Fort Polk South, LA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
48,452
1.25% 1-year decline
US Senator
Bill Cassidy
Republican Party
US Senator
John Kennedy
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
31.5
2.61% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18%
1.92% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$56,547
6.26% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$141,900
13% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Fort Polk South, LA had a population of 48.5k people with a median age of 31.5 and a median household income of $56,547. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Fort Polk South, LA declined from 49,064 to 48,452, a −1.25% decrease and its median household income grew from $53,215 to $56,547, a 6.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fort Polk South, LA are White (Non-Hispanic) (69.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (13.2%), White (Hispanic) (5.14%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.26%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.98%).

None of the households in Fort Polk South, LA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.8% of the residents in Fort Polk South, LA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Fort Polk South, LA was $141,900, and the homeownership rate was 55.3%.

Most people in Fort Polk South, LA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Polk South, LA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Fort Polk South, LA is home to a population of 48.5k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.28% of Fort Polk South, LA residents were born outside of the country (1.59k people).

In 2022, there were 5.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.8k people) in Fort Polk South, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.49k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Fort Polk South, LA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Polk South, LA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fort Polk South, LA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33.8k ± 146
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    6.41k ± 209
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.49k ± 262
9.63%
Hispanic Population
4.66k people

In 2022, there were 5.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.8k people) in Fort Polk South, LA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.49k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.63% of the people in Fort Polk South, LA are hispanic (4.66k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fort Polk South, LA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.28%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.59k people
3.51%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.72k people

As of 2022, 3.28% of Fort Polk South, LA residents (1.59k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Polk South, LA was 3.51%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,452 ± 319
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,087 ± 156
  3. Vietnam
    932 ± 144

Fort Polk South, LA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Fort Polk South, LA employs 15.9k people. The largest industries in Fort Polk South, LA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,052 people), Retail Trade (1,811 people), and Educational Services (1,719 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,161), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($58,125), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($54,715).

Occupations

15.9k
2022 Value
± 753
0.449%
1 Year growth
± 6.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fort Polk South, LA grew at a rate of 0.449%, from 15.8k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Polk South, LA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,789 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,542 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,319 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Polk South, LA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15.9k
2022 Value
± 753
0.449%
1 Year growth
± 6.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fort Polk South, LA grew at a rate of 0.449%, from 15.8k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Polk South, LA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,052 people), Retail Trade (1,811 people), and Educational Services (1,719 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Polk South, LA, though some of these residents may live in Fort Polk South, LA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,361
Median earning men ± $3,210
$30,209
Median earning women ± $1,966

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($56,944), Manufacturing ($56,293), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,950).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($42,833), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($42,029), and Information ($41,325).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.78%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.94M people employed in Louisiana. This represents a 1.78% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Louisiana.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 271
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 181
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 162
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Louisiana went to Donald J. Trump with 58.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.01%).

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing the state of Louisiana. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Louisiana

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Bill Cassidy
Senator from Louisiana2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
John Kennedy
Senator from Louisiana3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are the senators currently representing Louisiana.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Louisiana over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Louisiana

Louisiana is currently represented by 6 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Louisiana have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.811% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.2M), Some college (811k), and Secondary Education (604k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Polk South, LA was $141,900 in 2022, which is 0.503 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $125,600 to $141,900, a 13% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Polk South, LA is 55.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Fort Polk South, LA have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fort Polk South, LA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Fort Polk South, LA is $56,547. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Fort Polk South, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

Property

$141,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,150
$9,809
Median Property Taxes
±$519

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Polk South, LA the largest share of households pay taxes in the None range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Fort Polk South, LA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

55.3%
Homeownership
2022
66.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 55.3% of the housing units in Fort Polk South, LA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.4%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Polk South, LA was Ascension Parish, LA with a value of $93,800, followed by West Baton Rouge Parish, LA and St. Charles Parish, LA, with respective values of $80,510 and $79,191.

The following map shows all of the counties in Fort Polk South, LA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$56,547
Median Household Income
± $2,244
17.7k
Number of Households
± 784

In 2022, the median household income of the 17.7k households in Fort Polk South, LA grew to $56,547 from the previous year's value of $53,215.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Polk South, LA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Polk South, LA is from Louisiana.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Louisiana
0.467
2021 Wage GINI in Louisiana

In 2022, the income inequality in Louisiana was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.313% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Louisiana was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Louisiana in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Louisiana across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81%)
  2. Carpooled (8.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.66%)

In 2022, 81% of workers in Fort Polk South, LA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.4%) and those who worked at home (4.66%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Polk South, LA have a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.21% of the workforce in Fort Polk South, LA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Polk South, LA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Polk South, LA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Polk South, LA (8.39k out of 46.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Polk South, LA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Fort Polk South, LA has health coverage, with 23.6% on employee plans, 22.9% on Medicaid, 9.04% on Medicare, 16.8% on non-group plans, and 19.6% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see 1434 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1466 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 305 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,434 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Louisiana

Primary care physicians in Louisiana see an average of 1,434 patients per year. This represents a 2.18% decrease from the previous year (1,466 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Louisiana in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30% under 18 years, 21.8% between 18 and 34 years, 33.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.06%
Uninsured
23.6%
Employer Coverage
22.9%
Medicaid
9.04%
Medicare
16.8%
Non-Group
19.6%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Polk South, LA declined by 0.614% from 8.11% to 8.06%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Polk South, LA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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