Parishes with the most seniors in Louisiana

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August 30, 2022
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Parishes with the most seniors in Louisiana

Seniors will comprise more than 20% of U.S. residents in 2030, up from 15% in 2020. By 2034, older adults will outnumber children, according to Census Bureau projections.

Across the U.S., 52 million Americans are 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a quarter of them live in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. By comparison, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska each have fewer than 150,000 senior residents. The size of a state's senior population means a lot in terms of demand for resources like health care, affordable housing, assisted living, in-home and nursing care, and support services, and the quality and availability of those resources help determine where seniors migrate.

With baby boomers moving into old age, fewer babies being born, and longer life expectancies, the senior population of America is on a spectacular rise. The lengthening of the U.S. life expectancy has been particularly dramatic, rising to nearly 79 years from 68 years in 1950.

Stacker compiled a list of parishes with the most seniors in Louisiana using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Parishes are ranked by the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older according to 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to find out which parishes have the most seniors in Louisiana.

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#50. Tangipahoa Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.5%
- Median age: 35.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 34.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 36.1 years old
- Total population: 133,753 people
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#49. Allen Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.2%
- Median age: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.2 years old
- Total population: 25,572 people
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#48. Calcasieu Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.0%
- Median age: 36.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 35 years old
--- Median age of females: 37.1 years old
- Total population: 202,858 people
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#47. Terrebonne Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.4%
- Median age: 36.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 37.1 years old
- Total population: 111,297 people
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#46. Ouachita Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.9%
- Median age: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 34.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 37.8 years old
- Total population: 154,679 people

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#45. New Orleans

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.0%
- Median age: 37.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 38 years old
- Total population: 391,249 people
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#44. Grant Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 14.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.5%
- Median age: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.6 years old
- Total population: 22,339 people
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#43. Iberia Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.9%
- Median age: 37.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 37.6 years old
- Total population: 70,763 people
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#42. St. Martin Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.1%
- Median age: 37.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.1 years old
- Total population: 53,607 people
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#41. Evangeline Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.5%
- Median age: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 34.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.3 years old
- Total population: 33,491 people

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#40. Vermilion Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.5%
- Median age: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.9 years old
- Total population: 59,787 people
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#39. Acadia Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.8%
- Median age: 37 years old
--- Median age of males: 36 years old
--- Median age of females: 38 years old
- Total population: 62,371 people
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#38. West Feliciana Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 16.4%
- Median age: 42.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 41 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.9 years old
- Total population: 15,441 people
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#37. Lafourche Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 38.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 39 years old
- Total population: 97,980 people
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#36. Beauregard Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.7%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.6 years old
- Total population: 37,387 people

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#35. Iberville Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 15.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.6%
- Median age: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.4 years old
- Total population: 32,626 people
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#34. St. Landry Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.8%
- Median age: 36.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 34.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.5 years old
- Total population: 82,786 people
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#33. Rapides Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.8%
- Median age: 37.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.4 years old
- Total population: 130,376 people
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#32. Jefferson Davis Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.5%
- Median age: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.4 years old
- Total population: 31,425 people
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#31. LaSalle Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.7%
- Median age: 38.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.3 years old
- Total population: 14,950 people

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#30. Natchitoches Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.3%
- Median age: 33.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 32.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 34.8 years old
- Total population: 38,505 people
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#29. St. Mary Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 16.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.0%
- Median age: 39.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.3 years old
- Total population: 50,020 people
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#28. Caddo Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 37.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.2 years old
- Total population: 243,243 people
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#27. Avoyelles Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.5%
- Median age: 38.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.4 years old
- Total population: 40,465 people
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#26. Catahoula Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.6%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.5 years old
- Total population: 9,586 people

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#25. St. Tammany Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.9%
- Median age: 40.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.4 years old
- Total population: 258,447 people
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#24. Jefferson Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.1%
- Median age: 39.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.7 years old
- Total population: 434,903 people
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#23. St. James Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.5 years old
- Total population: 21,142 people
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#22. Concordia Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.1 years old
- Total population: 19,533 people
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#21. Richland Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 39 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.7 years old
- Total population: 20,251 people

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#20. De Soto Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.0%
- Median age: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.8 years old
- Total population: 27,395 people
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#19. Franklin Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.3%
- Median age: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.7 years old
- Total population: 20,109 people
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#18. Washington Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 39.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.2 years old
- Total population: 46,325 people
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#17. East Feliciana Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 17.7%
- Median age: 43.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 47 years old
- Total population: 19,228 people
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#16. Cameron Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.7%
- Median age: 44.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 44.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.7 years old
- Total population: 6,963 people

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#15. Assumption Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.6%
- Median age: 41.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 42 years old
- Total population: 22,236 people
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#14. Caldwell Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.1%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.7 years old
- Total population: 9,959 people
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#13. Winn Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.6%
- Median age: 41.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.3 years old
- Total population: 14,165 people
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#12. Morehouse Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.1%
- Median age: 40.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.9 years old
- Total population: 25,189 people
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#11. Red River Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 19%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 40.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.5 years old
- Total population: 8,462 people

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#10. West Carroll Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 19%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 40.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 42 years old
- Total population: 10,934 people
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#9. Claiborne Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 17.7%
- Median age: 41.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 46.5 years old
- Total population: 15,854 people
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#8. St. Helena Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.0%
- Median age: 41.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.9 years old
- Total population: 10,227 people
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#7. Webster Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.5 years old
- Total population: 38,813 people
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#6. Bienville Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 42.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.8 years old
- Total population: 13,391 people

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#5. Jackson Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.9%
- Median age: 41.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.9 years old
- Total population: 15,822 people
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#4. Sabine Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.5%
- Median age: 41.6 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.6 years old
- Total population: 23,915 people
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#3. Union Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.0%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.2 years old
- Total population: 22,270 people
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#2. Pointe Coupee Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.1%
- Median age: 43.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 46.2 years old
- Total population: 21,883 people
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#1. Tensas Parish

- Population aged 65 or older: 24.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.4%
- Median age: 44.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 48.9 years old
- Total population: 4,435 people

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