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Rapides Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, Rapides Parish, Louisiana has a population of 126,337 people. Of those, 84,024 (67%) are White, 38,445 (30%) are Black, and 1,739 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,448 (or 1% of the 126,337 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Rapides Parish a population of 124,889 with a demographic that is 67% White, 30% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 126,337 1,448 124,889
White 84,024 397 83,627
Black 38,445 1,041 37,404
Latino 1,739 11 1,728


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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