The Full Wiki

Rapides Parish, Louisiana: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Did you know ...


More interesting facts on Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Include this on your site/blog:

Encyclopedia

Advertisements

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Map of Louisiana highlighting Rapides Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Seat Alexandria
Largest city Alexandria
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,362 sq mi (3,527 km²)
1,323 sq mi (3,425 km²)
39 sq mi (102 km²), 2.89%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126,337
96/sq mi (37/km²)
Founded 1807
Named for The local river rapids
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.rppj.com
Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Red River in Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish
Upper portion of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria, Louisiana
Rapides Parish Library at Alexandria

Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Alexandria is the parish seat. It encompasses the Alexandria, Louisiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Rapides is the French spelling of "rapids."

Contents

History

In 1763, the land that is now Rapides Parish became the new home of Apalachee, who were settled there with the permission of Governor Kerlerec. These Native Americans had come to Mobile after fleeing the British and their Creek Indian allies from what is now from Leon County, Florida. Many of their descendants remain in Natchitoches Parish.

The first French settler was Vincent Porei, who was granted a small tract of land in July 1764 by the Civil and Military Commander of Natchitoches. Nicolas Etienne Marafret Layssard arrived in December 1766 with the permission of Aubrey and Foucault to establish a "tar works" in the pineries of Rapides, for naval stores. He was later appointed the first Civil Commander of Rapides Parish. During the 1760s, it was still a dependency of Natchitoches [AGI, PPC, Legajo 187a, 384-384v.]

Rapides Parish was formed in 1807 by the government of the Territory of Orleans.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,362 square miles (3,527 km²), of which, 1,323 square miles (3,425 km²) of it is land and 39 square miles (102 km²) of it (2.89%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

Military Installations

National Guard

Demographics

Census Pop.  %±
1900 39,578
1910 44,545 12.5%
1920 59,444 33.4%
1930 65,455 10.1%
1940 73,370 12.1%
1950 90,648 23.5%
1960 111,351 22.8%
1970 118,078 6.0%
1980 135,282 14.6%
1990 131,556 −2.8%
2000 126,337 −4.0%
Est. 2006 130,201 [1] 3.1%
Rapides Parish Census Data[2]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 126,337 people, 47,120 households, and 33,125 families residing in the parish. The population density was 96 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 52,038 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 66.51% White, 30.43% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 47,120 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $29,856, and the median income for a family was $36,671. Males had a median income of $29,775 versus $20,483 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $16,088. About 16.40% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.30% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Water features

Cities and towns

Map of Rapides Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

See also

References

External links

Geology

Coordinates: 31°12′N 92°32′W / 31.20°N 92.54°W / 31.20; -92.54


Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

This article requires significantly more historical detail on the particular phases of this location's historical development. The ideal article for a place will give the reader a feel for what it was like to live at that location at the time their relatives were alive there..
Please help to improve this page yourself if you can..
Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Map
File:Map of Louisiana highlighting Rapides Parish.png
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the USA highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat Alexandria
Largest City Alexandria
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 2.89%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126337
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.rppj.com
Named for: The local river rapids

Rapides Parish (French: Paroisse des Rapides) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It encompasses one half of the Alexandria along with Grant Parish. Rapides is the French spelling of "rapids."

Contents

History

In 1763, the land that is now Rapides Parish became the new home of Apalachee who were settled their with the permission of Governor Kerlerec. These Indians had previously, came to Mobile after fleeing the British and their Creek Indian allies from what is now from Leon County, Florida. Many of their descendents remain in Natchitoches Parish.

The first French settler was Vincent Porei who was granted a small tract of land in July 1764 by the Civil and Military Commander of Natchitoches. Nicolas Etienne Marafret Layssard the first Civil Commander of Rapides, which during the 1760s was still a dependency of Natchitoches arrived in December 1766 with the permission of Aubrey & Foucault in order to establish a "tar works" in the pineries of Rapides, for naval stores. [AGI, PPC, Legajo 187a, 384-384v.]Rapides Parish was formed in 1807 by the government of the Orleans Territory.

Geography

The parish has a total area of 3,527 km² (1,362 sq mi). 3,425 km² (1,323 sq mi) of it is land and 102 km² (39 sq mi) of it (2.89%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent parishes

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 126,337 people, 47,120 households, and 33,125 families residing in the parish. The population density was 37/km² (96/sq mi). There were 52,038 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/sq mi). The racial makeup of the parish was 66.51% White, 30.43% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 47,120 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $29,856, and the median income for a family was $36,671. Males had a median income of $29,775 versus $20,483 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $16,088. About 16.40% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.30% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of Rapides Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

External links

Coordinates: 31°12′N 92°32′W / 31.20, -92.54


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Rapides Parish, Louisiana. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
Facts about Rapides Parish, LouisianaRDF feed
County names Rapides Parish, Louisiana  +
County of country United States  +
County of subdivision1 Louisiana  +
Short name Rapides Parish  +

This article uses material from the "Rapides Parish, Louisiana" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Simple English

Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Map

Location in the state of Louisiana

Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1807
Seat Alexandria
Largest City Alexandria
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,362 sq mi (3,527 km²)
1,323 sq mi (3,425 km²)
39 sq mi (102 km²), 2.89%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

126,337
96/sq mi (37/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.rppj.com
Named for: The local river rapids

Rapides Parish is a parish in the U.S. State of Louisiana.



Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message