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Morehouse Parish, Louisiana
Morehouse Parish Courthouse, Bastrop, LA IMG 2803.JPG
The Morehouse Parish Courthouse (built 1914) is located in the center of downtown Bastrop, Louisiana.
Map of Louisiana highlighting Morehouse Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1844
Named for Abraham Morehouse
Seat Bastrop
Largest city Bastrop
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

805 sq mi (2,085 km²)
794 sq mi (2,057 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.37%
 - (2000)
 - Density

39/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Morehouse Parish, LA, sign IMG 2836.JPG

The Morehouse Parish Assessor's Office is located behind the parish courthouse in Bastrop.

Morehouse Parish (French: Paroisse de Morehouse) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Bastrop. In 2000, the parish population was 31,021.

Morehouse Parish is part of the Bastrop Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Monroe–Bastrop Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The parish has a total area of 805 square miles (2,085 km²), of which, 794 square miles (2,057 km²) of it is land and 11 square miles (28 km²) of it (1.36%) is water.

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties and parishes[edit | edit source]

National protected areas[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 31,021 people, 11,382 households, and 8,320 families residing in the parish. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 12,711 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 55.76% White, 43.36% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Census Pop.
1900 16,634
1910 18,786 12.9%
1920 19,311 2.8%
1930 23,689 22.7%
1940 27,571 16.4%
1950 32,038 16.2%
1960 33,709 5.2%
1970 32,463 −3.7%
1980 34,803 7.2%
1990 31,938 −8.2%
2000 31,021 −2.9%
2010 27,979 −9.8%
Morehouse Parish Census Data[2]

There were 11,382 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.10% were married couples living together, 19.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.10 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $25,124, and the median income for a family was $31,358. Males had a median income of $31,385 versus $18,474 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $13,197. About 21.30% of families and 26.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.90% of those under age 18 and 23.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Map of Morehouse Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Education[edit | edit source]

Morehouse Parish School Board operates local public schools.

National Guard[edit | edit source]

1023rd Engineer Company (Vertical) of the 528th Engineer Battalion of the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in Bastrop.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 32°49′N 91°48′W / 32.82, -91.80

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