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The 2000 Census showed that Rapides Parish had a population of 126,337 people. This represented 2.83% of the total population of Louisiana, making it the state's 9th most populous parish (out of 64 parishes).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rapides had a population of 133,937 people. This is an increase of 6.02% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010131,613+4.18%-1.74% since 2009
2009133,937+6.02%+0.34% since 2008
2008133,477+5.65%+0.4% since 2007
2007132,943+5.23%+0.38% since 2006
2006132,436+4.83%+3.59% since 2005
2005127,846+1.19%+0.37% since 2004
2004127,376+0.82%+0.45% since 2003
2003126,806+0.37%+0.27% since 2002
2002126,467+0.1%+0.15% since 2001
2000126,337The Last Census

Rapides Parish had 52,038 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rapides Parish has a total area<3> of 1,361 square miles [3,527 km²]. Of this total, 1,322 square miles [3,425 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.89%) being water (39.42 square miles [102.1 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rapides Parish had a population density of 95.5 people per square mile [36.88 people/km²], making it the state's 18th most densely populated county (out of 64 parishes).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Rapides Parish is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rapides and the state of Louisiana.

Click here for the Rapides Parish QuickFact (QF-22079).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Rapides Parish:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the parishes that adjoin and form the boundaries of Rapides Parish. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AllenQF-22003   SW25,63625,4400.77%
AvoyellesQF-22009   SE42,51141,4812.48%
EvangelineQF-22039   S35,33035,434-0.29%
GrantQF-22043   N20,16418,6987.84%
La SalleQF-22059   NE13,96414,282-2.23%
NatchitochesQF-22069   NW39,25539,0800.45%
VernonQF-22115   W46,61652,531-11.26%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Rapides. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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