land
Seat Rayville
Largest town Rayville
Area
 • Total 565 sq mi (1,463 km2)
 • Land 559 sq mi (1,448 km2)
 • Water 5.5 sq mi (14 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 20,523
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Richland Parish (French: Paroisse de Richland) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,725.[1] The parish seat is Rayville.[2] The parish was founded in 1868.[3]

History[edit]

Richland Parish is home to the first parishwide public library in the State of Louisiana. The library was built in 1925 by the Lambda Kappa Club of Rayville. R.R. Rhymes donated the original building in memory of his wife, Nonnie Roark Rhymes. In 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Bibb Ingram, a granddaughter to Nonnie Rhymes, as a member of the Louisiana State Library Board.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 565 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 559 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,110
1880 8,440 65.2%
1890 10,230 21.2%
1900 11,116 8.7%
1910 15,769 41.9%
1920 20,860 32.3%
1930 26,374 26.4%
1940 28,829 9.3%
1950 26,672 −7.5%
1960 23,824 −10.7%
1970 21,774 −8.6%
1980 22,187 1.9%
1990 20,629 −7.0%
2000 20,981 1.7%
2010 20,725 −1.2%
Est. 2016 20,430 [5] −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 20,981 people, 7,490 households, and 5,482 families residing in the parish. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 8,335 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 60.96% White, 38.01% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,490 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.30 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $23,668, and the median income for a family was $29,075. Males had a median income of $28,471 versus $18,587 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,479. About 23.10% of families and 27.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.50% of those under age 18 and 20.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools in Richland Parish are operated by the Richland Parish School Board.

Communities[edit]

Map of Richland Parish, with municipal labels

Towns[edit]

Village[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 65.5% 6,287 32.9% 3,157 1.6% 153
2012 62.7% 5,846 36.3% 3,387 1.0% 96
2008 62.6% 5,751 36.1% 3,311 1.3% 119
2004 63.1% 5,471 35.6% 3,082 1.3% 112
2000 57.7% 4,895 38.7% 3,282 3.6% 308
1996 43.2% 3,765 47.6% 4,143 9.2% 802
1992 42.8% 3,808 41.6% 3,706 15.6% 1,389
1988 62.9% 5,226 34.1% 2,833 3.1% 256
1984 65.8% 5,980 32.1% 2,918 2.0% 185
1980 54.6% 4,772 42.8% 3,745 2.6% 227
1976 49.9% 3,630 48.1% 3,495 2.0% 145
1972 70.8% 4,304 22.0% 1,335 7.2% 440
1968 16.0% 1,031 15.7% 1,017 68.3% 4,415
1964 85.8% 4,498 14.2% 747
1960 35.6% 1,378 25.7% 996 38.6% 1,495
1956 29.9% 1,063 30.8% 1,094 39.4% 1,400
1952 39.7% 1,645 60.3% 2,499
1948 4.7% 119 37.9% 960 57.4% 1,456
1944 19.0% 488 81.1% 2,087
1940 11.4% 310 88.6% 2,417
1936 6.4% 165 93.5% 2,425 0.2% 4
1932 2.5% 46 97.4% 1,773 0.1% 1
1928 18.3% 242 81.7% 1,083
1924 14.6% 116 85.4% 678
1920 7.0% 50 93.0% 664
1916 1.1% 7 98.9% 650
1912 0.5% 2 89.9% 393 9.6% 42

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Richland 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. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. 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. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 32°25′N 91°46′W / 32.42°N 91.76°W / 32.42; -91.76