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Richland Parish, Louisiana
Richland Parish Courthouse, Rayville, LA IMG 0153.JPG
Richland Parish Courthouse in Rayville
Map of Louisiana highlighting Richland Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded September 29, 1868
Named for Rich fertile land
Seat Rayville
Largest city Rayville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

565 sq mi (1,462 km²)
558 sq mi (1,446 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), 1.07%
 - (2010)
 - Density

37/sq mi (14.18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Rhymes Memorial Library in Rayville is the first parishwide public library in Louisiana.

Richland Parish Detention Center near Alto, Louisiana

Richland Parish (French: Paroisse de Richland) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Rayville. As of 2010, the population was 20,725.

History[edit | edit source]

Richland Parish is home to the first parishwide public library in the State of Louisiana. The library was built in 1925. The Lambda Kappa Club of Rayville established the library. R.R. Rhymes donated the original building in memory of his wife, Nonnie Roark Rhymes. In 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Bibb Ingram, a granddaughter to Nonnie Rhymes, as a member of the Louisiana State Library Board.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The parish has a total area of 565 square miles (1,460 km2), of which, 558 square miles (1,450 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km2) of it (1.07%) is water.

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent parishes[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Census Pop.
1900 11,116
1910 15,769 41.9%
1920 20,860 32.3%
1930 26,374 26.4%
1940 28,829 9.3%
1950 26,672 −7.5%
1960 23,824 −10.7%
1970 21,774 −8.6%
1980 22,187 1.9%
1990 20,629 −7.0%
2000 20,981 1.7%
2010 20,725 −1.2%
Richland Parish Census Data[1]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,981 people, 7,490 households, and 5,482 families residing in the parish. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 8,335 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 60.96% White, 38.01% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,490 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.30 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $23,668, and the median income for a family was $29,075. Males had a median income of $28,471 versus $18,587 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,479. About 23.10% of families and 27.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.50% of those under age 18 and 20.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Map of Richland Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Former Rayville High School, operated by the Richland Parish School Board, was renovated into an apartment complex.

Holly Ridge High School in Holly Ridge in rural Richland Parish

Education[edit | edit source]

Public schools in Richland Parish are operated by the Richland Parish School Board.

Notable natives and residents[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 32°25′N 91°46′W / 32.42, -91.76

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