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East Carroll Parish
East Carroll Parish Courthouse in Lake Providence
East Carroll Parish Courthouse in Lake Providence
Map of Louisiana highlighting East Carroll Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded March 26, 1877
Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Seat Lake Providence
Largest town Lake Providence
 • Total 442 sq mi (1,140 km2)
 • Land 421 sq mi (1,090 km2)
 • Water 22 sq mi (60 km2)  4.9%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 5th

East Carroll Parish (French: Paroisse de Carroll Est) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,759. The parish seat is Lake Providence.

The original Carroll Parish, before it was divided into "East" and "West" segments, was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and the last surviving signer of the document. The parish was split in 1877. Prior to 1814, all of the territory covered by the current East Carroll Parish was part of the now defunct Warren Parish.

The famous black bear hunt waged in 1907 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt began in East Carroll Parish near Lake Providence. When a particular bear managed to elude the hunters, the camp was moved to Bear Lake in Madison Parish near Tallulah. The 21-year-old Arthur Spencer of Richland Parish took a picture of Roosevelt in the heavily armed hunting party. Among the hunters was future Governor John M. Parker, the vice-presidential choice of the Bull Moose Party ticket in the 1916 presidential election.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 442 square miles (1,140 km2), of which 421 square miles (1,090 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (4.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • Louisiana 2.svg Louisiana Highway 2

Adjacent counties and parishes


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12,134
1890 12,362 1.9%
1900 11,373 −8.0%
1910 11,637 2.3%
1920 11,231 −3.5%
1930 15,815 40.8%
1940 19,023 20.3%
1950 16,302 −14.3%
1960 14,433 −11.5%
1970 12,884 −10.7%
1980 11,772 −8.6%
1990 9,709 −17.5%
2000 9,421 −3.0%
2010 7,759 −17.6%
Est. 2015 7,307 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013


Whereas according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,421 people, 2,969 households, and 2,140 families residing in the parish. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 3,303 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 31.60% White, 67.29% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 1.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,969 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.00% were married couples living together, 27.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the parish the population was spread out with 30.30% under the age of 18, 11.50% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 18.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 104.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.90 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $20,723, and the median income for a family was $24,554. Males had a median income of $22,099 versus $18,672 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $9,629. About 32.60% of families and 40.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 56.80% of those under age 18 and 32.70% of those age 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.

2011 poverty data

Of 3,197 counties ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 for "estimated percent of people of all ages in poverty", East Carroll Parish was fifth. It was estimated that 44 percent of the county's residents lived in poverty.


Map of East Carroll Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of East Carroll Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels


Unincorporated Communities


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