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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
Area
 • 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)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 20,822
 • Estimate 
(2018)
19,572
 • 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.

History

Prehistory

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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."

Geography

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

Demographics

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,247 people, 7,521 households, and 5,430 families residing in the parish. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km2). There were 9,148 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the parish was 57.9% White, 40.7% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,521 households, out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.00% were married couples living together, 19.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the parish the population was spread out, with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $22,742, and the median income for a family was $28,629. Males had a median income of $27,453 versus $18,678 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $11,966. About 24.30% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.00% of those under age 18 and 20.60% of those age 65 or over.

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.

Communities

City

Towns

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

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Education

Concordia Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.

Notable people

Arts and entertainment

Journalism

  • 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

Politics

  • Al Ater, State representative (1984–1988) and secretary of state (2005–2006)
  • Leo Boothe, longest-serving District Judge of Concordia Parish and Catahoula Parish (1991−2015)
  • Clifford Cleveland Brooks, planter in St. Joseph, represented Concordia Parish in the Louisiana State Senate from 1924 to 1932.
  • James H. "Jim" Brown, state senator (1972–1980), Louisiana secretary of state (1980–1988), and insurance commissioner (1992–2000)
  • Charles C. Cordill, Louisiana state senator representing Concordia and Tensas parishes from 1884 to 1912
  • Noah W. Cross, Concordia Parish sheriff, 1944−1948; 1952−1973
  • Brenham C. Crothers, Ferriday cattleman; state senator from delta parishes from 1948 to 1952 and 1956−1960
  • Troyce Guice, U.S. Senate candidate, 1966 and 1986
  • Bryant Hammett, state representative, 1992–2006
  • Shelby M. Jackson, Education superintendent, 1948–1964
  • Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester (1858−1909), spent part of her childhood at Ravenswood Place plantation, in the vicinity of Lake St. John.
  • Ed Rand, late state representative (1960−1964) from Rapides Parish had a second home on Lake St. John.
  • Dan Richey, state senator, 1980–1984
  • Fred L. Schiele, state representative (1964−1968), Concordia Parish sheriff (1973−1980)
  • J. Robert Wooley, state insurance commissioner (2000−2006); practiced law in Concordia Parish with James H. "Jim" Brown in late 1970s

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