Ascension Parish, LA

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Population
121,176
1.72% 1-year growth
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
Median Age
35.4

Poverty Rate
11.6%

Median Household Income
$76,589
2.46% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$191,300
6.4% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
58,813
2.29% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Ascension Parish, LA had a population of 121k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $76,589. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Ascension Parish, LA grew from 119,129 to 121,176, a 1.72% increase and its median household income grew from $74,748 to $76,589, a 2.46% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ascension Parish, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.7%), White (Hispanic) (4.13%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.68%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.06%). NaNk% of the people in Ascension Parish, LA speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ascension Parish, LA are River Parishes Community College (334 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Ascension Parish, LA is $191,300, and the homeownership rate is 80.1%. Most people in Ascension Parish, LA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Ascension Parish, LA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Louisiana across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 66.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (30.1%), followed by Other (3.77%). The most partisan county was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Ascension Parish, LA is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Louisiana
66.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Louisiana
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 84.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Louisiana was LaSalle Parish, LA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Louisiana colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Ascension Parish, LA have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Ascension Parish, LA is home to a population of 121k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.94% of Ascension Parish, LA residents were born outside of the country (3.56k people).

In 2018, there were 3.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (83.4k people) in Ascension Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.01k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ascension Parish, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    83.4k ± 240
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    26.3k ± 833
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.01k ± 494
5.45%
Hispanic Population
6.6k people

In 2018, there were 3.17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (83.4k people) in Ascension Parish, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.01k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.45% of the people in Ascension Parish, LA are hispanic (6.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Ascension Parish, LA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.94%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.56k people
2.96%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
3.53k people

As of 2018, 2.94% of Ascension Parish, LA residents (3.56k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ascension Parish, LA was 2.96%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
39
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Ascension Parish, LA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Ascension Parish, LA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Ascension Parish, LA residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    31,305 ± 4,329 people
  2. Honduras
    26,985 ± 4,021 people
  3. Vietnam
    19,764 ± 3,444 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Louisiana was Mexico, the natal country of 31,305 Louisiana residents, followed by Honduras with 26,985 and Vietnam with 19,764.

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Citizenship

98.1%
2018 Citizenship
97.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.1% of Ascension Parish, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Ascension Parish, LA was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,522 ± 282
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,280 ± 279
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,014 ± 267

Ascension Parish, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Ascension Parish, LA is $76,589. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ascension Parish, LA was Census Tract 302.03 with a value of $110,645, followed by Census Tract 302.05 and Census Tract 303, with respective values of $104,177 and $97,347.

Males in Louisiana have an average income that is 1.55 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,269. The income inequality in Louisiana (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Ascension Parish, LA employs 58.8k people. The largest industries in Ascension Parish, LA are Manufacturing (8,325 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,170 people), and Retail Trade (6,970 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,625), Utilities ($88,462), and Manufacturing ($83,555).

Wages

Median Household Income

$76,589
2018 value
± $3,279
2.46%
1 Year Growth
± 5.24%

Households in Ascension Parish, LA have a median annual income of $76,589, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $74,748 in 2017, which represents a 2.46% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,488
Average Male Salary in Louisiana
± $1,557
$40,269
Average Female Salary in Louisiana
± $1,025

In 2017, full-time male employees in Louisiana made 1.55 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Louisiana by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Louisiana
  1. Asian
    $54,337 ± $8,658
  2. White
    $51,901 ± $1,178
  3. American Indian
    $39,423 ± $9,186

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Louisiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.05 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Louisiana.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ascension Parish, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2017 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.465
2016 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2017, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 302.03
  2. Census Tract 302.05
  3. Census Tract 303

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ascension Parish, LA was Census Tract 302.03 with a value of $110,645, followed by Census Tract 302.05 and Census Tract 303, with respective values of $104,177 and $97,347.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ascension Parish, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ascension Parish, LA (14k out of 120k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    6,740 ± 697
  2. White
    6,132 ± 690
  3. Hispanic
    837 ± 272

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ascension Parish, LA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

58.8k
2018 Value
± 2,083
2.29%
1 Year growth
± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Ascension Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 57.5k employees to 58.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ascension Parish, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,799 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,541 people), and Management Occupations (5,796 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,799 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,541 people), and Management Occupations (5,796 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ascension Parish, LA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.82 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.56 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ascension Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($102,475), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($95,650), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($91,375).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

