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|Parish of Richland|
Alto Presbyterian Church
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||September 29, 1878|
|Named for||Fertile (rich) land in the area|
|• Total||576 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||559 sq mi (1,450 km2)|
|• Water||9.375 sq mi (24.28 km2) 1.6%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||35.98/sq mi (13.892/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Richland Parish is a parish located in the North Louisiana Delta Country in the U.S. state of Louisiana, known for its fertile, flat farmland, cane brakes, and open spaces. The name Richland was chosen due to the rich production from farming. The parish seat and largest community is Rayville.
Richland Parish is home to the first parishwide public library in the State of Louisiana. The library was built in 1925 by the Lambda Kappa Club of Rayville. R.R. Rhymes donated the original building in memory of his wife, Nonnie Roark Rhymes. In 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Bibb Ingram, a granddaughter to Nonnie Rhymes, as a member of the Louisiana State Library Board.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 565 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 559 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (1.0%) is water.
- Interstate 20
- U.S. Highway 80
- Louisiana Highway 15
- Louisiana Highway 17
- Louisiana Highway 585
- Morehouse Parish (north)
- West Carroll Parish (northeast)
- East Carroll Parish (northeast)
- Madison Parish (east)
- Franklin Parish (southeast)
- Caldwell Parish (southwest)
- Ouachita Parish (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,981 people, 7,490 households, and 5,482 families residing in the parish. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 8,335 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 60.96% White, 38.01% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,490 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the parish the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.30 males.
The median income for a household in the parish was $23,668, and the median income for a family was $29,075. Males had a median income of $28,471 versus $18,587 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,479. About 23.10% of families and 27.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.50% of those under age 18 and 20.90% of those age 65 or over.
Rhymes Memorial Library in Rayville is the first parishwide public library in Louisiana.
- Delhi Elementary
- Delhi Junior High
- Delhi High School
- Holli Ridge Elementary
- Mangham Elementary
- Mangham Junior High
- Mangham High School
- Rayville Elementary
- Rayville Junior High
- Rayville, High School
- Start Elementary
- Riverfield Academy, K-12
- Delhi Charter, K-12
Community and technical colleges
- Louisiana Delta Community College, (with campus locations in neighboring Tallulah, Winnsboro, Lake Providence, Bastrop, Monroe, and West Monroe.)
- University of Louisiana at Monroe
- Louisiana Tech University, (Ruston)
- Grambling State University, (Grambling)
|Interstates and State Highways|
|U.S. Highway 80|
|Louisiana Highway 15|
|Louisiana Highway 17|
|Louisiana Highway 585|
|Louisiana Highway 132|
|Louisiana Highway 133|
|Louisiana Highway 135|
|Air, Rail, Levee|
|Rayville Municipal Airport|
|Delhi Municipal Airport|
|Monroe Regional Airport|
|Kansas City Southern Railroad|
|Tensas Basin Levee District|
- Ralph Abraham, from Alto, elected Member of Congress in The United States House of Representatives.
- Harry W. Addison was a Southern author and humorist who resided in Rayville from 1945 to 1957.
- Jamar Adcock, a politician and banker in Monroe, born in Richland Parish
- Benny Gay Christian, state representative for Richland Parish, 1964 to 1974.
- Terry Doughty, is a federally appointed judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
- George B. Franklin, Jr., was a prominent planter, philanthropist, and conservationist.
- Elvin Hayes, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, born in Rayville
- Arlene Howell, Miss Louisiana USA 1958, Miss USA 1958
- Fred W. Jones, Jr., city, district, and state court judge, born in Rayville; resided in Ruston, Louisiana
- Ralph E. King, Winnsboro physician who represented Richland Parish in the Louisiana State Senate from 1944 to 1952 and again from 1956 to 1960
- William L Kirk, of Rayville was a United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe.
- Moses J. Liddell was appointed by President Grover Cleveland as a judge for the Supreme Court of the Montana Territory.
- Wiley Person Mangham, an American publisher and editor. He is the namesake for the town of Mangham, Louisiana
- Charles McConnell, politician in Springhill, Louisiana; a native of Richland Parish
- Keith Munyan, Jr., commercial photographer in North Hollywood, California
- Tim McGraw, Country musician, born in Delhi, and raised in Start
- Darryl Riser, editor of the Delhi Dispatch and Richland Beacon-News and, formerly, the Richland Journal
- Robert Max Ross, was a Republican politician and activist who qualified to run for Governor, U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House, for the purpose of advancing the two-party system in Louisiana, at a time it did not exist.
- Francis C. Thompson served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1975 until 2008; since in the Louisiana State Senate
Tim McGraw, a famous country musician.
Ralph Abraham, U.S. House of Representatives.
Elvin Hayes, NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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