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Time Zone: Rapides Parish lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Alexandria is the Seat for Rapides Parish.

Rapides Parish is one of the original parishes of Louisiana and was founded in 1807.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Rapides had a population of 133,937 people. This is an increase of 6.02% since the last Census (which gave a population of 126,337 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Rapides represented 2.83% of the total population of Louisiana, making it the state's 9th most populous parish (out of 64 parishes).

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
2000126,337The Last Census

More information can be found on the Rapides Parish Census Page for Rapides Parish.


Below are some of the communities located in Rapides Parish (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Rapides Parish):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Alexandria   48,84946,3425.41% increase  
Pineville   14,89213,8297.69% increase  
Ball   3,7593,6812.12% increase  
Glenmora   1,5611,5580.19% increase  
Lecompte   1,3201,3663.37% decrease  

Websites for Rapides Parish

Official Website:   www.rppj.com/

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<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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