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The 2000 Census showed that Vernon Parish had a population of 52,531 people. This represented 1.18% of the total population of Louisiana, making it the state's 22nd most populous parish (out of 64 parishes).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Vernon had a population of 46,616 people. This is a decrease of 11.26% 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
201052,334-0.38%+12.27% since 2009
200946,616-11.26%+3.92% since 2008
200844,857-14.61%-4.91% since 2007
200747,171-10.2%-2.67% since 2006
200648,467-7.74%-3.57% since 2005
200450,219-4.4%-1.81% since 2003
200351,143-2.64%-0.76% since 2002
200251,533-1.9%-1.34% since 2001
200152,233-0.57%-0.57% since 2000
200052,531The Last Census

Vernon Parish had 21,030 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Vernon Parish has a total area<3> of 1,341 square miles [3,474 km²]. Of this total, 1,328 square miles [3,440 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (0.98%) being water (13.1 square miles [33.92 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Vernon Parish had a population density of 39.54 people per square mile [15.27 people/km²], making it the state's 37th 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 Vernon Parish is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Vernon and the state of Louisiana.

Click here for the Vernon Parish QuickFact (QF-22115).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AllenQF-22003   SE25,63625,4400.77%
BeauregardQF-22011   S35,41932,9867.38%
NatchitochesQF-22069   N39,25539,0800.45%
RapidesQF-22079   E133,937126,3376.02%
SabineQF-22085   NW23,73323,4591.17%
Newton (TX)QF-48351   SW13,66715,072-9.32%

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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 Vernon. 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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