# Rapides Parish, Louisiana

**Rapides Parish** is a

parish located in the

U.S. State of

Louisiana. As of

2000, the population is 126,337.

\nThe parish has a total area of 3,527 km^{2} (1,362

mi^{2}). 3,425 km

^{2} (1,323 mi

^{2}) of it is land and 102 km

^{2} (39 mi

^{2}) of it is water. The total area is 2.89% water.

## Demographics

\nAs of the census^{2} of

2000, there are 126,337 people, 47,120 households, and 33,125 families residing in the parish. The

population density is 37/km

^{2} (96/mi

^{2}). There are 52,038 housing units at an average density of 15/km

^{2} (39/mi

^{2}). The racial makeup of the parish is 66.51%

White, 30.43%

Black or

African American, 0.74%

Native American, 0.86%

Asian, 0.04%

Pacific Islander, 0.42% from

other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population are

Hispanic or

Latino of any race.
There are 47,120 households out of which 34.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% are married couples living together, 16.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% are non-families. 26.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.09.
In the parish the population is spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.00 males.
The median income for a household in the parish is $29,856, and the median income for a family is $36,671. Males have a median income of $29,775 versus $20,483 for females. The per capita income for the parish is $16,088. 20.50% of the population and 16.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 26.30% are under the age of 18 and 16.30% are 65 or older.

## Cities and towns

\n*Alexandria\n*

Ball\n*

Boyce\n*

Cheneyville\n*

Deville\n*

Forest Hill\n*

Glenmora\n*

Lecompte\n*

McNary\n*

Pineville\n*

Woodworth