Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana has a population of 147,250 people. Of those, 94,947 (64%) are White, 49,526 (33%) are Black, and 1,747 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 763 (or 1% of the 147,250 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 Ouachita Parish a population of 146,487 with a demographic that is 65% White, 33% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 147,250 763 146,487
White 94,947 215 94,732
Black 49,526 548 48,978
Latino 1,747 5 1,742


[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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  • Feb 21, 2019:
    Volunteer Attorney Stephen Raher will be presenting his paper “The Company Store and the Literally Captive Market: Consumer Law in Prisons and Jails” at the Consumer Law Conference at Berkeley Law School. The paper will be presented and discussed at 4:00pm.

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