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Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Ascension Parish is a parish located in the U.S. State of Louisiana. As of 2000, the population is 76,627.

Geography The parish has a total area of 784 km2 (303 mi2). 755 km2 (292 mi2) of it is land and 29 km2 (11 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 3.75% water.

Demographics As of 2000, there are 76,627 people, 26,691 households, and 20,792 families residing in the parish. The population density is 101/km2 (263/mi2). There are 29,172 housing units at an average density of 39 persons/km2 (100 persons/mi2). The racial makeup of the parish is 77.39% White, 20.28% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 2.46% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 26,691 households out of which 42.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.10% are married couples living together, 13.30% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 22.10% are non-families. 18.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.85 and the average family size is 3.25.

In the parish the population is spread out with 30.10% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 7.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.50 males.

The median income for a household in the parish is $44,288, and the median income for a family is $50,626. Males have a median income of $41,109 versus $23,054 for females. The per capita income for the parish is $17,858. 12.90% of the population and 10.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.30% are under the age of 18 and 15.40% are 65 or older.

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