2020 Census Results – Natchitoches Parish Population Decreased

The Census Bureau released its 2020 Census results Thursday. The data shows that Natchitoches Parish’s population decreased by 5.2% in the last 10 years from 39,566 in 2010 to 37,515 in 2020, a decrease of 2,051 people (205 people per year).

Possible effects of population decline are:

fewer schools, due to there being fewer children;
a drop in house prices because more homes are unoccupied;
fewer new homes being built;
less demand for rented accommodation;
fewer care facilities;
less turnover of product for shops and businesses;
fewer sports facilities;
fewer people going to the theatre, cinema or concerts, so these facilities are eventually cut back;
local residents have to travel further to reach the facilities they want.

To dive into more detail about Natchitoches Parish Census Data from the 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, click the file below:

Population Changes Across the Country Since the 2010 Census

Yesterday’s release reveals changes in the size and distribution of the population across the United States. The population of U.S. metro areas grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020, resulting in 86% of the population living in U.S. metro areas in 2020, compared to 85% in 2010.

“Many counties within metro areas saw growth, especially those in the south and west. However, as we’ve seen in our annual population estimates, our nation is growing slower than it used to,” said Marc Perry, a senior demographer at the Census Bureau. “This decline is evident at the local level where around 52% of the counties in the United States saw their 2020 Census populations decrease from their 2010 Census populations.”

County and metro area highlights:

The largest county in the United States in 2020 remains Los Angeles County, with over 10 million people.
The largest city (incorporated place) in the United States in 2020 remains New York, with 8.8 million people.
312 of the 384 U.S. metro areas gained population between 2010 and 2020.
The fastest-growing U.S. metro area between the 2010 Census and 2020 Census was The Villages, FL, which grew 39% from about 93,000 people to about 130,000 people.

72 U.S. metro areas lost population from the 2010 Census to the 2020 Census. The U.S. metro areas with the most significant percentage declines were Pine Bluff, AR, and Danville, IL, at -12.5 percent and -9.1 percent, respectively.

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2 thoughts on “2020 Census Results – Natchitoches Parish Population Decreased

  1. Most likely it has to with bad roads, poor performing schools, high taxes , lack of good jobs, and crime/drugs

  2. I love Natchitoches and I have many dear friends that live and work there, however there is a reason for this decline and its not because the town lacks beauty, personality, or the amount of great citizens. I venture to say that it is probably the amount of taxes that seem to ever increase and the ability for one towns leaders to have companies turned off by their seemingly closed loop commerce. However even when a company is finally able to become a part of the area the powers to be do whatever it is that they do to keep higher paying jobs off the table, and I know everyone is like that’s not true why would they do such a thing. Well it all boils down to who is it going to affect when a company with higher paying wages makes its home in Natchitoches…….well I can’t name names but just think of it this way, if you had a business and say 5 or more employees paying them 7.75 for regular laborers and 12 to 15 dollars an hour for skilled labor and company X wants to open its doors here but they pay there entry level labor 12 to 15 dollars per hour and skilled upwards of 25 to 30 dollars per hour. Wouldn’t that be an issue for the companies that are not paying but minimum wage or say 15 for your skilled labor (and I mean skilled labor, there are guys that work in Natchitoches that are sharp and are way above average in their respective trade or skill). Company X would draw these really sharp employees to work at their company because that is how you get sharp loyal employees. These guys could easily go to Shreveport or Alexandria and double their pay or more but you know why they don’t its because some love Natchitoches, some do not want to spend the time driving. Natchitoches does not have to be like this, its a lovely town with amazing people and a heritage that has no comparison. It should never be called or referred to as the poorest town per capita in the state it has the makings to be the wealthiest.

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