Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

The Ouachita Parish (French: Paroisse d' Ouachita ) is a parish located in the state of Louisiana in the United States. In the census in 2010, the Parish had 153.720 inhabitants and a population density of 97.2 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( Parish Seat) is Monroe.


The Parish is located in northern Louisiana, is about 40 km away from Arkansas and has an area of ​​1639 square kilometers, of which 57 square kilometers are water surface. The Parish is drained by the Ouachita River. It is bordered by the following Parishes:


In Ouachita Parish are several of the oldest buildings in North America, Mounds from the Middle Archaic period. The localities Watson Brake south of the city of Monroe and Frenchman's Bend north, are among the most complex systems of earthworks of this era.

The Ouachita Parish was formed in 1807 as one of the 19 original Parishes. The Parish was named after the Indian tribe of the Ouachita.

From the original Ouachita Parish parts were repeatedly separated from which emerged the Pari cal Morehouse, Union, Caldwell, Franklin, Tensas and Madison as well as East and West Carroll.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000 2010

According to the census of 2000, there were 147,250 people in Ouachita Parish. Of these, 4,965 people lived in collective centers, the other inhabitants living in 55 216 households and 38 319 families. The population density was 93 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 64.48 percent White, 33.63 percent Black or African American, 0.23 percent Native American, 0.64 percent Asian, 0.03 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.33 percent from other races groups; 0.67 percent were descended from two or more races. 1.19 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, were members of the various groups mentioned.

Of the 55 216 households out of which 34.2 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 47.7 percent were married couples living together, 17.9 percent were single mothers, 30.6 percent were non-families, 25.8 percent of all households and 9.3 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size is 3.12 people.

In relation to the parish the population was spread out 27.9 percent of residents under the age of 18, 12.0 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.9 percent between 25 and 44 years, 20.3 percent between 45 and 64 years and 11.8 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the 32 047 U.S. dollars, and the median income for a family was $ 40,206. Males had a median income of $ 31,616, women $ 23,139. The per capita income was $ 17,084. 15.8 percent of families 20.7 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 29.7 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 15.8 percent of those 65 years.

Cities and Towns

  • Bawcomville
  • Bosco
  • Brownsville
  • Calhoun
  • Carlton
  • Cheniere
  • Corey
  • Dean Chapel
  • Drew
  • Fairbanks
  • Fondale
  • Forest Park
  • Forksville
  • Highland Park
  • Indian Village
  • Kiroli Woods
  • Lakeshore
  • Lamkin
  • Lapine
  • Logtown
  • Luna
  • Monroe
  • Northeast
  • Olinkraft
  • Richwood
  • Siegle
  • Spencer
  • Splane Place
  • Sterlington1
  • Swartz
  • Wall Lake
  • West Monroe

1 - partly in Union Parish