58.8k
2018 Value
± 2,083
2.29%
1 Year growth
± 4.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Ascension Parish, LA grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 57.5k employees to 58.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ascension Parish, LA, are Manufacturing (8,325 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,170 people), and Retail Trade (6,970 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ascension Parish, LA, though some of these residents may live in Ascension Parish, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Ascension Parish, LA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,325 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,170 people), and Retail Trade (6,970 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ascension Parish, LA has an unusually high number of Construction (1.67 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.41 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ascension Parish, LA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,625), Utilities ($88,462), and Manufacturing ($83,555).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $81.6B
  2. $69.1B
  3. $38B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $81.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($69.1B) and Basic chemicals ($38B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Louisiana products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$365B
2015 Value in Louisiana
$476B
Projected 2045 Value in Louisiana
30.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Louisiana trade was $365B. This is expected to increase 30.3% to $476B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Louisiana trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Louisiana to other states, or from other states to Louisiana.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $38.9B
  2. $36B
  3. $14.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Louisiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $38.9B, followed by Mississippi with $36B and Florida and $14.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Louisiana shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Ascension Parish, LA awarded 334 degrees. The student population of Ascension Parish, LA is skewed towards women, with 994 male students and 1,348 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ascension Parish, LA are White (231 and 69.2%), followed by Black or African American (89 and 26.6%), Hispanic or Latino (7 and 2.1%), and Two or More Races (5 and 1.5%).

The largest universities in Ascension Parish, LA by number of degrees awarded are River Parishes Community College (334 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Ascension Parish, LA are General Studies (121 and 36.2%), Other Industrial Production Technology (92 and 27.5%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (32 and 9.58%).

The median tuition costs in Ascension Parish, LA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 78 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 21 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Ascension Parish, LA was General Studies with 78 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Ascension Parish, LA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
334 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Ascension Parish, LA institution with the largest number of graduating students was River Parishes Community College with 334 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

146
Degrees Awarded to Men
188
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 146 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ascension Parish, LA, which is 0.777 times less than the 188 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Ascension Parish, LA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    231 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    89 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    7 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Ascension Parish, LA were to White students. These 231 degrees mean that there were 2.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 89 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ascension Parish, LA was $191,300 in 2018, which is 0.833 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $179,800 to $191,300, a 6.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Ascension Parish, LA is 80.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ascension Parish, LA have an average commute time of 28.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ascension Parish, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$191,300
2018 Median
± $3,806
$179,800
2017 Median
± $5,681

In 2018, the median property value in Ascension Parish, LA grew to to $191,300 from the previous year's value of $179,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ascension Parish, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ascension Parish, LA the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$76,589
Median Household Income
± $3,279
42.6k
Number of Households
± 1,691

In 2018, the median household income of the 42.6k households in Ascension Parish, LA grew to $76,589 from the previous year's value of $74,748.

The following chart displays the households in Ascension Parish, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Ascension Parish, LA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ascension Parish, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

80.1%
2018 Homeownership
80.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 80.1% of the housing units in Ascension Parish, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 80.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ascension Parish, LA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

28.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ascension Parish, LA have a longer commute time (28.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.37% of the workforce in Ascension Parish, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    86.5%
  2. Carpooled
    8.13%
  3. Worked At Home
    3.5%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Ascension Parish, LA was Drove Alone (86.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.13%) and those who Worked At Home (3.5%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ascension Parish, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ascension Parish, LA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

92.5% of the population of Ascension Parish, LA has health coverage, with 59.5% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 9.83% on Medicare, 9.25% on non-group plans, and 0.563% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Louisiana was $7,815 in 2014. This is a 4.38% increase from the previous year ($7,487).

Primary care physicians in Ascension Parish, LA see 2715 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.07% increase from the previous year (2660 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3576 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1115 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, Assumption Parish has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,715 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ascension Parish, LA

Primary care physicians in Ascension Parish, LA see an average of 2,715 patients per year. This represents a 2.07% increase from the previous year (2,660 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ascension Parish, LA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Louisiana.
$7,815
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Louisiana
$4,420
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,281
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,811
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Louisiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.38%, from $7,487 to $7,815.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.48%
Uninsured
59.5%
Employer Coverage
13.4%
Medicaid
9.83%
Medicare
9.25%
Non-Group
0.563%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ascension Parish, LA declined by 12.5% from 8.55% to 7.48%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ascension Parish, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 17.2% prevalence
  2. 17% prevalence
  3. 15.6% prevalence

Tensas Parish has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Louisiana by county over multiple years.

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