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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:13
Louisiana Census, Legislative Redistricting Going North
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Focus From Fax-Net: North Louisiana census statistics and Louisiana redistricting

Where do you live?
    Are you wondering how your municipality fared in the 2010 Census?  Did your town gain or lose population?  Well, the Fax-Net has the answer for you.
    We are listing all the municipalities, in order of population, in four area parishes, the 2010 Census count, the 2000 Census numbers and the percentage of increase or decrease for each over the past 10 years.


Caddo Parish
    Caddo Parish in 2010 has 254,969 residents  In 2000, it was 252,161.  Population increased 1.1%.
   Shreveport – 2010 Population: 199,311.  2000 Population: 200,145.  Decrease of 0.4%.
   Vivian – 2010: 3,671.  2000: 4,031.  -8.9%.
    Greenwood – 2010: 3,219.  2000: 2,458. +31%.
    Blanchard – 2010: 2,899. 2000: 2,050. +41.4%.
    Oil City – 2010: 1,008. 2000: 1,219.  -17.3%.
   Mooringsport – 2010: 793.  2000: 833.  -4.8%.
    Hosston – 2010: 318.  2000: 387.  -17.8%.
    Rodessa – 2010: 270.  2000: 307.  -12.1%.
    Belcher – 2010: 263.  2000: 272.  -3.3%.
   Ida – 2010: 221.  2000: 258.  -14.3%.
    Gilliam – 2010: 164.  2000: 178.  -7.9%.
Bossier Parish
    Bossier Parish in 2010 has 116,979 residents.  In 2000, it was 100,588.  Population increased 19%.
    Bossier City – 2010: 61,315.  2000: 56,461. +8.6%.
    Haughton – 2010: 3,454.  2000: 2,792. +23.7%.
   Benton – 2010: 1,948.  2000: 2,035.  -4.3%.
   Plain Dealing – 2010: 1,015. 2000: 1,071. -5.2%.
DeSoto Parish
    DeSoto Parish in 2010 has 26,656 residents.  In 2000, it was 25,494.  Population increased 4.6%.
    Mansfield – 2010: 5,001.  2000: 5,582.  -10.4%.
   Stonewall – 2010: 1,814.  2000: 1,668. +8.8%.
   Logansport – 2010: 1,555.  2000: 1,630.  -4.6%.
    South Mansfield – 2010: 346.  2000: 352.  -1.7%.
   Keatchie – 2010: 295.  2000: 323.  -8.7%.
    Grand Cane – 2010: 242.  2000: 191. +26.7%
   Longstreet – 2010: 157.  2000: 163.  -3.7%.
    Stanley – 2010: 107.  2000: 145.  -26.2%.
Webster Parish
    Webster Parish in 2010 has 42,207 residents.  In 2000, it was 41,831.  Population decreased 1.5%,
   Minden – 2010: 13,082.  2000 13,027. +0.4%.
   Springhill – 2010: 5,269.  2000: 5,439.  -3.1%.
    Sibley – 2010: 1,218.  2000: 1,098. +10.9%.
    Cullen – 2010: 1,163.  2000: 1,296.  -10.3%.
   Cotton Valley – 2010: 1,009.  2000: 1,189.  -15.1%.
    Sarepta – 2010: 891.  2000: 925.  -3.7%.
   Doyline – 2010: 818.  2000: 841.  -2.7%.
   Dubberly – 2010: 273.  2000: 290.  -5.9%.
   Dixie Inn – 2010: 273.  2000: 352.  -22.4%.
    Heflin – 2010: 244.  2000: 245.  -0.4%.
    As you will note, very few municipalities gained in population in these parishes.  Caddo had only two with gains – Blanchard (+41.4%) and Greenwood (+31%).
    Bossier Parish had two – Haughton (+23.7%) and Bossier City (+8.6%).  Likewise, DeSoto had two municipalities with gains – Grand Cane (+26.7%) and Stonewall (+8.8%).
    The same holds true for Webster Parish.  Those with gains included Sibley (+10.9%) and Minden (+0.4%).
   Note: I would like to thank my friend Tom Arceneaux, attorney and former city councilman, for his help in providing information for this report.


Redistricting the state House
    The Louisiana Legislature will meet in a Special Session from March 20 to April 13 to redistrict the state’s 105 House of Representatives districts, based upon the 2010 Census figures.
    The population ideal for a state House district is 43,174.  No district can be more than 5% over or under that population number.  In other words, the district must have between 41,015 and 45,334 residents.
    An early glance at the new population figures shows that 66 out of 105 House districts do not meet the legal standards nor fall within the 5% deviation. It appears that the Baton Rouge area, where current districts far exceed the ideal population, will gain more seats.
Likewise, population decline in Orleans, St. Bernard, and some other parishes will result in fewer seats for those areas.
    How do northwest Louisiana’s 10 House districts  fit into the picture?  Let’s take a look at the 2010  Census numbers and see which districts are within the ideal and which are over or below the 5% deviation.
    District 1 – Represented by Republican Jim Morris.  The total population of the district is 44,892. (2,433 of the district’s residents live in Bossier; the rest in Caddo).  Racial make-up:  White 74%, Black 24%, Other Races 2%.  District 1 is within the 5% deviation.
    District 2 – Represented by Democrat Roy Burrell.  Total population: 35,099. (3,960 live in Bossier; the rest in Caddo).  Racial make-up: White 22%, Black 74%, Other Races 4%.  District 2 is below the 5% deviation, meaning it will have to have at least 5,916 people added to it.
    District 3 – Represented by Democrat Barbara Norton.  Total population: 39,035.  Racial make-up: White 9%, Black 90%, Other Races 1%.  District 3 is below the 5% deviation, meaning it will have to have at least 1,980 people added to it.
    District 4 – Represented by Democrat Patrick Williams.  Total Population: 42,978.  Racial make-up:  White 24%, Black 74%, Other Races 2%.  District 4 is within the 5% deviation.
   District 5 – Represented by Republican Alan Seabaugh.  Total population: 47,695.  Racial make-up:  White 69%, Black 26%, Other Races 5%.  District 5 is over the 5% deviation and will have to lose at least  2,361 people.
   District 6 – Represented by Republican Thomas Carmody.  Total population: 44,925.  (11,065 live in Bossier, the rest in Caddo).  Racial make-up: White 78%, Black 16%, Other Races 6%.  District 6 is within the 5% deviation.
    District 7 – Represented by Republican Richard Burford.  Total population: 44,046.  (17,803 live in Caddo; 26,243 in DeSoto).  Racial make-up: White 64%, Black 33%, Other Races 3%.  District 7 is within the 5% deviation.
    District 8 – Open seat because Republican Jane Smith is term-limited.  Total population: 53,611.  Racial make-up: White 75%, Black 19%, Other Races 6%.  District 8 is way over the 5% deviation.  It will need to lose at least 8,277 residents.
    District 9 – Represented by Republican Henry Burns.  Total population: 45,910.  Racial make-up: White 74%, Black 22%, Other Races 4%.  District 9 is slightly over the 5% deviation.  It will have to lose at least 576 people.
   District 10 – Open seat because Democrat Jean Doerge is term-limited.  Total population: 41,207.  Racial make-up: White 64%, Black 34%, Other Races 2%.  District 10 is within the 5% deviation.
Just because a House district is within the 5% deviation doesn’t mean its lines will stay as they are now.  Needed changes in other districts may result in  the redrawing of district lines for House districts that  are within the 5% deviation.

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