Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Population loss in Louisiana: Tensas Parish/St. Joseph

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Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  The last in a series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Tensas Parish, St. Joseph)

St. Joseph is the parish seat of Tensas Parish.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  •   9.7% - Tensas Parish
  • 23.4% - Louisiana
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.4% - Tensas Parish
  • 15.4% - Louisiana
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 34.9% - Tensas Parish
  • 18.6% - Louisiana
  • 12.3% - U.S.

The last time Tensas Parish voted for a Republican candidate for president was in 1988.  Clinton received 52.3% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace received 48.9% of the vote in 1968.

Related reading:
St. Joseph water crisis nears an end, now residents have to figure out how to pay for its solution. (The Advocate, 11/24/2017)
The town’s financial situation is what caused the problem in the first place, said David Greer, who the state brought in to administer St. Joseph and sort out its finances. 
Sales taxes are dwindling, very little property taxes are collected and only some occupational license revenues are available, he said. The water and natural gas systems have, for a long time, been the largest source of revenues for the town. Monthly utility payments were routinely diverted to pay for street repairs, law enforcement and other activities, instead of maintaining the system.

Other Louisiana population posts:
Claiborne Parish/Homer.  (10/1/2019)
East Carroll Parish/Lake Providence.  (10/1/2019)
Red River Parish/Coushatta.  (10/2/2019)

Population loss series:

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