About Tensas Parish LA
Tensas Parish (French: Paroisse des Tensas) is a parish located in the northeastern section of the State of Louisiana; its eastern border is the Mississippi River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,252. It is the least populated parish in Louisiana. The parish seat is St. Joseph. The name Tensas is derived from the historic indigenous Taensa people. The parish was founded in 1843 following Indian Removal.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 641 square miles (1,660 km), of which 603 square miles (1,560 km) is land and 38 square miles (98 km) (6.0%) is water.
The parish seat of St. Joseph is located adjacent to the Mississippi River levee system, which protects the eastern border of the parish along the river.
The developed Lake Bruin State Park lies near St. Joseph. Lake Bruin is an oxbow lake created by the meandering of the Mississippi River; there are two other oxbow lakes in the parish.
The mostly rural parish has continued to lose population. Between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, Tensas Parish lost 173 residents, or 2.9 percent of its population. Police Jury Vice President Jane Merriett Netterville, a Democrat from St. Joseph, expressed surprise at those figures, as a number of people had moved into the parish in 2005 and 2006 as refugees from New Orleans and coastal areas after Hurricane Katrina. “Maybe the loss was the people who died. We have a large elderly population,” she told the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Netterville explained that younger people leave Tensas Parish because of the scarcity of higher-paying jobs.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,252 people residing in the county. 56.5% were Black or African American, 41.9% White, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,618 people, 2,416 households, and 1,635 families residing in the parish. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 3,359 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 55.6% Black or African American, 43.2% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 1.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,416 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.10% were married couples living together, 20.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 29.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the parish the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $19,799, and the median income for a family was $25,739. Males had a median income of $26,636 versus $16,781 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,622. About 30.00% of families and 36.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.20% of those under age 18 and 29.60% of those age 65 or over.
Tensas Parish Louisiana neighborhoods include: Abbeville, Addis, Alexandria, Ama, Anacoco, Angie, Arnaudville, Avondale, Ball, Barataria, Barksdale Afb, Basile, Bastrop, Baton Rouge, Belcher, Bell City, Belle Chasse, Belmont, Benton, Bethany, Bogalusa, Bonita, Bossier City, Bourg, Boyce, Braithwaite, Branch, Breaux Bridge, Bridge City, Broussard, Bunkie, Buras, Calhoun, Carencro, Carville, Center Point, Chauvin, Cheneyville, Choudrant, Church Point, Clifton, Colfax, Collinston, Columbia, Converse, Cottonport, Cotton Valley, Coushatta, Covington, Crowley, Darrow, Dequincy, Deville, Donaldsonville, Downsville, Doyline, Dry Prong, Dulac, Duson, Effie, Egan, Elmer, Elm Grove, Erath, Eros, Eunice, Evangeline, Evergreen, Fisher, Flatwoods, Florien, Folsom, Forest Hill, Franklinton, Frierson, Geismar, Gibson, Gilliam, Glenmora, Gonzales, Grand Isle, Gray, Greenwood, Gretna, Grosse Tete, Harahan, Harvey, Haughton, Hessmer, Hineston, Hornbeck, Hosston, Houma, Ida, Iota, Iowa, Jackson, Jennings, Jones, Keatchie, Keithville, Kenner, Lafayette, Lafitte, Lake Charles, Lecompte, Leesville, Lena, Lockport, Madisonville, Mandeville, Mansura, Many, Maringouin, Marksville, Marrero, Marthaville, Maurepas, Maurice, Mer Rouge, Metairie, Monroe, Montegut, Mooringsport, Mora, Moreauville, Morgan City, Morrow, Morse, Moss Bluff, Mount Hermon, New Iberia, New Orleans, Noble, Oakdale, Oak Grove, Oak Ridge, Oil City, Otis, Parks, Pierre Part, Pineville, Pitkin, Plain Dealing, Plaquemine, Plaucheville, Pleasant Hill, Pollock, Port Allen, Port Sulphur, Prairieville, Princeton, Provencal, Ragley, Rayne, River Ridge, Robeline, Rodessa, Rosedale, Saint Amant, Saint Francisville, Saint Gabriel, Saint Martinville, Schriever, Scott, Shreveport, Sieper, Simmesport, Slidell, Sorrento, Springhill, Starks, Sterlington, Stonewall, Sulphur, Sunset, Sunshine, Terrytown, Theriot, Thibodaux, Varnado, Venice, Ville Platte, Vinton, Vivian, Westlake, West Monroe, Westwego, White Castle, Woodworth, Youngsville, Zachary, Zwolle
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