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Concordia Parish, Louisiana
Parish of Concordia
Old Concordia Parish Courthouse in Vidalia
Old Concordia Parish Courthouse in Vidalia
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Region Central
Founded 1807
Named for Possibly a land grant, New Concordia
Parish seat (and largest city) Vidalia
 • Total 1,930 km2 (747 sq mi)
 • Land 1,810 km2 (697 sq mi)
 • Water 100 km2 (50 sq mi)
 • percentage 17 km2 (6.7 sq mi)
 • Total 20,822
 • Estimate 
 • Density 10.762/km2 (27.874/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 318
Congressional district 5th

Concordia Parish (French: Paroisse de Concordia) borders the Mississippi River in eastern central Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,822. The parish seat is Vidalia. The parish was formed in 1807.

Concordia Parish is part of the Natchez, MS–LA Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is historically considered part of the Natchez District, devoted to cotton cultivation as a commodity crop, in contrast to the sugar cane crop of southern Louisiana. Other Louisiana parishes of similar character are East and West Carroll, Madison and Tensas, all in this lowlying delta land. On the east side of the Mississippi River is the Natchez District around the city of Natchez, Mississippi.



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Frogmore Mound Site on U.S. Highway 84 near Ferriday

Concordia Parish was the home to many succeeding Native American groups in the thousands of years before European settlements began. Peoples of the Marksville culture, Troyville culture, Coles Creek culture and Plaquemine culture built villages and mound sites throughout the area. Notable examples include Cypress Grove Mound, DePrato Mounds, Frogmore Mound Site, and Lamarque Landing Mound.

Historic era

Concordia was named for a Latin word meaning "harmony".

During the American Civil War, Concordia Parish was staunchly Confederate. According to the historian John D. Winters in his The Civil War in Louisiana (1963), Concordia, "a planter-dominated parish, displayed unusual Confederate patriotism in early March [1862]. A handsome bounty of $100 was offered to any man who joined one of three designated companies forming for the duration of the war. A bounty of $50 would be paid to those joining either of two companies being raised in the neighboring parish of Catahoula. A $50,000 bond issue was voted to finance the bounty program. . . . $40,000 was appropriated for the relief of needy families of volunteers in the parish."


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 747 square miles (1,930 km2), of which 697 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 50 square miles (130 km2) (6.7%) is water.

The parish is completely agricultural bottomlands. The Ouachita River runs along the west boundary, the Red River along the south, and the Mississippi River along the east. All three rivers are contained by large levee systems.

Major highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • Louisiana 15.svg Louisiana Highway 15
  • Louisiana 566.svg Louisiana Highway 566

Adjacent counties and parishes

National protected area

State protected area

  • Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,626
1830 4,662 77.5%
1840 9,414 101.9%
1850 7,758 −17.6%
1860 13,805 77.9%
1870 9,977 −27.7%
1880 14,914 49.5%
1890 14,871 −0.3%
1900 13,559 −8.8%
1910 14,278 5.3%
1920 12,466 −12.7%
1930 12,778 2.5%
1940 14,562 14.0%
1950 14,398 −1.1%
1960 20,467 42.2%
1970 22,578 10.3%
1980 22,981 1.8%
1990 20,828 −9.4%
2000 20,247 −2.8%
2010 20,822 2.8%
2018 (est.) 19,572 −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Concordia Parish racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 10,157 54.35%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,477 40.01%
Native American 39 0.21%
Asian 115 0.62%
Other/Mixed 440 2.35%
Hispanic or Latino 459 2.46%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,687 people, 7,162 households, and 4,562 families residing in the parish.

National Guard

1086TH Transportation Company of the 165TH CSS (Combat Service Support) Battalion of the 139TH RSG (Regional Support Group) resides in Vidalia, Louisiana on the western border of Mississippi.




Map of Concordia Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Concordia Parish, with municipal labels

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


Concordia Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

Notable people

Arts and entertainment


  • Campbell Brown, Emmy-award-winning journalist, CNN Anchor/host.
  • Sam Hanna, Sr., late publisher of Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday
  • Howard K. Smith, ABC and CBS commentator

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See also

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